Ron Stacker Thompson

Writer / Director / Producer


In film, Ron Stacker Thompson has been a producer on such diverse films as A RAGE IN HARLEM, DEEP COVER, THE CEMETERY CLUB, SISTER ACT 2, and HOODLUM. Other feature credits include TO SLEEP WITH ANGER and GRAND CANYON. His film experience has afforded him the opportunity to work with such stellar talent as Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Laurence Fishburne, Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover, Christina Ricci, Jeff Goldblum and Andy Garcia.

In television, he wrote and produced AMERICA'S DREAM, the highly acclaimed HBO Special nominated for nine Cable Ace Awards, two of which Thompson won for Best Writing and Best Producing of a Dramatic Series or Special. AMERICA'S DREAM, starring Danny Glover and Wesley Snipes (and based on short stories by Maya Angelou, Richard Wright, and John Henrik Clarke), was also honored with the prestigious N.A.A.C.P Image Award for Best Television Movie or Mini-Series. Thompson also wrote NAT KING COLE: LOVED IN RETURN for the award-winning series BIOGRAPHY on the A&E Network. His most recent work is the feature FUNNY VALENTINES, starring Alfre Woodard and Loretta Devine for BET/Universal.

It is in theatre where Thompson developed his unique ability to successfully blend all aspects of his talents. As founder and Artistic Director of the Oakland Ensemble Theatre, he produced and directed over fifty plays, many of which he wrote. As well, he has directed national tours of SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE THE BLUES starring Della Reese, SOUL SURVIVOR starring Ted Lange and ACHIEVING THE DREAM starring Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has directed productions at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina and Off-Broadway at the Henry Street Settlement, AMAS theatre, and the famed Apollo theatre in Harlem. His most recent works as a playwright are REJOICE! A MUSICAL CELEBRATION and DOUGLASS/DUNBAR, both produced at The Willingham Theater in Yadkinville, where he is Artistic Director.

Throughout his career, Thompson has been deeply involved in education, teaching subjects ranging from literature and poetry, urban and ethnic studies to speech, theatre, dance and multi-cultural philosophy. He is presently a professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he is chair of the Screenwriting Department in the School of Filmmaking.

“There have been a few bumps in the road, but basically life has been very good to me…….in fact, far better than I could ever have imagined.”