Sep 27, 2012

By Michael Kramer

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A distinguished playwright has been  honoured for her contribution to Canadian theatre.

Judith Thompson  has been named the winner of the 2012 Herbert Whittaker-CTCA Award from  the Canadian Theatre Critics Association.

It  honours individuals for their outstanding long-term contributions to Canadian theatre. 

Thompson burst onto the theatre scene in 1980 with the premiere of her gritty, controversial play  “The Crackwalker.”

She’s  known for work that combines poetic language with sometimes shocking realism. Her plays include “White Biting Dog,” ..”Lion in the Streets”  and “Perfect Pie.”

Thompson is also a two-time winner of the Governor General’s  Literary Award for Drama, and was made an Officer of  The Order of Canada in 2005.

She’s also a director, actor, screenwriter and producer and is currently a theatre studies professor at the University of Guelph.

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