Theatre NS Board

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.

Read the 2019-20 Annual Report

Read the Five-Year Theatre Nova Scotia Strategic Plan

 

Executive

 

 

Colleen MacIsaac, Co-Chair

Colleen MacIsaac (they/she) is a multi-disciplinary performance and visual artist working in  Kjipuktuk /Halifax. The former Managing Director of 2b theatre company and current Artistic Producer of The Villains Theatre, Colleen is a consultant at Strategic Arts Management and an avid supporter of The Bus Stop Theatre. Colleen has drawn  over a thousand playwrights  as part of a daily art project that has been ongoing for 3070 consecutive  days, and  has performed with companies such as Xara Choral Theatre, Matchstick Theatre, and  Lions Den Theatre. Colleen's play  The Blazing World  premiered at the Neptune Studio Theatre as part of the Open Stages program, and they are the winner of the Halifax Mayor's Award for Emerging Theatre Artist and the Bhayana Invisible Champion Award. See more of Colleen's work at  littlefoible.net  

 

Chris O'Neill, Co-Chair

Chris O'Neill (she/her) is a professional actor and playwright who co-founded Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, where she is the Executive Director. 

 

Erin Niedermeyer, Vice Chair

Erin has been a community theatre participant since 1992 in both acting and stage management.  She is in her second year on the board at Dartmouth Players and currently sits as Treasurer.  Erin is pleased to be a Community Theatre representative on the TNS Board.

 

Alex Mills, Treasurer

Alex Mills is the Treasurer for The Bus Stop Theatre and has sat on the board of directors since 2016. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Dalhousie University, and is currently working towards getting a Chartered Professional Accounting Designation. Aside from accounting, Alex plays bass guitar with the band Elektrik Boogaloo, and has also played in several musicals by Side-by-Side Productions. More recently, Alex has become involved with producing by working with Jake Planinc and Chelsea Dickie to create and run Matchstick Theatre.

 

Logan Robins, Co-Secretary 

Logan (he/him) is a Halifax based director, actor, puppeteer, and writer. Since graduating from the Fountain School of Performing Arts in the spring of 2019, he has trained as a puppeteer at the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, worked as an actor with Theatre Baddeck, as a producer with Theatre du Poulet, and as a director and founder of The Unnatural Disaster Theatre Company. Currently Logan is working on creating an anthology play called “Forest Town”, which will premiere in late February 2020. He is passionate about collaboration and community building within the arts, the bridge between science and theatre, and finding innovative ways for artists to tell important stories about the world around them. His (proverbial) door is always open and he loves talking about theatre.

 

David Zinck, Co-Secretary 

David Zinck is an art educator who works for the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE).  He currently serves the Fine Arts Department Head for the Halifax Regional Arts, a supplementary funded school under the HRCE.  As a high school drama teacher, David has been involved in more than 21 theatrical productions and has proudly brought students to the Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival for more than 20 years.  He is a past board member of Eastern Front Theatre and currently serves as Vice President and Conference Chair for the Education Drama Association of Nova Scotia (EDANS), a professional association under the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.  As a performer, David is a 3 time Halifax Slam Poetry team member who represented Halifax in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Ottawa, Victoria, and here at home in Halifax.  David is also a high school coach for the Canadian Improv Games and has attended the Canadian Improv Games National Festival several times. David is Dartmouth born and Dartmouth proud.

 

Directors

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice Abaga

Eunice Abaga is a Policy Analyst with the Nova Scotia Provincial Government where she has worked  with Primary Health Care Branch since 2005. She has also worked  as a  consultant in her private practice business conducting program evaluation and facilitating workshops across  various  communities in Nova Scotia.  Since 2002, Eunice continues to volunteer as a speaker for Passages Canada, giving talks in schools and has digital stories archived by  Historica  Canada and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.  Eunice has keen interest in theatre and acting and has had background roles as well as small roles on local productions  by Zuppa Theatre  such as THIS IS NOWHERE. Eunice has been a simulated patient Dalhousie Medical School since 2019 .  
Eunice has master's-level qualifications in Adult Education and Public Administration. She has extensive experience in planning and development, strategic planning, research evaluation and public speaking. She also has been involved in a variety of leadership positions and in a variety of key initiatives in Primary Health Care. Her projects have included Health Literacy, Chronic Disease Self-Management, and Episodic Disabilities. Ms. Abaga also holds a Bachelor of Education and is a certified teacher (TC8) in the Province of Nova Scotia. Eunice utilizes her teaching background in community initiatives and programs volunteering in boards and working committees . She has served as an executive in various Professional Associations and has also taken initiative to initiate and establish  a Network of Employees with Disabilities.

 

Andrea Boyd 

Andrea Boyd is the Artistic Director of Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and Theatre Antigonish. Recent directing projects include Burnin’ Love by Sharon Bajer, Hope and Gravity by Michael Hollinger, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl, Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman and Cerulean Blue by Drew Hayden Taylor. Her play, For the Love of Gracie Gray, was the first place winner of the 2013 Write-On-Q! Quebec Playwriting Competition, hosted by Infinitheatre, and Angel's River was produced by Live Bait Theatre and NotaBle Acts. She was the Crake Drama Fellow at Mount Allison University where she taught and directed. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta, where she also taught in the drama department.

 

 

 

Kirandeep Kaur

Kiran is the artistic director and co-founder of Hustlers Theatre company, a new and fresh initiative to tell cross-cultural stories from across the globe.  After graduating from Asmita Theatre company, New Delhi from diploma in Street play and socio-political theatre, she worked with the theatre company for 4 years in the capacity of an actor as well as director. She has acted in several plays over the  years: Chukayenge Nahi, Court Martial, Macbeth, Refugee, Amritsar Aa gaya, Ramkali, The last Salute; for many she has received awards and accolades.

Post my move to Nova Scotia, Kiran has collaborated with the local theatre community for various projects viz Peachy Keen Short Plays with The Bus Stop Theatre, The Knight of Pestle with Villians Theatre, Character mask workshop with Theatre du Poulet, Drinking Game with Dapopo Theatre company, Students Playwrights Play reading with Theatre Nova Scotia. Kiran has also acted in "Dearg" and "The Tales of the man who whispered to the flowers" both award winning short films at the Atlantic Film festival 2018. Most recently, Kiran shot for a  principal part for a Nova Scotia Indie feature called 'Surface Tension'.

These days, Kiran has been focusing on writing and developing content for Hustlers Theatre company.

 

Kristi Wenaus

Kristi is the owner and principal of Stagecoach Halifax - Performing Arts School for Children.  Theatre has bee in Kristi's blood since she first started "performing" at her parent's dinner parties when she was 5 years old.  As a performing arts student all through her youth she continued her education into college, studying Theatre Arts at Dalhousie University, eventually working as a singer and an actress in film and on stage and travelling the world.She eventually returned home to Nova Scotia to raise her family and her professional focus switched to International Business Development and Marketing in the tourism and hospitality field.  Her passion for the theatre never died through and she is thrilled to be bringing her business management skills and commitment ot children's performing arts education to the board of Theatre Nova Scotia.

 

 

Franziska Glen

Franziska Glen is an actor, puppeteer and theatre maker living in K'jipuktuk (Halifax). She is co-artistic director of Gale Force Theatre and performed in their inaugural show Crypthand, for the 2019 Halifax Fringe Festival. After completing three international tours with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's show The Rainbow Fish, Franziska spent the summer of 2019 at Bread and Puppet as an apprentice puppeteer to their circus and pageant shows. Recently she spent the summer of 2020 developing outdoor shows to be performed during the time of Covid. These include Late Night Radio with the North Barn Theatre Collective and A Tale On Two Wheels with Gale Force Theatre.

Franziska also works and creates in French. She is currently developing Satellite Théâtre's newest show and directed Antioche for Théâtre DesAssimilés.

Nancy Henry

Nancy Henry has been involved in all aspects of theatre for over 30 years with CentreStage Theatre, Kentville. She believes very strongly in the concept of allowing the artistic side of people the opportunity to explore the aspect of their own creative gifts.  Nancy is delighted to be a Community Theatre voice for TNS.

 

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