Andy Thompson (theatre professional)

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Andy Thompson
Andy Thompson (June 29, 2011) photo by Michael Julian Berz.jpg
Born Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Education Studio 58
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.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[4] 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.[5][6]

In 2013, Thompson's sci-fi musical comedy Broken Sex Doll was hailed in the press[7][8][9] and described as the biggest hit of the Vancouver theatre season "and maybe the Next Big Thing in Canadian theatre."[10] The show went on to garner seven Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction for Thompson.[11]

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.[12] 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".[13][14] In 2013, a sequel called The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island took place on Granville Island and was praised by critics.[15][16]

Early life[edit]

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.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Feature Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
2000 Skullduggery Russian Cop
1999 So Weird VP Episode 1.06: Simplicity
1999 Continuity Waiter
1999 The New Addams Family Antonio Episode 1.48: Catastrophia's Career
1996 The X-Files Customs Agent Episode 4.08: Tunguska

Short Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
2003 Headshot The Boss
2002 Dial 'A' for Alphaman Alphaman
2002 Thrown The Man Actor, Producer & Writer
2002 Tantric Logic Yendor
2000 Cinderella: Single Again Nervous Prince
1997 LVCOB Linus
1997 Road Movie Branco
1996 Cautionary Tales for Children
1996 Laugh Steve
1996 Misinterpretations Arlington
1996 The Psychedelic Raincoat Nathan
1995 Blood Under My Skin Paul
1995 Morning Glory Sam
1993 The Atheist and the Jew Jew

Recognition[edit]

Jessie Award Nominations
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Small Theatre (1998/9) - Reading Hebron[18]
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor In a Supporting Role: Small Theatre (2002/3) - The Fall[19]
  • Outstanding Original Play or Musical: Small Theatre (2002/3) - The Birth of Freedom[19]
  • Sydney Risk Award for Outstanding original Script by an Emerging Playwright (2002/3) - The Birth of Freedom[19]
  • Significant Artistic Achievements, Small Theatre, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble (2006/7, with 12 other cast members) - The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces[20]
  • Significant Artistic Achievements, Small Theatre, Outstanding Technical Design (2006/7, with 6 other people) - Spank![20]
  • Significant Achievement Award, Small Theatre, Video Design & Editing (2008/9, with Bojan Bodruzic) - No Exit[21]
  • Outstanding Direction: Small Theatre (20012/13) - Broken Sex Doll[22]

Film Awards

  • 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[23][24]
  • Vancouver Film Race (2010) Best Writing, Best Costume Design, Best Set Design, 4th Runner Up (co-writer, co-producer, director, editor) - Mayor Mulligan[25][26]
  • International Film Racing Grand Prix (2011), 3rd Place Overall & top-ranking Canadian film (co-writer, director, producer) - Repair Man[27][28]

Plays[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'A balanced brain; Chilliwack's Andy Thompson merging tradition with technology inside the world of theatre'(subscription required), Chilliwack Times, March 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  3. ^ http://www.nowtoronto.com/stage/story.cfm?content=172355
  4. ^ http://www.vancourier.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Blood+filled+weekend/5585523/story.html
  5. ^ http://blogs.theprovince.com/2011/11/22/vancouver-superhero-spoof-takes-podium-at-nyc-short-film-contest/
  6. ^ http://www.thevirtualstage.org/repairman/
  7. ^ http://www.vancourier.com/entertainment/Broken+Doll+full+rude/8124769/story.html
  8. ^ https://www.straight.com/arts/362761/theres-not-weak-link-cast-broken-sex-doll
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  10. ^ http://www.theprovince.com/Broken+Doll+breakout+season/8106809/story.html[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Lederman, Marsha. (May 21, 2013). "Merry Wives of Windsor leads the way in Vancouver’s Jessie theatre award nominations". The Globe And Mail. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  12. ^ Handly, Gen. (October 24, 2012). "Zombies roam free on streets of Vancouver" WE Vancouver Archived April 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2013-10-18
  13. ^ Smith, Janet. (May 21, 2013). "Nominees for 2013 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards announced" Georgia Straight Retrieved 2013-10-18
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  15. ^ Thomas, Colin. (October 16, 2013). "The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island is a suspenseful good time" Georgia Straight Retrieved 2013-10-18
  16. ^ Grams, Zoe. (October 7, 2013). "Reviewed: The Zombie Syndrome" Vancouverscape.com Retrieved 2013-10-18
  17. ^ [1], The Province. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ a b c 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.
  20. ^ a b 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.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ Smith, Janet. (May 21, 2013). "Nominees for 2013 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards announced". Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  23. ^ https://vimeo.com/23868862
  24. ^ http://www.nsnews.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Blood+filled+weekend/5585523/story.html
  25. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1937239/
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  28. ^ http://jewishindependent.ca/Archives/Dec11/archives11Dec09-01.html[permanent dead link]
  29. ^ http://www.thevirtualstage.org/the-birth-of-freedom/
  30. ^ https://www.straight.com/arts/spank[permanent dead link]
  31. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/1984-still-resonates-in-this-haunting-production/article628381/
  32. ^ https://www.straight.com/arts/zombie-syndrome-surprising-trek
  33. ^ https://www.straight.com/arts/356516/broken-sex-doll-toys-robots-music-and-moral-decay
  34. ^ Derdeyn, Stuart. (October 8, 2013). "Zombie Syndrome gets grimmer" The Province Archived January 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2013-10-18

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