Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Shelley Thompson trained at RADA (UK), Canadian Film Centre (Screenwriting 2015), Women In the Director’s Chair (Story & Leadership 2016/17) and was recently 1 of 12 screenwriters selected for the NY Writers Lab 2018 (supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman) for her feature script Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor. She has been the recipient of Gemini/ACTRA nominations/awards for film and TV performances including The Child Remains (ACTRA Award 2018); Trailer Park Boys (Gemini); and recently Outstanding Performance by an Actress at FIN (2018) for her role in Thom Fitzgerald’s latest feature, Splinters. Thompson’s short films are screening internationally. Pearls has won accolades (Audience Choice, Best Short) and played at over 30 festivals. Her latest, Duck, Duck, Goose won Best Atlantic Short at FIN (2018 Atlantic International Film Festival) and was recently selected by Telefilm Canada as one of ten shorts for Not Short On Talent to be presented at Clermont-Ferrand (February 2019).

Married to theatre director/screenwriter Ed Thomason, and proud parent of singer/songwriter T. Thomason, Shelley Thompson is the 2018 recipient of the Women In the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award for Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor, a project that has been enthusiastically supported by the WIDC. The film world premiered at the 2021 Inside Out Festival, showcased among three Canadian feature films.

WIDC Award Winner

“With the incredible support of the WIDC and the award sponsors, my hope is that this story will encourage what I’ve been privy to in my family: the coming together of family and community to value, advocate for and celebrate trans individuals as they journey to their most authentic selves.”

— Director, Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor