Alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre (2015) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Shelley Thompson, is a screenwriter, playwright, director and award winning performer.
In 2015 her first short film DAWG played at film festivals across North America. In September 2015, her stage play Leaving Wonderland premiered in Halifax, and is now a screenplay on the slat e of WreckHouse Films NFDL. Her poems and stories have been published and broadcast nationally, her children’s plays (Including Belinda the Bicycle Witch, Blue Nose Billy and Lost and Found) performed by amateurs and professionals and her two plays for adults A Kind of Faith (2004 Willpower Theatre) and Leaving Wonderland (2015, LunaSea Theatre) played in Nova Scotia to great notices.
In November 2015, Arts Nova Scotia presented Thompson with an Established Artist Recognition Award.
Favourite work both sides of the Atlantic include: Labyrinth with David Bowie, directed by Jim Henson; seasons at the Royal National Theatre and Me and My Girl and Rick’s Bar Casablanca in the West End; and in one of Canada’s best loved Trailer Parks, playing Barb Lahey. Recently she performed with Alan Hawko and Suzanne Clement in Mike Melski’s film, The Child Remains.
Her feature For Bonnie’s Benefit was selected for development through the Atlantic Film Festival’s script development/pitch program (2016), and another feature, Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor, has been supported in its development by the Canada Council. Her latest short, Bats, will premier at the AFF September 2016.
Thompson works in Halifax and Toronto, is the proud parent of singer/songwriter T. Thomason, and a champion of LGBTQ issues.