Ms. Thompson has been in the artist representation business since 1982. She worked at the William Morris Agency from 1984-98 where she chaired the Motion Picture Literary Department. Ms. Thompson launched the US careers of some of the highest grossing and most respected film directors, including James Cameron, Tim Burton, Gus van Sant, Ang Lee, John Woo and Trey Parker. Known for her “eye” for talent and literary material, she made her mark championing and finding financing for groundbreaking movies for the time including, Terminator, After Hours, Heathers, Beetle Juice, My own Private Idaho, Living in Oblivion and Rober Altman’s, The Play. Merging her love of film and artist representation with a mission to support disabilities advocacy, Ms. Thompson recently launched the non-profit Visual Arts Center, Joy Factory Gallery/Cinema, which celebrates outsider artists, the arthouse cinema movement and will employ emerging adults with cognitive disabilities in an inclusive, supported-employment environment.