BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Melodie L.C. Thompson is a professional performing artist with a Masters in Teaching, a minor in Theater and certification in Special Education. Ms Thompson began her formal training in the arts as a dancer, and has spent over 30 years as a professional actor, storyteller, playwright and choreographer. She has been endorsed as a RISCA Teaching Artist for almost twenty years and is best known for her long-running national tour as Female Buffalo Soldier, Cathay Williams. Her other Rhode Island-based theatrical credits include: The Providence Black Repertory Company (Tribute to Langston Hughes); Rites and Reason Theater (ChangeUp); StagePraise Productions (Moving Day); Trinity Repertory Theater (Every 28 Hours Project); and Mixed Magic Theater (Celebrations: An African Odyssey and The Red Tent). She co-founded and performed in the Rhode Island Black Storytellers’ annual Funda Fest for over a decade. Ms Thompson's contributions to the Rhode Island Arts community have been included in the RI Black Heritage Society's Stages of Freedom Exhibit, honoring the legacy of RI Black Artists from the late 1800's to the present. Her service to the Christian community has been recognized through numerous honors, including official commissioning as an Apostle in the Arts through Harvest International Ministries, California, and serving as the RI Chapter Chair for the National Liturgical Dance Network. Her greatest honor is to have raised three amazing adult children, love her husband, and serve the rdwith the gifts He has entrusted to her.
Ms. Thompson’s initiatives in the arts have often addressed the needs of disabled and/or underrepresented populations. Some of her projects have included: piloting Brown University's "ArtsLiteracy" at Birch Vocational for developmentally disabled students; launching “Advancing in Dance for the Differently-Abled,” in collaboration with Everett Dance Theater and Very Special Arts-RI; producing “W.A.R. Stories: Keep on-a Walkin’”, produced in collaboration with URI Arts and Culture Dept, in recognition of the many American lives lost to racial violence; and directing the W.A.R. Prison Outreach, an arts access program in collaboration with the Women’s Chapel Services at the RI Adult Correctional Institution.
aka Mr. Deep Positivity, is the Healthy Ambassador of Providence and is also the Ambassador for Providence Promise. He is a local celebrity and award winning rap artist/educator who has been on a continuous tour of hundreds of schools in New England since 2002 reaching thousands of students each year. His assemblies are fun, educational and interactive teaching students invaluable life lessons in a language they move and relate to… positive rap. This seasoned veteran has been rapping for over 20 years inspiring youth to be safe, smart, healthy and successful in life so they can follow their dreams. He has written and recorded over 700 positive, powerful songs and released a fun educational series of 7 Lessons for Life CDs. Mr. Deep Positivity is also an award winning TV show host of a show titled, Deep Lessons for Life which features students as the stars of the show and is a published author as well. Mr. Deep Positivity’s impact reaches behind prison walls as well, as he is a member of WAR’s Prison Ministry Team. He is a positive role model for the many children, youth and adults impacted by his performance, educational and ministry work.
Manisha A. Perdereaux is trained in teaching etiquette and creating event ambience for many kinds of people and venues. She brings several years of dance and theatre experience to the W.A.R. Board. She has performed in several GPDA and WAR theatrical productions, as well as assisting with wardrobe for some of these productions. For the past six years, she has served as the leader of Joyful Praise dance ministry at Maranatha Church of God, where she teaches young ladies ages 10-18 to serve and worship God through dance. In 2016 she launched Rejoice, a women's praise dance team. Over the years, she has served as a youth leader and choir director. She has written poems, skits and short plays that have been performed in her church. Her passion is to show the love of Christ and reach the unreachable through the arts of dancing, writing and acting, and to teach others to do likewise.
Has spent many years serving the Lord through volunteer work in many different capacities. She has served food to the homeless, distributed clothing and toys to those in need, and she has also taught teens and children through both Catholic and Protestant churches. Ms Russell’s list of agencies and ministries for which she has volunteered includes the Davinci Center, The Providence Rescue Mission and Peace & Providence. She has also done extensive volunteer work for WSTL Radio, including their Annual Day of Prayer, pledge drives and other events. Karen enjoys singing and has taken part in many musical ministries and community groups, including the Cumberland Lincoln Community Chorus and Faith Christian Center Worship Team. Her love of the arts also includes liturgical dance, and she has danced in both the Bristol 4th of July and the Boston Columbus Day parades. Ms Russell brings to WAR a commitment to prayer, volunteerism, and a heart to serve the Lord.
Raised in New York, Sandra Torres-Morris has served the local community and abroad as a long and short term missionary. She holds a BA in social work and is finishing her MA in holistic child development. She is also a craftsman, skilled in jewelry-making and other health and beauty crafts. She has recently moved to the Rhode Island area for such a time as this to expand God's kingdom along with her husband.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Matthew Morris best known as Simbolik has been ministering for the past 9 years using Hip-Hop as an instrument to bring people to Jesus, with an understanding that Words can bring hope to the hopeless and liberate the captives. Currently serving along with his wife, Simbolik has entered a new season of ministry, and looks forward to serving the Lord with an expanded vision.
Torlo Kormasa Amos
Kormasa is a Communicator. She holds a bachelors degree in Communication, and God has used this gift in both traditional and unexpected ways. Kormasa has been a communicator for those needing advocacy; she has been a strong voice in the Liberian community; and recently, she has spoken poetically and powerfully through her pen. She has also communicated through dance and choreography as a Dance Leader in her church, and as a member of God's Providence Dance Assembly. Kormasa provided a platform for others to be heard and community concerns to be addressed as well, through her online show, "Getting to the Kor" which aired for a year. She truly lives out Luke 4:18-19, for God has anointed her "to bring good news to the poor..... to proclaim that the captives will be released... and to declare that this is the year of the Lord's favor." Kormasa is the wife of graphic designer, Emmanuel Amos, mother to Emiola, and Servant of the Lord in whatever capacity He requires of her.