Shelley Thompson is an actor, screenwriter, and activist based in Wolfville, in Mi’kma’ki (NS). She trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Canadian Film Centre, Women in the Directors’ Chair, the New York Writers’ Lab, and the Whistler Producer’s Lab.
As an actor she has received and been nominated for Gemini and ACTRA awards for her work in film and television, including THE TRAILER PARK BOYS, and feature films Splinters, and The Child Remains, among others.
Her short films have screened internationally and the most recent, Duck Duck Goose, won Best Atlantic Short at FIN Halifax, was selected by Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent at Clermont-Ferrand, and was a finalist in CBC’s Short Film Faceoff.
Her first feature film, Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor premiered and sold out at INSIDE OUT International Film Festival in Toronto, in May 2021, then at Halifax’s FIN International Film Festival in September 2021. It has since screened in Whistler, BC, Amsterdam’s Roze Filmdagen, the BFI Flare Film Festival in London, UK, as well as across the US and in Germany. Among many prizes and awards, the film recently won the 2022 Nova Scotia MasterWorks Award.
Thompson is working on a full slate of projects for TV and cinema under the banner of her emerging production company, Rusty Tractor Productions Inc. Including Doc: Rescued by Love (Co-producer John Galway) and Drama: Bouquet
A committed LGBTQ+2SP ally, Thompson is proud parent to singer/songwriter T. Thomason.
In the fall of 2023, Thompson will publish her first novel, ROAR, with Nimbus/Vantage Press.
Rusty Tractor Productions
Memberships / Certifications
- DAWN, HER DAD & THE TRACTOR (2021) - WRITER/DIRECTOR
- DUCK DUCK GOOSE (2018) - WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
- PEARLS (2017) - WRITER/DIRECTOR/CO-PRODUCER
- BATS (2016) - WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
- DAWG (2015) - WRITER/DIRECTOR