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 Annual Report 2017

Read the Five-Year Theatre Nova Scotia Strategic Plan

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

Ryan Van Horne is a journalist and playwright. Journalism was his first passion and he discovered this while working for The Journal, the student newspaper at Saint Mary’s University. He also earned a BA at Saint Mary’s, but never had that degree framed despite the fact it helped him get an interview at The Daily News where he worked for 18 years. A brief sojourn as a government communications officer gave him the inspiration for his first play, Department of Common Sense. Ryan has since written another play, Butterscotch Palace, and is grateful to the Theatre Arts Guild for inspiring him to discover another passion at his neighbourhood theatre.

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.

Amal Bhattacharyya

Amal worked as a psychiatrist for 47 years and recently retired. He was lucky enough to never need a resume and so does not have one at the ready! He is a longtime patron and volunteer at TAG (50 years!) and a volunteer at the Atlantic Jazz Festival for 20 years. He is also a former member of the board of directors at Dartmouth Players.

Born in Shillong, India in 1937, Amal got his medical degree in Calcutta. He moved to New York in 1959 where he did post-graduate work through Columbia University at Mount Sinai Hospital and the New York School of Psychiatry. He came to Halifax in 1964 to complete his residency at Dalhousie University and fell in love with the city. He has lived here ever since.

Andrew Chandler 

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.

Adrian Choong

Adrian Choong is a Halifax-based actor, and he is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Theatre NS Board this year! Originally from Malaysia, Adrian now calls Halifax home, where he recently graduated from The Fountain School of Performing Arts’ Acting program at Dalhousie University. While at FSPA, he appeared in Coram Boy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Rimers of Eldritch and The Oresteia. Since then, he has acted in Peter PanAll’s Well That Ends WellJulius Caesar (Shakespeare by The Sea), Nine Compositions: Interactions with Art (Halifax Theatre for Young People), and will be travelling to Theatre New Brunswick this winter for a fresh adaptation on A Christmas Carol. Catch him, too, as CHAD P in the world premiere of eOne and Pop Tv’s Let’s Get Physical this January 2018!

Audrey Eastwood

Audrey Eastwood is an actor/designer/musician from the small town of Central Hampstead, NB. After graduating from Acadia University with a BA in Theatre, Audrey moved to Halifax to join the independent theatre scene. She is the Artistic Co-Director and founder of Terra Novella Theatre, a company committed to working with emerging artists to create productions that present abstract views of humanity by questioning social norms, cultural stigmas, and the human experience. She is the administrator for the Centre for Alternative Theatre training, which strives to teach actors the skills to work internationally and interculturally. Along with her partner Nicholas Cox, she comprises one half of the band Guy & Doll. She has also recently become the Venue Manager of the Bus Stop Theatre, her favorite space in Halifax to spend time and create theatre. Recent performances include: TYRANT by Villain’s Theatre (Memphonius), Guy & Doll’s Utterly Awkward World Tour by Terra Novella Theatre (Doll), Scorched by Acadia Theatre Company (Young Nawal). Catch her in Kick at the Dark’s upcoming Christmas show, or in the dark depths of the Bus Stop Theatre.

Todd Hiscock

Todd is the Manager and Artistic Director  of the Cape Breton University Boardmore Playhouse, part-time instructor of Theatre Arts and Drama in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.  He has a Bachelor of Arts Community Studies degree from Cape Breton University and a Masters in Fine Art from York University where he studied Acting from 1997 to 1999.  Along with his administrative and teaching duties Todd has directed plays by Shakespeare, Beckett, Chekhov, Stoppard, and has acted in over fifty productions  throughout  Nova Scotia.  As an advocate for Arts in Education, Todd has participated in several artists in the schools programs such as Perform and Learning Through the Arts, along with directing annual play productions for elementary schools in Cape Breton.

Alex Mills

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.

Samantha Wilson

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.


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