An award-winning performer and 12 season veteran of the hit Canadian series Trailer
Park Boys, Thompson trained at the UK’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Canadian Film Centre (Toronto, 2015), and was one of the eight Women In the Director’s Chair - Story & Leadership program (Vancouver 2016/17), selected for The Writers Lab - (NYC 2018 supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman) and one of ten writers selected for the international script showcase Breaking Through the Lens at the Cannes Festival 2019.
Thompson has played featured and leading roles at the UK’s Royal National Theatre, in London’s West End and British regional Theatres; at the Shaw Festival and
across Canada at major theatres. Her on-screen work includes working with Jim Henson on Labyrinth; award-winning performances in Michael Melski’s The Child Remains; and Splinters by Thom Fitzgerald.
Most recently she's been working on various web series: the ground breaking Tokens by Winnie Jong; Denis Theriault's I Am Syd Stone, and the new comedy King and Pawn.
The transition to screenwriter/director is a logical next step for someone fascinated by the challenge of finding the absolute truth of a character.
Her short films Dawg, Bats and Pearls have been included in festivals across North
America and Europe. Pearls, about a trans teenager leaving their rural NS home to embrace their authentic self, was one of the last BravoFact shorts, and a ‘prequel’ to Thompson's first feature Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor. Her short Duck Duck Goose, included 35 actors under 13, and addresses the culture of fear perpetrated by school lockdowns. DDG was selected by Telefilm for their NOT SHORT ON TALENT program at Clermont-Ferrand, won best Short at the Atlantic Film Festival, and was a finalist in the CBC Short Film FaceOff.
Thompson has been developing and pitching TV series, and is presently working on her second feature Bouquet with the support of the Canada Council and Arts NS Dawn
Thompson's first feature, Dawn, Her Dad, & The Tractor was the first feature shot in Nova Scotia after the onset of Covid 19, and was released to festivals during the next wave, and then into cinemas in the winter of 2022. It's played festivals across Canada including
INSIDE OUT LGBTQ+ (Toronto), FIN (Halifax International FF) St. Johns International Women's FF, and was nominated for the Borsos Prize at the Whistler FF, before heading to festivals in Europe.
She's been included in the writing room for the CBC's popular sketch comedy show, This Hour Has Twenty-two Minutes, and a guest observer in the Pretty Hard Cases writing room.
Based in Wolfville, NS, Thompson is parent to singer/songwriter T. Thomason, and
a champion of LGBTQ issues.