Theatre Nova Scotia is a not for profit charitable organization and is governed by a Board of Directors elected each year by members in good standing at the TNS Annual General Meeting.
Elizabeth Murphy, Chair
Elizabeth Murphy is the Co-Artistic director and Co-Founder of Shakespeare by the Sea. For Shakespeare by the Sea she has directed THE MERCY SEAT, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, OTHELLO, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, TWELFTH NIGHT, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIGED, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE AGONY AND ECSTACY OF STEVE JOBS, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. She was nominated for a Merritt award for her direction of OTHELLO. She has appeared in three productions at Shakespeare by the Sea – as Volumnia in Coriolanus, as The Duchess of York in Richard III and The Countess in All’s Well That Ends Well.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia in Theatre, Elizabeth has worked from coast to coast as an actor with a three year stint at the Stratford Festival. She has appeared in numerous film and television shows. She moved to Halifax in 1988 and in 1994 she was a co-founder of Halifax’s Shakespeare by the Sea. She served as General Manager for the first 11 years and was appointed Artistic Director in 2007. With an eye to the future she brought on Jesse MacLean as Co-Artistic Director in 2010.
Shakespeare by the Sea received the Merritt Legacy Award in 2013.
Ryan Van Horne, Vice Chair
Bruce Klinger, Treasurer
Bruce Klinger has been working in Atlantic Canada’s arts community for over twenty-five years. He began his career at Neptune Theatre in 1981 and worked in the Box Office, as Front-of-House Manager, Tour Coordinator, and Assistant to the Theatre Director. In 1985 he served as Tour Coordinator and Company Manager for the 26 week national tour of Neptune Theatre’s production of John Gray’s DON MESSER’S JUBILEE.
Prior to becoming Neptune Theatre’s General Manager in 1988 he managed a small performing arts centre in rural Nova Scotia and served as an independent producer and actor’s agent. He spent 10 years as General Manager of Neptune Theatre and saw the organization through the building of their new $13.5 million facility from the early planning stages to completion. His work experience includes the areas of strategic and business planning; the administration of small and large cultural organizations; and all aspects of a major capital building project.
He opened his own business as an arts management consultant in 2001. He has assisted organizations with the creation of business plans, strategic plans, and governance policies. He has also served as a management and capital project consultant as well as assisting in the creation of Theatre Nova Scotia and in the development of the Nova Scotia Theatre Sector Strategy. Clients have included Ship’s Company Theatre, Gwen Noah Dance Society, the Nova Scotia Professional Theatre Alliance, the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, the Stephenville Festival, Live Bait Theatre, OneLight Theatre, 2b theatre company, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre and the Nova Scotia Drama League. He is one of three founding consultants of the Strategic Arts Management Society a not-for-profit society with a mission to provide Nova Scotia’s artists and arts organizations top quality mentoring, management and administrative resources at affordable, subsidized rates.
Natasha MacLellan, Secretary
Natasha MacLellan is the Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre, the co-founder of Forerunner Playwrights Theatre and an actor, playwright, dramaturge and director. She has penned nine plays that have seen production, and has a handful more that are waiting in the wings. Natasha received the 2010 Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artist, and the protégé portions of both the Portia White Award and the inaugural Mallory Gilbert Award.
Dan Bray is a Halifax playwright, director, and actor, as well as the artistic director of The Villain’s Theatre for which he has directed many shows (most recently The Spanish Tragedy). A proud alumnus of Dalhousie University’s English programme and the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, Dan has worked in various capacities with many Nova Scotian companies, including Ships, Shakespeare by the Sea, Eastern Front Theatre, the Doppler Effect, Lions Den Theatre, Xara Choral Theatre, and Workshirt Opera. Dan sits on the board of the Halifax Fringe Festival and is the Outreach & Development Coordinator for Live Art Dance; he is also an incoming member of EFT’s playwright’s unit.
Andrew Chandler is an actor, singer, musician, writer and producer from Halifax. He holds a BMus (Percussion) from Mount Allison University, and a diploma in Musical Theatre Performance from Sheridan Institute. Since returning home to Nova Scotia after several years away, he has performed with Neptune Theatre, Shakespeare By the Sea, Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, DaPoPo Theatre, Up The Hill Theatre Productions, Saint’s Alive Theatre, Theatre Arts Guild, Lion’s Den Theatre, TheatreSpeak, Ajar Theatre, Us Vs. Them, and Grafton Street Dinner Theatre. He is a frequent performer with Make ‘Em Ups Improv Company. He likes pizza.
As a patron and an administrator, Lori has been involved in the theatre scene in Nova Scotia for many years. Her work at Neptune Theatre as an administrator and rentals coordinator has provided her broad exposure to the arts community in general and local theatre companies in particular. As well as theatre, Lori loves visual arts, poetry, dance, and classical music. Lori is the Business & Operations Manager at The Maritimes Energy Association. She holds a history degree from Acadia University.
Samantha is a Halifax based actor, director and acting instructor. Her stage career has taken her coast to coast, as well as, touring internationally. In Nova Scotia she has performed with Neptune Theatre, Eastern Front, Festival Antigonish, Halifax Theatre for Young People, Forerunner Playwrights Co-op, DMV Theatre, Da Po Po Theatre and Chester Playhouse. Samantha’s directing credits include Neptune Theatre’s Touring Company, Festival Antigonish and Ship’s Company Theatre. Samantha has held the position of Director of Neptune Theatre School and has taught at Dalhousie and York Universities. She holds and MFA from York University. She loves theatre and theatre people.