Melanie Thompson is a freelance writer, stage manager and arts administrator based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Selected theatre credits include La bohème (Vancouver Opera – Appr. SM), The Full Light of Day (Electric Company Theatre – Appr. SM), Les Filles du Roi (Fugue Theatre/Urban Ink – ASM), Little Women: The Musical (Bring On Tomorrow Co.), Monsters (MISCELLANEOUS Productions), Rock Legends (Chemainus Theatre Festival – Appr. SM), Sonic Elder (The Chop), FAME: The Musical (Bring On Tomorrow Co.), Silenced (Urban Ink Productions), The Out Vigil (Twenty Something Theatre), The Last Five Years (LionFish Entertainment), Underneath the Lintel (Pacific Theatre), Shrek: The Musical (Theatre Under the Stars), Arvaarluk: An Inuit Tale (Pangaea Arts), Holmes & Watson Save the Empire! (Ace Productions regional tour), Us & Everything We Own (Twenty-Something Theatre), The Spitfire Grill (Midnight Theatre Collective/Pacific Theatre), Kutz & Dawgs (MISCELLANEOUS Productions/Vancouver International Children’s Festival), The Exquisite Hour (Relephant Theatre), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Hey Look! It’s A Co-op), Grease, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Footlight Theatre) and more.
Outside of the theatre, Melanie manages communications for the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), and writes grant applications and other copy of all kinds for the VICO, DreamRider Productions, MISCELLANEOUS Productions, and other clients in the performing arts. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Under the Stars.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from McGill University and a Master of Arts from the University of British Columbia, both in History. Her scholarly specialty was cultural nationalism in late-19th-century Britain and Europe, and more specifically the role of music and theatre in the formation of identity and community. Ask her about the Welsh choral tradition, or the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan…
In a previous professional incarnation, Melanie was a publicist and/or media relations coordinator for a wide range of artists and arts organizations, including the Songwriters Association of Canada (Bluebird North), Blackbird Theatre, the BC Highland Games, Vancouver International Storytelling Festival, the World Peace Forum (2006) and the Vancouver International Film Festival.