College of Arts Prof Makes Headlines

January 20, 2010 - In the News

Drama professor Judith Thompson is featured today in the Globe and Mail. The front page of the Review section highlights Thompson's three decades of drama in words and photographs. Thirty years ago, her first play, The Crackwalker, debuted at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. Her new show, Such Creatures, opens this week at the same theatre where she started her career.

Thompson, a U of G professor since 1992, is an award-winning playwright and is known for her complex and sometimes disturbing plays that give voice to human failings and accomplishments. She won the 2009 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for her political play Palace of the End. In 2008, she was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards and was the first Canadian to win the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

She has also been nominated for a Genie Award twice, was a finalist for the inaugural Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and won the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award. She was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2005, considered the country’s highest honour of lifetime achievement, for her outstanding contributions in arts and writing.

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