From internationally touring production show singer / dancer, to aerial acrobat in a dynamic stunt show, to resident pianist at Los Angeles’ most iconic venues, to a Masters of Science degree and world wide humanitarian activism, Autumn Melody Thomas has led a vivacious and versatile existence across four continents and many careers. At age four, Autumn was placed on a piano to spend the next two decades perfecting classical theory and performance while simultaneously becoming a SAG-AFTRA film and television actress with household names like Disney, Mattel, Universal Pictures, and NBC.
With over 30 film, television, and commercial appearances before graduating high school in the top of her class, Autumn immediately booked work post-graduation as a production show lead vocalists in several prominent regional theatres, dinner theatres, and notably a musical circus / stunt show in Los Angeles. While obtaining her University degree in music and theatrical performance, Autumn put herself through school by performing regularly as a singer / dancer, and upon completing her degree, quickly landed several residencies abroad, including a year long singer dancer contract on Resort’s World Sentosa Island in Singapore, performing a high energy rock musical in Adam Lambert’s gorgeous 2,000 seat Pantages Theatre on the island. During this time, Autumn also booked a number of high profile, internationally televised corporate events and voice over work before completing her contract and taking off to China. For the next several months, Autumn combined her talent for the performing arts with her passion towards humanitarianism by helping to shape and implement a Julliard ArtReach program that brought art and music to stretches of the world that don’t have ample access to it.
As her adventures in Asia came to a close, Autumn returned to her stunt show in Los Angeles and was simultaneously picked up by some of Southern California’s leading corporate entertainment / cover bands including Liquid Blue; Guinness World Record holder for world’s most traveled band, among other notable companies. This afforded the opportunity to perform on the Las Vegas Strip, sing backup vocals for Broadway’s Sarah Brightman, entertain the NFL All-Stars, open for a ZZ-Top performance, provide entertainment for Larry Ellison (Oracle CEO and fifth wealthiest man in the world), along with a plethora of other celebrities and dignitaries around the globe. During this explosion of gigs, Autumn spent her daytime shaping her aerial acrobatic skills and performing them in her stunt show several days a week.
After being cast in an original touring cast production with Broadway entertainment company McCoy - Rigby (Broadway star Cathy Rigby’s company), Autumn took a break from corporate entertainment to set out on a U.S. National tour as a singer/dancer (with some aerial work in there too!); performing in the country’s most famous Equity Theatres and making media appearances. Upon the tour’s conclusion, Autumn booked back to back international tours with Spirit Productions / Dublin Worldwide Entertainment in their global award winning, 15-year touring show; Spirit of the Dance. After more adventures on the road, Autumn set out to sea after booking reoccurring Guest Entertainer / Headliner Show contracts on five-star cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and well known showrooms like Harrah’s / Caesar’s Casinos.
With years of international and national touring, and over thirty different countries under her belt, Autumn returned to Southern California to her first and greatest love; the piano. Moving from the corporate / party band scene, to luxury resorts, hotels, and restaurants, Autumn worked as a resident piano / vocalist for notable venues such as The Ritz, The Montage Beverly Hills, Terrenea Luxury Resort, Seasons 52, Island Hotel Newport Beach, Mastros Oceanclub among several others. During this time, a dynamic change occurred as her work load shifted to only nights and Autumn began volunteering with The United Nations Association of The United States of America and at a Refugee centre in Orange County during her daytimes.
As her passion for humanitarianism and human rights escalated exponentially, Autumn’s volunteer service expanded and she was appointed to the Board of Directors for the UNA and began heading up the Job Coaching program at the refugee centre. During this time, while continuing her piano / vocalist career with high end bookings at Monarch Beach Resort Laguna Beach, The Waterfront Hotel Huntington Beach, and JW Marriot’s all over the country; Autumn also began booking studio session vocalist work for a number of prominent LA producers and up and coming artists.
Taking a break from the bustling industry nights in LA and busy daytimes filled with volunteer work, Autumn landed her dream tour as a solo piano vocalist throughout Europe’s best hotels, resorts, and piano bars. The conclusion of this international tour brought an even greater sense of needing to give back and focus her life more in the direction of humanitarian activism. The next step for Autumn led to a permanent move to central London to obtain a Masters of Science in Global Governance and Ethics at University College London; consistently ranked one of the top ten universities in the world! Here Autumn specialised in human rights, international law, global ethics, qualitative and quantitative research methods.
However, never able to stray too far from the wonderful world of music, Autumn booked residencies at two of London’s (and the world’s) most iconic hotels as she completed her degree; The Savoy and The Dorchester. Additionally, Autumn is seen at the Royal Auto Club, Crown London Aspinal, The Four Seasons Park Lane, Park Plaza Westminster, Jack Solomon’s Soho, The Westbury, and Toulouse Latrec Jazz Club. While continuing to book music and aerial gigs through high profile corporate entertainment, Autumn completed her research dissertation on reconceptualisation and mobilisation of pacifism as a normative framework for the contemporary international system to combat large scale human rights violations with pre-conflict monitoring and de-escalation mechanisms.
Immediately after handing in her dissertation, Autumn begin working on Brexit policy analysis and briefing with the DEFRA branch of the UK government as a senior executive officer. She continues to volunteer regularly, advance her Italian skills, run marathons, create music, and work towards her goals of international diplomacy and human rights. Life is a gift and Autumn never lets a moment go wasted; the past decade was filled with adventurous travels and stage lights… the next decade will be dedicated to helping others and making the world a better place.