Shelley Thompson

Best known in Eastern Canada as Barb Lahey from Trailer Park Boys,  Shelley grew up in Calgary and trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.  Her work in the UK included a long running family television series, leading roles in productions in London’s West End, at the Royal National Theatre and in Regional Theatres throughout the country. 

She was a regular broadcaster for BBC radio, writing as well as playing leading roles.  Since returning to Canada and settling in NS she’s played leading roles at the ATF, the Neptune, many regional theatres, and in the company that she formed with her partner, Ed Thomason, Willpower.  She was artistic producer of Willpower for 10 years, producing theatre and large scale fundraising events.  

Extensive work in radio and television has included Trailer Park Boys, many MOW’s, film and short film (ACTRA award winner for Two Penny Road-Kill 2013) and for  WAKE, the Best supporting Actress, LA’s Love Unlimited Festival, 2011.

She was associate producer/poet with Peggy Hemsworth of CBC Halifax on two productions:  The Live Poets Society and After The Solstice.

 As a playwright, her play A Kind of Faith was presented in Wolfville during the Acadian Congress of 2004. 

Her plays for family audiences (Belinda the Bicycle Witch and Lost and Found) have been presented at Festival Antigonish and Annapolis Valley Schools. 

Her play ...And How Are We Today (co-written with poet Anne Simpson), was a creation for St. FX Department of Nursing.   

Her poetry has been included in the literary journal Toward the Light, Papirmasse, and the CBC website.

Her short story Bowls of Cheer was included in a Nimbus Christmas Anthology of Short Stories and broadcast with another Christmas story, December 1945 national on CBC Christmas 2010.  

She is presently working on a first volume of poetry, a music based radio/film doc with working title A Maritime Home Invasion, has been one of the Eastern Front Playwrights Unit 2012-2013 (Leaving Wonderland).  Presently focusing on screenwriting, her short film DAWG will be shot in the fall of 2014.


Shelley loves to work with high school, university and community groups on play creation with issue-driven group and individual writing.  She is available for workshops to explore community building through play-creation


Plays include:

The Fezziwig Series- (3 90 minute Scripts):  2003- 2007, Fezziwig Society, Wolfville, NS  

A Kind of Faith - (Produced by Willpower Theatre, NS, 2004)

Belinda the Bicycle Witch ( Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre/Willpower 2005)

Lost and Found  2008 - Family Stage, Festival Antigonish

 ...And How are We Today?   2010 - Nursing Dept, St. FX

Leaving Wonderland (un-produced as yet)(Eastern Front Theatre, Playwrights Unit, 2012/2013