Andy Thompson (theatre professional)
|Born||Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada|
|Occupation||The Virtual Stage Artistic Director, Actor, Playwright, Filmmaker|
Andy Thompson (born 1970) is a Canadian actor, theatre artist, filmmaker and teacher.
Thompson was born and raised in Chilliwack, British Columbia. He received his theatre arts diploma in acting from Studio 58 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1993. He is the founder of the multi-media theatre company The Virtual Stage.
As a theatre and film producer, director and writer, Thompson has won several awards. The Virtual Stage and Electric Company Theatre's 2008 production of No Exit, which Thompson co-produced and performed in, garnered rave reviews and won Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for Outstanding Production as well as the Critics' Choice Innovation Award before touring across North America. He co-produced, co-wrote and performed in the short film The Provider, which won the 2010 Bloodshots 48-Hour Horror Filmmaking Competition before going to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was given a "Coup de Coeur" distinction as one of the best short films from Canada. Also in 2011, his entry into the international Film Racing Grand Prix short film competition, the super-hero spoof Repair Man, won 3rd place overall, and was the top-ranking Canadian film of the contest.
In 2013, Thompson's sci-fi musical comedy Broken Sex Doll was hailed in the press and described as the biggest hit of the Vancouver theatre season "and maybe the Next Big Thing in Canadian theatre." The show went on to garner seven Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction for Thompson.
Thompson is the creator of The Zombie Syndrome, an acclaimed annual, site-specific, interactive, theatrical event in Vancouver in which audience members with smartphones are endowed as elite agents on a mission to save the world from a deadly zombie plague. The event, produced by The Virtual Stage, began in 2012 under the original title The Zombie Syndrome. It went on to be nominated for two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards: "Critics' Choice Innovation Award" and "Significant Artistic Achievement: Outstanding Logistical and Technical Innovation". In 2013, a sequel called The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island took place on Granville Island and was praised by critics.
After graduating from high school with honours in physics and math, Thompson chose to study arts in college before committing to a career in engineering. This led to his decision to become an actor.
|2016||Little Pink House||City Council Member|
|2016||The BFG||Footman #3|
|2014||Cruel & Unusual||Counselor|
|2012||Finding Mrs. Claus||Evan Knight||TV Movie|
|2005||The Long Weekend||Officer Garcia|
|2004||The Chronicles of Riddick||Scalp Taker|
|2003||The Delicate Art of Parking||Craig Manke|
|2003||Agent Cody Banks||CIA Assistant|
|2003||A Guy Thing||Guy In Washroom|
|2001||The Wedding Dress||Haswell||TV Movie|
|1998||The Hunted||Fielder||TV Movie|
|2016||Second Chance||Modified Bartender||Episode 1.6|
|2014||Continuum||Anderson||Episode 3.03: Minute to Win It|
|2014||Arrow||Tony Daniel||Episode 2.03: Broken Dolls|
|2013||Level Up||Cactus Kaiser||Episode 2.11: Dante and Angie's Mascot Skating Video|
|2013||Supernatural||Librarian||Episode 8.13: Everybody Hates Hitler|
|2012||Fringe||Observer||Episode 5.01: Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11|
|2012||True Justice||Kristov Polanyi||Episodes 2.05 & 2.10: Dirty Money & Dead Drop|
|2010||Fringe||Pilot||Episode 3.06: 6955 kHz|
|2005||Masters of Horror||Bill||Episode 1.07: Deer Woman|
|2005||The Collector||Pinky||Episode 2.09: The Tour Guide|
|2005||Stargate SG-1||Calvin||Episode 8.15: Citizen Joe|
|2003||Dead Like Me||Morgue Attendant||Episode 1.02: Dead Girl Walking|
|2002||Wolf Lake||Hank||Episode 1.07: Leader of the Pack|
|2002||UC: Undercover||Computer Technician||Episode 1.11: Teddy C|
|2001||Just Deal||Paramedic||Episode 2.10: Women's Work|
|2001||Night Visions||Frank||Episode 1.10: Rest Stop/After Life|
|2001||Freedom||Prison Guard||Episode 1.09: Return|
|2000||So Weird||Hardware Clerk||Episode 3.11: Beeing There|
|1999||So Weird||VP||Episode 1.06: Simplicity|
|1999||The New Addams Family||Antonio||Episode 1.48: Catastrophia's Career|
|1996||The X-Files||Customs Agent||Episode 4.08: Tunguska|
|2014||Boy Meets Boy||Steven|
|2012||Cruel & Unusual||Producer, Director & Editor|
|2011||Repairman||Producer, Director, Writer & Editor|
|2011||Mayor Mulligan (Makes a Mistake)||Producer, Director, Writer & Editor|
|2011||The Provider||Mr. Connor||Actor, Producer & Writer|
|2010||Stupid Chainsaw Tricks||Ted|
|2009||The Present||Producer, Writer & Director|
|2008||The Valet||The Rich Guy|
|2002||Dial 'A' for Alphaman||Alphaman|
|2002||Thrown||The Man||Actor, Producer & Writer|
|2000||Cinderella: Single Again||Nervous Prince|
|1996||Cautionary Tales for Children|
|1996||The Psychedelic Raincoat||Nathan|
|1995||Blood Under My Skin||Paul|
|1993||The Atheist and the Jew||Jew|
- Jessie Award Nominations
- Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Small Theatre (1998/9) - Reading Hebron
- Outstanding Performance by an Actor In a Supporting Role: Small Theatre (2002/3) - The Fall
- Outstanding Original Play or Musical: Small Theatre (2002/3) - The Birth of Freedom
- Sydney Risk Award for Outstanding original Script by an Emerging Playwright (2002/3) - The Birth of Freedom
- Significant Artistic Achievements, Small Theatre, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (2006/7, with 12 other cast members) - The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces
- Significant Artistic Achievements, Small Theatre, Outstanding Technical Design (2006/7, with 6 other people) - Spank!
- Significant Achievement Award, Small Theatre, Video Design & Editing (2008/9, with Bojan Bodruzic) - No Exit
- Outstanding Direction: Small Theatre (20012/13) - Broken Sex Doll
- Bloodshots 48-Hour Horror Filmmaking Contest (2010) Best Film, Best Costume Design & Cannes Short Film Corner (2011) Coup de Coeur distinction (co-producer, co-writer, actor) - The Provider
- Vancouver Film Race (2010) Best Writing, Best Costume Design, Best Set Design, 4th Runner Up (co-writer, co-producer, director, editor) - Mayor Mulligan
- International Film Racing Grand Prix (2011), 3rd Place Overall & top-ranking Canadian film (co-writer, director, producer) - Repair Man
- The Birth of Freedom (2002)
- SPANK! (2006)
- 1984 (2011) (multi-media stage adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell)
- The Zombie Syndrome (2012)
- Broken Sex Doll (2013)
- The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island (2013)
- 'A balanced brain; Chilliwack's Andy Thompson merging tradition with technology inside the world of theatre'(subscription required), Chilliwack Times, March 18, 2011.
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- Thomas, Colin. (October 16, 2013). "The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island is a suspenseful good time" Georgia Straight Retrieved 2013-10-18
- Grams, Zoe. (October 7, 2013). "Reviewed: The Zombie Syndrome" Vancouverscape.com Retrieved 2013-10-18
- , The Province. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
- The 17th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Sunday, June 13, 1999 The Vogue Theatre Archived May 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., The Jessies. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- The 21st Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Monday, June 16, 2003 The Commodore Ballroom Archived May 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., The Jessies. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- The 25th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Monday June 18, 2007 The Commodore Ballroom Archived May 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., The Jessies. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- The 27th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Monday June 15, 2009 The Commodore Ballroom Archived May 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., The Jessies. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- Smith, Janet. (May 21, 2013). "Nominees for 2013 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards announced". Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
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- Derdeyn, Stuart. (October 8, 2013). "Zombie Syndrome gets grimmer" The Province Archived January 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2013-10-18