Judith Thompson is one of English Canada’s most celebrated playwrights. Her plays have had many productions both in Canada and abroad, and have won numerous awards. She was born in Montreal in 1954, and graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1976. From there she returned to Montreal where she studied acting at the National Theatre School, graduating in 1979. Settled in Toronto, she formed a close working relationship with Tarragon Theatre, where many of her plays have premiered. Since 1992 she has also taught at the University of Guelph.

While at the National Theatre School, she came to realize that the monologues she composed as acting exercises indicated her true vocation. Her characters are driven to speak and act by unconscious impulses they do not understand,

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Citation: Nunn, Robert. "Judith Thompson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2004; last revised 28 July 2020. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4382, accessed 28 May 2024.]

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