Paul Thompson

Academic Director; Associate Professor

Associate Professor Paul Thompson

Born in England, where he worked extensively as a writer, director, actor, and teacher.  As a writer, his work has been performed by the National Youth Theatre in England, the Half Moon Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre, as well as in Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Canada, the USA and Australia.  His published plays include The Children's Crusade, The Motor Show, By Common Consent and The Lorenzaccio Story.  He was resident dramatist with the Royal Shakespeare Company and with the The National Theatre.  He has also written for BBC Television, BBC Radio and feature films. He worked as a screenwriter on location for Lion of the Desert (feature film starring Anthony Quinn).  He has directed at numerous theatres in England, Australia, and the United States.

Paul Thompson's previous academic positions include Lecturer in Playwriting at the City Literary Institute, London (1978-84),  Director of the Theatre School, Morley College (1978-84), Lecturer in Acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London (1981-84), Head of Directing and Director of the Playwrights' Studio, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney (1984-86).  Head of Scriptwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (1987-93) and Head of Film and Television at the AFTRS (1993-97).  He has presented guest lectures and workshops at several leading academic institutions including USC, NYU, Yale, Temple University, UCLA, the London Institute, CEEA Paris, and the International Institute for the Performing Arts,Paris.


Directing the Actor
Developing the Screenplay
Preparing the Screenplay
Writing the Short Screenplay
Fundamentals of Dramatic and Visual Writing


The City Literary Institute,London, UK
The Actors Workshop, London, U.K.