R.H. Thomson is a Canadian actor and director and has worked for decades in Canada, the United States and the EU. He graduated with a BSc from the University of Toronto. He works in theatre, film and television.
Recently he wrote and performed Baroque London for Tafelmusik in Toronto, bringing to life the 18th obscure oboist Richard Neale He appeared in ‘Chloe’ directed by Atom Egoyan, ‘Antanasia’, a Greek film by Panos Karkanevatos and the CBC television mini series ‘The Englishman’s Boy’ directed by John Smith and based on the novel by Guy Vanderhague. He has played roles as diverse as Willy Brandt in Michael Frayne’s play ‘Democracy’ at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Glenn Gould in the play ‘Glenn’ by David Young, Atticus Finch in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ at Theatre Calgary and Shelley Levene in Glengarry Glenn Ross at the Segal Theater in Montreal. Thomson was the Co Artistic Director of ShakespeareWorks until 2006.
He has earned Gemini, Genie, Dora and Merritt awards for his work as well as the Gascon-Thomas Award and the Barbara Hamilton award for activism in the arts. He wrote and performed a solo theatre piece ‘The Lost Boys’ based on the 700 letters from his five great uncles who served in WWI. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011.
Mr. Thomson has created many arts/history projects. In 2008, Mr. Thomson co-created and produced the international remembrance project, Vigile 1914-1918 Vigil, in London UK and seven Canadian cities. In 2010, he co-produced Canada 1914-1918 Ypres, a history and remembrance project involving 150 schools across Canada and the city of Ieper, Belgium. He is currently producing The World Remembers, a multi-nation WWI centenary project that will take place in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Belgium and other WWI nations.
Building on Citizenship, 2014 Our Canada Symposium session (audio)