Claudette Athea Douglas is Pastor, Poet, Performer and ordained inter-denominational Minister. She is a Spiritual Warrior and Cultural Activist with long history of campaigning for causes of social equality, racial justice, community cohesion and greater spiritual Interaction between all peoples of the earth.
As the founder and Spiritual Director of Spirit First Creatives which is a social enterprise, she has been able to combine her creativity, spirituality and community engagement expertise to create an integrated, metaphysical, transformation-centered – organization. The enterprise empowers participants to transform the mind body and spirit through wellbeing strategies tools events and resources that enable, enrich, enlighten and inspire personal growth, development and advancement.
Her Theatre work began in Jamaica where she migrated to as a teenager. Here she won numerous Gold Medals and awards for speech, music and Drama at the Jamaican Cultural Development commission National Cultural Festival of Arts when a student at Dinthhill Technical high school where she was tutored and mentored by Jamaican luminaries Ike [Stowie] Williams, Oliver Samuels and Miss Lou The Honorable Louise Bennet. She became a member of Self Theatre Company in Spanish Town. She stared alongside Earl Vassal in The sexy Village Rooster Ed Bim Lewis productions
When she returned to the UK she taught drama for Lambeth Youth Aid, Brixton Recreation Centre and Harmony Music and Dramatic Arts with Eugene Thomson
She was a founder member of La compagnie where she devised and produced Mixty Motions, Court of Jah and monthly community based showcases at The Dick Sheppard Théâtre in South London. As Artistic Director of Athea Hall Theatre Company she directed and stared in many successful fringe theatre productions such as Bups Hall –Anthony Ellis Hurricane Baby[Hall –Anthony Ellis] and the Award Winning 1888 Hall –Anthony Ellis which successfully toured Nigeria in 1992.
As a playwright she has written and produced many plays including Dear Pastor - Baby Father-where’s daddy - Our beautiful Launderette [Scarman Trust] The Wickedest Slam [Women’s Aide ]
She has also written plays for youth theatre productions including Mr. Whites Shop, The Motown Story, Ragggella, Romeo and Juliet in the hood and To lose this world
Films include Concrete Garden [Alrick Riley] Velma’s Drink up [Adrian Brown] and 1888 -Winner of Caribbean Critiques Circle Award [Don Buckner]
Recent roles 2015 Waiting for O [Deborah Robinson] 2016 - 2018 she starred as the legendary Harriet Tubman i Voice of Black Folk [Khareem Jamal]
2019 – Windrush Story- [No budget Films]
This year she will publish her first book of poems Black Blessed and British and in 2021 she will premier her one woman show of the same name