Melanie Thompson is a freelance writer, stage manager and arts administrator based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Selected theatre credits include Rock Legends (Chemainus Theatre Festival – ASM) Les Filles du Roi (Fugue Theatre, 2016 workshops), 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.
When not stage managing, Melanie works as communications manager for the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, and writes grant applications and other copy of all kinds for clients in the performing arts, including the VICO, DreamRider Productions, and MISCELLANEOUS Productions, among others. 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…
Melanie has also been 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.