Paul Thompson

Instructor of Theatre, Interlochen Online

Owner, Paul W. Thompson Music, Chicago, Illinois

M.B.A. with Distinction, General Business, DePaul University; M.M., Music Theatre, University of Miami; B.F.A. with Honors, Music/Theatre, Baylor University.

Paul W. Thompson has lived at the intersection of words and music for over a half century. He teaches musical theatre voice and piano in Chicago's historic Fine Arts Building, at the Des Plaines School of Music, and music improv at Chicago's world famous Second City. He was President of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and editor and chief theatre critic for BroadwayWorld Chicago (writing the weekly column, "The Showtune Mosh Pit"). He has music directed, coached, and accompanied shows for theatre productions in Chicago and regionally for over 30 years. Thompson is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and has sung since 1995 with the Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Chorus. He was Jinx and Sparky in Chicago's long-running Forever Plaid, and was Acting Director of Music for Chicago's St. James Cathedral. He has seen the Broadway production of every Tony Award-winning Best Musical since Cats.