Laurel Thomson, Head of Voice, Acting Program

Laurel Thomson is the Head of Voice in the Acting Program of the National Theatre School.


Laurel is a graduate of the NTS Acting program and has performed across the country from Theatre Lac Brome and Youtheatre in Montreal to Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. She was also a member of the Stratford Festival acting company, performing in such productions as MacBeth, Richard II, and Pride and Prejudice.

Having been greatly influenced by the voice practice as an actor, Laurel pursued her MFA in Theatre Performance and Diploma in Voice Teaching from York University where she studied under David Smukler. Upon graduating, she directed Top Girls for Bishop’s University, taught acting at The Toronto Film School, and went on to teach voice at Regina’s Globe Theatre Conservatory and at Dalhousie University before joining the National Theatre School as Head of Voice in 2017. In 2019 she had the privilege of teaching voice for Qaggiavuut, in Iqaluit, along with her mentor, voice teacher JoJo Rideout.

Laurel is a citizen of the Métis Nation and is grateful to be able to live and work here on the land of the Kanien’keha:ka nation.