Nancy Morgan, Executive Director
Nancy Morgan has been working as an administrator and Board volunteer in non-profit arts sector for 20 years. She was most recently the Managing Director of Strategic Arts Management. Nancy has worked as the general manager at Eastern Front Theatre and as administrator at Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. She has also been the Outreach Coordinator at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and the US Tour Coordinator for Off The Leash Creative. As an independent consultant Nancy has worked with multiple Nova Scotian organizations of various disciplines.
Nancy has a wealth of experience in arts management including budgeting, financial reporting, grant writing, CTA contracting, fundraising and communications planning. She has travelled in Canada and the United States to promote Nova Scotian artists and also covered the immigration, tax and current requirements for tours to the U.S.
Nancy is the Chair the Legacy Centre for the Performing Arts Board, Treasurer and Fundraising Coordinator for Performing Arts Lodge Halifax Board and now serves as a Director on the Board of Strategic Arts Management.
With a music degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from St. Mary’s University, Nancy has been a music teacher and arts administrator for more than 20 years…only 20 more to go! She cannot say enough about the amazing talent of professional theatre artists living and working in Nova Scotia. Many thanks to Gay Hauser, Mary Vingoe and Wendy Lill for welcoming me into this community so many years ago!
Direct email: nmorgan[at]theatrens.ca
Katharine Vingoe-Cram, Administrator
Katharine is an arts administrator, visual artist and freelance arts educator.
Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, she attended NSCAD University (BFA, 2010), and was involved as a volunteer in the local arts community in Halifax, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where she first became interested in public programs and arts administration.
She later attended Queen’s University (MA, 2014), where she studied the history and representation of folk art in Nova Scotia. She was an active member of the Kingston arts community for five years, and held positions as the Grants Officer for the Kingston Arts Council, and the Programs Assistant at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. She was also a board member at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and was one of several resident artists at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.
Recently, she moved back to Dartmouth and is happy to be home. She is excited to bring her skills and experience to Theatre Nova Scotia. She works at TNS Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Mornings and Friday Afternoons. You will also find her in the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s office as their part-time Administrative Assistant.
Direct email: kvingoecram[at]theatrens.ca
Erin Taylor, Communications Coordinator
Erin Taylor is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of Performing Arts. She holds a BA with Combined Honours in Theatre Studies and Music, with a Management Minor (’17). Like many who find themselves in the performing arts sector, her experience ranges from on-stage to backstage to around the creative table.
Erin joined the TNS Team in September of 2017 as their Arts Administrator Intern on a 6-month CHRC internship. She is delighted to be continuing her work on a part-time basis as Communications Coordinator and can be found in the TNS Office on Tuesday mornings and all day on Fridays. The rest of the time, she can be found two doors down in the Strategic Arts Management office as their Administration and Communications Coordinator.
Direct email: etaylor[at]theatrens.ca
Pamela Halstead, PERFORM! Coordinator
Pamela Halstead is a director, dramaturg, actor, teacher and arts administrator. She has worked across Canada in a number of capacities. Having started her career training at Dalhousie University, she spent the next decade working primarily as an actor and teacher until focusing her path more towards directing, dramaturgy. During this time she apprenticed under numerous directors exploring a variety of processes including: Dean Gilmour, Bob White, David Kenney, Ruth Smillie, Ron Jenkins and Sarah Stanley.
As an arts administrator, Pamela was the Artistic Producer for Ship’s Company Theatre (Parrsboro, NS) from 2004 – 2009 and the Artistic Director of Lunchbox Theatre (Calgary, AB) from 2009 – 2013, returning to that role in 2014 in an interim capacity. Between these two organizations she produced and/or directed over 60 new Canadian works and dramaturged many more. Pamela is co-founder and Co-Artistic Producer for DMV Theatre (Halifax, NS) and Artistic Advisor to Valley Summer Theatre (Wolfville, NS).
Pamela has taught at Forest Heights Community School (Chester Basin, NS), been a guest director and instructor at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS) and was the International Directing Consultant for Petersfield Arts School (Petersfield, UK). She ran Theatre New Brunswick’s Young Company and Youth Theatre Program (Fredericton, NB), has been a teacher and director for Quest Theatre’s Artist in Residency Program (Calgary, AB), instructed at the NS High School Drama Festival (Halifax, NS), expanded the drama camp program at Ship’s Company Theatre (Parrsboro, NS) and created the Education Comes Alive Program at Lunchbox Theatre (Calgary, AB).
Pamela is a former Chair of Theatre Nova Scotia and has served on numerous other boards, juries and committees across Canada.
In 2013 Pamela was awarded the inaugural Evans Award at the Calgary Theatre Critics’ Awards. The Evans Award is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the vibrancy of the Calgary theatre community.
Direct email: coordinator[at]performns.ca
Chelsea Dickie, DramaFest Coordinator
Chelsea Dickie is an educator and artist based in Halifax NS. She works as a high school Drama teacher for the HRSB, is the Company Manager of Matchstick Theatre, and currently sits as the Chair of the Board of the Bus Stop Theatre.
She has also spent the last five years working as a Stage Manager around the province, and has been lucky enough to have managed many in-house shows with many different companies. Highlights include “Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes”, “Bone Cage”, “Bitter Rose”, and “In On It”, with Matchstick in 2017, Festival Antigonish’s summer 2016 season, TAG’s “The Full Monty”, and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, Side-by-Side’s “Spring Awakening” and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”, and The Doppler Effect’s fringe hit “HEROIC”.
She has also gone on tour with TNTS’s production of “Godspell”, Workshirt Opera’s “Orlando”, and the Villain’s Theatre with their fringe premiere of “In The Telling”.
Chelsea is so excited to bring her fresh perspectives and rich engagement with the Nova Scotia theatre community to the table as the newest Dramafest Coordinator, hoping to shape the festival into a beautiful synergy of encouraging and energizing high school students in the performing arts, with outside community mentorship from both emerging and professional theatre artists.
Direct email: coordinator[at]dramafest.ca
Ken Schwartz, Merritt Gala Producer
Ken is far too busy planning the fabulous 2019 Merritt Awards (by FIRE!) to remember to write a bio for the TNS website. You can learn more about what Ken does when not producing the Merritts here.
Direct email: coordinator[at]merrittawards.ca