“A Day in the Life” with Toronto theatre director Severn Thompson

Severn Thompson has the rare luxury of directing a major theatre production for Shakespeare in High Park, a short bike ride away from home. A graduate of the National Theatre School and the daughter of actor Anne Anglin and director Paul Thompson, she grew up in The Beaches but headed to the west end over 15 years ago.

Soon to graduate from York University in the MFA Directing program, she has been working extensively as a director the last number of years including the Dora award winning Peter Pan, which played in breweries all over the city and returns again to Soulpepper Theatre near Christmas. Severn is Associate Artistic Director at the Blyth Festival where she has directed a number of plays, including the hit show The Pigeon King which just finished a run at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and featured a cast recording.

Before her directing career took flight Severn worked a number of seasons as an actor with The Shaw Festival company as well as at The Stratford Festival where she played the role of Portia in The Merchant of Venice on The Festival stage. Fans of the show HELIX which premiered on SyFy will remember her as Sister Anne, but you may have also seen her on shows like Murdoch Mysteries, Hannibal, Defiance, Rookie Blue, Saving Hope and Ransom to name but a few.

-by Raoul Bhaneja

Severn Thompson - A real Back to the Future car on display for the movie night at Sorauren Park
A real Back to the Future car on display for the movie night at Sorauren Park
Severn Thompson - Celebrating Pride in the park with fabulous actors Heath V. Salazar and Nora McLellan!
Celebrating Pride in the park with fabulous actors Heath V. Salazar and Nora McLellan!
Severn Thompson - Cooling off with some local lemonade
Cooling off with some local lemonade
Enjoying spring with my boys
Enjoying spring with my boys
Rehearsing on our brilliant set in High Park designed by Joanna Yu
Rehearsing on our brilliant set in High Park designed by Joanna Yu
Sharing Doras with the unstoppable Fiona Sauder, aka Peter Pan
Sharing Doras with the unstoppable Fiona Sauder, aka Peter Pan
Watching some serious trampolining in the back yard
Watching some serious trampolining in the back yard
With the amazing stage manager Laura Baxter, on the look out for rain & pointy graffiti (Design by joanna Yu)
With the amazing stage manager Laura Baxter, on the look out for rain & pointy graffiti (Design by joanna Yu)

What ‘hood are you in?

Parkdale!

What do you do?

I work as a theatre director, actor, writer and teacher and hope it’s not too late to learn a musical instrument.

What are you currently working on?

Currently I’m directing Measure for Measure for Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park.

Where can we find your work?

Come out on any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday evening this summer (beginning on July 4th) to see Measure for Measure or Wednesday, Friday or Sunday evening to see Much Ado About Nothing directed by the talented Liza Balkan. The shows start at 8pm but come early with a picnic to get a good seat.

 

 

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