Andy Thompson is a multi-award winning theatre and film producer, writer, actor, teacher and director. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Virtual Stage, a Vancouver-based theatre company dedicated to the investigation of emerging technologies in theatre. He has been nominated for a total of eight Jessie Richardson Theatre awards as an actor, director, writer and designer. In addition, Thompson produced, designed the video and performed in the multi-award winning, “live-cinematic” hit production of No Exit (co-produced by The Virtual Stage and Electric Company Theatre in 2008) which won the “Outstanding Production” and “Critics’ Choice Innovation” Jessie Awards before touring across North America, including the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco in 2011.
Thompson has written, directed and produced several hit shows, including the smart-phone enabled, roving theatre adventure series The Zombie Syndrome and the sci-fi musical comedy Broken Sex Doll (2013) at The Cultch, which was acclaimed by critics and hailed as “the next Big Thing in Canadian Theatre” and won an Ovation Award for “Outstanding New Work”.
Thompson’s film writing, directing and producing credits include the short film Cruel & Unusual (official selection: 2012 Vancouver Short Film Festival), Repair Man (3rd place overall and top-ranking Canadian film: 2011 International 100-Hour Film Race), The Provider (Grand Prize winner: 2010 Bloodshots 48-Hour Horror Filmmaking Competition and ‘Coup de Coeur’ distinction: 2011 Cannes Film Festival) and Mayor Mulligan (Best Writing Award: 2010 24-Hour Vancouver Film Race).
A 1993 graduate of Studio 58, Andy’s recent film and television acting credits include roles in Arrow, Supernatural, Finding Mrs. Claus, Fringe, Level Up, True Justice and Steven Spielberg’s Disney adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel The BFG.