• Biography

    Shelley Thompson is a writer, director and award winning performer, alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (UK) and recent (2015) alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre in the screenwriter lab. In 2015/16 her first short film DAWG played at film festivals across North America winning Audience Choice and Best International Short at two (of several.) Her new short, Bats, will premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, Sept 2016, before starting its festival travels. Her stage play Leaving Wonderland premiered in Halifax Sept 2015. and is now a screenplay, recently added to the slate of Wreck House Films for development. Her poems and stories have been included in anthologies and broadcast nationally, her children’s plays performed by amateurs and professionals. 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 in the West End; working with acclaimed Canadian director Michael Langham on Twelfth Night (Viola) and the Tempest (Ariel); working as Barb Lahey in one of Canada’s best loved Trailer Parks, and working with Mike Melski and three other aspiring screenwriters as one of the Atlantic Film Festival's Script Unit and Pitch event, 2016.  Thompson works in Halifax and Toronto,  is the proud parent to singer/songwriter T. Thomason, and a champion of LGBTQ issues.

    Publications
    • Plays/films:

      Childrens: Belinda the Bicycle Witch, Blue-nose Billy, Lost and Found  

      Adults: A Kind of Fatih (2004),Leaving Wonderland (play/screenplay - stage version 2015 LunaSea, film: development, Wreckhouse Films, NFDL)

      Mean Girl Monologues: Halifax Theatre for Young People/Eastern Front Stages

      "...And how are we today?" with (poet) Anne Simpson. Play on access to health care for African and First Nations Nova Scotians

    Awards
    • Actra awards (screen actor), Merritt awards (stage actor), finalist- Atlantic Writing Competition (Poetry, 2014? for ADA), chosen screenwriter for the Atlantic Film Festival Screenwriting/Pitch competition, 2016