This short film pays tribute to Paul Thompson, a man who has created a uniquely Canadian theatrical tradition through his passion, vision and tireless innovation. At 14, he was given a ticket for the Stratford Festival. Fifty years later, it's hard to imagine Canadian theatre without his inspired leadership.
From Theatre Passe Muraille to the National Theatre School, Paul has mentored generations of actors and playwrights, forging a vibrant and distinctly Canadian theatre tradition.
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
Ages 14 to 17
Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Media Education - Popular Culture
Discuss what Paul Thompson means by “wanting to join, wanting to belong, but the price was too high”? How was his career shaped by his apparent early failures? What is his message to others about handling failure? Discuss how his message relates to peer pressure and bullying. What is “integrity,” and how did Thompson demonstrate this quality? Why is his work considered unique and “Canadian”?