Paul Thompson

Former longtime Artistic Director and co-Founder of Toronto's prestigious Theatre Passe Muraille, and former Director General of The National Theatre School of Canada, Paul Thompson is identified as a leader of the nationalist movement in Canadian Theatre. As a producer he has helped to bring to the stage more than 200 original productions, and in this process assisted in the establishment of more than a half a dozen influential Canadian theatre companies, including Newfoundland's Codco, Saskatchewan's Twenty-fifth Street Theatre, Toronto's Nightwood Theatre, and others. As a creator, he is known for a form of collective theatre that has brought to life more than 30 new Canadian plays. Some of his most recognized pieces include: the trail-breaking production of The Farm Show, I Love You Baby Blue (for which he was arrested and put on trial), Maggie and Pierre and Les Maudits Anglais. He has received a number of awards including the prestigious Silver Ticket Award, four Canada Council for the Arts Awards, a Dora Mavor Moore trophy, and several Chalmers Awards. He is also the only playwright to have been honoured with a Tribute Evening in conjunction with Toronto's world-renowned International Festival of Authors. Most recently he was named officer of the Order of Canada and was just conferred an honourary Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Ontario.