KELLY E.J. THOMPSON
Performer, Creator, Commentator
Kelly E.J. Thompson is a self-described Renaissance Man and Cultural Commentator based in Edmonton, located in ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᕀᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwaciy-wâskahikan) on Treaty 6 traditional territory of the Nehiyawak (Cree), Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot, Métis Nations and the homeland of the Papaschase Cree. He has a background in Writing, Musical and Theatrical Performance, Directing, Event Production and Judging. His works focus on the effect of fame, art, and feature his love of historical and anthropological theories, and their application in modern society.
Kelly's experience with the arts began back when he was five years old, when he started learning how to play the piano, which he studied for twelve years. He also learnt how to play the bagpipes, and later, took vocal lessons, and started to teach himself the mandolin. Acting began for him in Junior High, first playing the Giant in Missoula Children's Theatre's production of Jack and the Beanstalk, going on to perform in a wide array of roles, including Deputy Governor Danforth in the Crucible, and The Rabbi in Village of Idiots. In High School, Kelly started Directing, winning Runner-Up for Best Director at the in-house Ardrossan One-Act Play Festival, and later writing, premiering his play Choose Your Fate one year later, written, directed, and starring Kelly. Around this time, Kelly was instrumental in starting the Deadwood Haunted Tour at the Fort Saskatchewan Museum, a haunted tour that is running for the 9th consecutive year in October 2019, with Kelly serving as a Creative Adviser.
Other projects that Kelly has been a part of include his online YouTube show, Kelly's Life, along with his Facebook live show, Tuesday Night Tunes, which ran weekly for a year and a half. He also is a writer on Vocal.media, along with offering freelance writing services through Fiverr.com. He is also available for booking for shows, and can be contacted either by emailing, or going to the contact page.