R.H. Thomson, one of Canada's foremost stage actors, is also known for his extensive work in television and film.
His most distinctive performances have been in modern and contemporary plays, where his acting has been lauded for its subtle detail and passionate intelligence. These have included Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, David Mamet's Oleanna and Michael Frayn's Copenhagen. This fall he played Marshall McLuhan in the world premier of Jason Sherman’s play, The Message. On stage, he has worked as a writer, actor and director with Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Soulpepper, and the Great Canadian Theatre Company, to name a few. Film and TV credits include Chloe, The Englishman’s Boy, Road to Avonlea and Anne with an E.
In 2008 he was the driving force in the creation of the international historical project Vigile 1914-1918 Vigil, where the names of Canadians who died in the First World War were projected onto the Memorial Wall at the University of New Brunswick. He has also created many arts/history/education projects, including The World Remembers-Le monde se souvient, a multilingual, international WWI Centenary project.
In 2010 he received the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award "for excellence as well as for serving as an arts advocate and ambassador," and was named to the Order of Canada. He is the 2015 receipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award- Lifetime Artistic Achievement award.