Chris Thompson has been working in the Entertainment industry for 15 years, currently working as an independent writer, producer, choreographer and performance coach. He is the Entertainment Director at Calaway Park, having written and produced over 50 stage shows and developed the park’s entertainment programming. He has worked as a member of the International Theme Park Association Entertainment Committee, working closely with other entertainment professionals from venues such as Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Cedar Point, and the Walt Disney properties as a resource and consultant for Entertainment professionals across the globe in the theme park industry. Chris is proud to have had 3 nominations for his stage shows in the International “Big E Awards” for theme park entertainment. Locally his work has also been seen in collaboration with the professional event entertainment company themusegroup in Calgary, including a nomination for a Most Outstanding Event category in the national Canadian Special Events Awards 2011.
Also on the artistic staff of the Youth Singers of Calgary as the organization’s Principal Choreographer as well as a Director (ensemble Shine), Chris coaches triple threat skills for the High School and University-aged performing groups and has produced internationally acclaimed performances that have toured world-wide. Chris also works as a contracted performance coach at several high schools and dance studios in Calgary focusing on musical theatre skills, and has taught staging and choreography for the University of Texas in Austin and Mirocosta College in San Diego.
Chris is also a professional singer, with many voiceover and recording credits to his name, and having performed live in numerous concerts with such artists as Reba McIntyre, Roch Voisine, Paul Brandt, Kenny Rogers, Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman, as well as daily performances in the shower that are met with rave reviews from his neighbors!
Chris is proud to work in the vibrant Arts scene of Calgary and anywhere projects take him. On the educational side with so many young people with undiscovered talents, he takes every opportunity to help young performers reach their potential and become not only great performers, but great citizens and leaders.