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
Bonny Lee, Bookkeeper and Database Manager
Bonny is a self-described computer geek with a lifelong love of the arts, especially dance. Her education background includes degrees in both chemistry and computer science from Dalhousie University. Her career in the field of scientific computing spanned 20 years, encompassing computer programming (specifically numerical models for hydrodynamics and geo-dynamics), system administration, website management, and general tech support.
Bonny has been involved in the local dance community since the 1980s, primarily at Halifax Dance and Dance Nova Scotia. She first combined her computer skills and her interest in dance in the 1990s, when she created Halifax Dance’s first website on the Chebucto Community Net. She also brought Dance Nova Scotia to the web around the same time. Her involvement in the arts expanded during 2008-2012, when she was administrator for Atlantic Flamenco Productions, presenter of the annual Fall for Flamenco Festival. During this time she handled grant applications, show production, publicity, budgets, volunteer coordination, and fundraising for Atlantic Flamenco.
Currently she provides bookkeeping and administrative support to several arts organizations. She splits her time between Dance Nova Scotia and TNS. She is delighted to be working for Theatre Nova Scotia and the wonderfully quirky theatre community.
Direct email: blee[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
Jeff Schwager, DramaFest Coordinator
Jeff is an award-winning actor and arts-educator based in Dartmouth, NS. He has been the Coordinator of the Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival since 2010. He continues to work with theatre companies across the province. He has appeared in four seasons of Theatre Off The Grid, with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, has completed 11 national and international tours with Mermaid Theatre and is a regular on the Neptune Theatre stage.
He was awarded the 2013 Merritt Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Neptune’s Intimate Apparel. Jeff is a graduated of the University of Windsor (BFA–Acting), and the University of Ottawa (B. Ed.). He regularly works in the school system through the Perform Program, and as a substitute teacher. Working as the Coordinator of DramaFest, he takes pride in bringing together professional artists, teachers, and students from across the province to learn about and celebrate Nova Scotia’s vibrant theatre and Dramatic Arts scene.
Direct email: coordinator[at]dramafest.ca
Jeremy Webb, Robert Merritt Awards Producer
Jeremy Webb founded Off The Leash in 2009. He moved to Canada, from his native UK, in 1998. He grew up in Cambridge and trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Most recent Canadian stage appearances include Under Milk Wood, Fishing, Shakespeare On Trial and A Christmas Carol (Off The Leash), Beowulf (Two Planks & A Passion), A Comedy of Errors, The Wizard of Oz, Romeo & Juliet and the long-running Beauty and The Beast (Neptune Theatre), Sleuth, Humble Boy, Stones In His Pockets, Woman In Black (Festival Antigonish), MacBeth, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare By The Sea) as well as Beauty & The Beast (Silvermist Productions). For OTL he is the creator of a one-man version of A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare On Trial and Fishing.
In 2011, Off The Leash released a 2-disc CD of A Christmas Carol, featuring Symphony Nova Scotia and over thirty characters all voiced by Webb. Jeremy’s first short film, Wake, won the CBC Short Film Face Off in 2010 and he has just completed shooting his second short film, Bone Deep.
Jeremy is the recipient of a 2009 Merritt Award (Best Actor) for his portrayal of Iago in Othello (Shakespeare By The Sea).
In 2010 he received the Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre. Jeremy has worked extensively as an artist with the Perform Program and has had two successful tours to the U.S. in 2011 and 2013.
Direct email: coordinator[at]merrittawards.ca
Erin Taylor, Arts Administrator Intern
Erin Taylor is a recent 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. Like many who find themselves in the performing arts sector, her experience ranges from on-stage to backstage to around the creative table.
Her interest in Arts Administration grew from her involvement with the Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre and Cultural Centre, where she spent six years as a summer student and currently sits as a member of their Board of Directors. She is passionate about the role arts and culture have to play in the economic and social prosperity of Nova Scotia, as well as the cultivating potential of community theatre in rural communities.
She is incredibly excited to be the Arts Administrator Intern at Theatre Nova Scotia and cannot wait to learn all that she can from Nancy and the TNS team. She looks forward to the many wonderful lessons and experiences that lie ahead as she begins assimilating into the Nova Scotia theatre and performing arts community!