Judith Thompson

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Judith Thompson


Judith Thompson is one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights. She is also an actor, director, screenwriter, and producer.

Life and Career

Judith Thompson was born on September 20th 1954 in Montreal, Quebec.

Her father was the department head of Psychology at Queen's University and her mother was a professor in the drama department of Queen's[1].

Thompson graduated from Queen’s University in 1976 with a B.A in English, and later studied acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, graduating in 1979. In 2016, Thompson was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen's University[2].

Over the years, Thompson formed a close relationship with Tarragon Theatre, where most of her plays have premiered.

Judith Thompson is interested in the psychology of her characters, often more than their actions[3]. She believes everyone has evil within them and that we all have the capacity to unleash said evil through our actions[3].

Thompson currently lives in Toronto with her family (husband and five children) and continues to teach Theatre studies at the University of Guelph[3].


  • Watching Glory Die (2014)
  • The Grace Project: SICK (2011)
  • Such Creatures (2010)
  • Body and Soul (2009)
  • Palace of the End (2008)
  • Enoch Arden in the Hope Shelter (based on Enoch Arden by Lord Alfred Tennyson and the musical melodrama with the same name by Richard Strauss) (2004)
  • How I got Fired From the Dairy Queen and Ended Up at Abu Ghraib by Pvt. Lynndie England (2004)
  • Capture Me (2004)
  • Habitat (2001)
  • Lost and Delirious (2001) (screenplay)
  • Perfect Pie (2000) (adapted to screenplay in 2002)
  • Sled (1997)
  • White Sand (1991) (radio play)
  • Hedda Gabler (adapted from the classic by Henrik Ibsen) (1991)
  • Lion in the Streets (1990)
  • The Other Side of the Dark (1989)
  • Tornado (1987) (radio play)
  • I Am Yours (1987)
  • White Biting Dog (1984)
  • The Crackwalker (1980)

Awards & Honours

  • Walter Carsen Performing Arts Award
  • 1984 Governor General's Award for Drama - White Biting Dog
  • 1988 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award - I Am Yours
  • 1989 Governor General's Award for Drama - The Other Side of the Dark
  • 1991 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award - Lion in the Streets
  • Officer of the Order of Canada
  • Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award - Palace of the End
  • 2008 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play - Palace of the End
  • 2008 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize - Palace of the End
  • 2016 Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from Queen's University

Name:Judith Thompson
Location:Toronto, Ontario


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Thompson
  2. http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/embracing-unexpected?utm_source=e-queens-gazette_staff
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Thompson%2C%20Judith