The Artistic Director of PARC is the spokesperson for the organization. Reporting and responsible to the Board, the Artistic Director is responsible for providing leadership to the organization and its staff; setting the artistic direction of the organization; developing, budgeting for, planning and coordinating the play and playwright development programs and services; and overseeing the content and editorial policies of all publications of the organization.
Pamela Halstead is a director, dramaturge, 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 and 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.
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 Artistic Producer for DMV Theatre (Halifax, NS) and Co-Executive Director of Valley Summer Theatre (Wolfville, NS).
As a dramaturge she has worked for the Banff Playwrights Colony, the Suncor Stage One Festival, the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival of New Plays, Alberta Playwrights Network and PARC, as well as for a number of individual artists. Her freelance directing work has taken her across the country and includes Neptune Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Lunchbox Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Ships Company Theatre, Valley Summer Theatre, Quest Theatre and Onelight Theatre. She is Artistic Producer for DMV Theatre in Halifax and Co-Executive Director of Valley Summer Theatre in Wolfville. As well, Pamela is currently the Program Coordinator for PERFORM!, a program that sends professional artists into Nova Scotia schools to work with students, enhancing education through the arts.
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.
Santiago Guzmán is a writer, performer, and director for theatre and film from Mexico City, now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He holds a BFA in Theatre from Memorial University, Grenfell Campus.
It is in Santiago's keen interest to promote diversity onstage and onscreen, to encourage folks with diverse backgrounds to share their talents and stories with the arts community across Atlantic Canada.
Santiago is the Founder and Artistic Director of "TODOS Productions: Theatre and Film for All", an organization that seeks to promote, produce, and support the work of under-represented artists in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, Santiago has worked with theatre and film companies like White Rooster Theatre, Rising Tide Theatre, Power Productions, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company, Perchance Theatre, Shakespeare By The Sea Festival, Blue Pinion Films, The Nickel Independent Film Festival, NIFCO, CNA Digital Filmmaking Program, and has written several articles for CBC Newfoundland and Labrador.
Santiago is delighted to be the new Artistic Associate for Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre. He looks forward to creating space and platforms for under-represented writers in all four Atlantic Provinces.
Bruce is contracted to provide management services to PARC including most financial management and reporting aspects of the organization and work with the Artistic Director on budgeting and the financial aspects of grant applications.
Bruce Klinger has been working in Atlantic Canada’s arts community for over thirty years. He worked in many capacities at Neptune Theatre before becoming that company’s General Manager in 1988.
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.
After leaving Neptune he opened his own business as an arts management consultant and 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. He was one of the 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.
In 2009 he also began Valley Summer Theatre, a professional theatre company based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia that features classic works of theatre from the Canadian and International canons.
The Membership, Library and Communications Coordinator's responsibilities include PARC library organization. creation and distribution of the weekly E-Bulleitin, participation in the annual Playwrights' Colony, membership updates (including donations), assistance with fundraising events, press releases and publicity, and maintenance of social media sites and the website.
Meg Dallas Edwards lives in Baie Verte, New Brunswick. Meg worked as a Staff Reporter for the Times and Transcript for ten years as well as home schooling three children. Meg graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a degree in English Literature and Women's Studies and from Memorial University with a long distance certificate in Library Studies in 2012. Meg worked as a newsletter editor and arts adminstrator in Toronto for the Canadian Filmmaker's Distribution Centre, Liaison for Independent Filmmakers, and The Funnel Experimental Film Theatre. In Vancouver, Meg collaborated in running the West Coast Women and Words Writing Retreat and wrote for Vancouver's Status of Women magazine, Kinesis, as an Arts Reporter. She wrote film and film festival reviews for Toronto's Weekly NOW Magazine and Movie/TV Marketing. as well as a feature article on Childhood Vaccinaton for Homemaker's Magazine.
The student intern position at the PARC Library has been generously funded by the JEA Crake Foundation since 2006.
Hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Hannah Lucas is a second-year drama student at Mount Allison University where she has been actively involved in many productions. Hannah is the current Vice President of Mount Allison's Drama Studies Society.
Hannah has been an avid participant in theatre since 2016 ranging from acting to production, with experience in Improvisaton and Clowning. She was a dedicated player in the Canadian Improv Games, (2016-2018) a participant in Improv University (2017), and is an alumni of Mount Allison University's improv troupe, Presents. (2018-2019)
Hannah gained experience in festivals and event organization when she volunteered with the Women’s Work Festival in Saint John's NL in 2018, and applied these skills as the Colony Coordinator for PARC's 2019 Playwrights' Colony. She is excited to reprise the role for the 2020 Playwright’s Colony.
Peter Guildford is a native of Halifax who has had a life-long involvement in the arts. Following various involvements in theatre in high school Peter studied Theatre at Dalhousie University and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Bachelor of Education.
Following two years of public school teaching, Peter returned to university, completing a Masters of Theatre History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. While completing his master thesis, he worked for the Vancouver Children's Festival for just over 2 years.
Peter returned to Halifax in 1981 and worked in a volunteer capacity and then as Festival Director for the Children's Festival of Nova Scotia. During that period he also taught Theatre History for two years at Dalhousie. In 1987 he joined the Culture Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage where he worked in community cultural development and organizational development as well as managed grant funding programs in community and arts development. As well, for 14 years he served as Secretary for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. From 2008 until he retired in 2011 he was Acting Director of Programs, responsible for overseeing the Culture Division's funding programs and supervising the work of the program officers.
Throughout his years with the Culture Division Peter worked closely with arts and cultural organizations, community arts councils, and individuals active in the culture sector across the province. He saw his role not only as a funding manager, but also as an information resource and consultant on organizational and community cultural development. Since his retirement Peter has drawn upon his knowledge and experience to serve occasionally as a consultant in the areas of board governance and strategic planning.
Jamie returned to playwriting and the theatre in 2012 with his play, Titanic: The Fated Voyage, at Halifax's Cunard Centre. In 2015 he wrote the first draft of Kamp:The Musical with composer Garry Williams, which was workshopped at the PARC Playwrights Colony in 2016. Also in 2016 he wrote Before the Leaves Turn, which toured Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Two recent plays Sherlock and John;The Forgotten Case and Jukie and Her Dad both benefitted from PARC programs. Presently he is researching a new play about schizophrenia in early 19 th century London. He is a member of PARC, TNS, PGC, CMTWC, ACTRA, CAEA and serves on the boards of PAL Halifax and Kick At the Dark Theatre. Jamie is also an actor, puppeteer and fountain pen enthusiast.
Nancy Morgan is the Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia and was previously the Managing Director of Strategic Arts Management. Nancy has worked as the general manager at Eastern Front Theatre and as an administrator at Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. She has also been the Outreach 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 United States.
Nancy is the Chair of the Legacy Centre for the Performing Arts Board, Chair of the Strategic Arts Management Board, Treasurer and Fundraising Coordinator for Performing Arts Lodge Halifax Board and now serves as Director on the Board of Upstream Music Association.
With a music degree from Queen's University and an MBA from St. Mary's University Nancy as been a music teacher, arts administrator and volunteer for more than 20 years.
Melissa Mullen is an actor and writer based in P.E.I. Her first play, Rough Waters, was produced by Neptune Theatre in Halifax and toured the Island with Theatre PEI. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, she performed professionally for many years in Eastern Canada. She is a former member of Drill Queens Comedy and a founding member of Beyond the Bridge Theatre, with which she has co-produced and performed in Marion Bridge and most recently The Attic, The Pearls, and Three Fine Girls. She collaborated with Rob MacLean on a stage adaptation of Sir Andrew Macphail’s The Master’ Wife and co-wrote a short elevator play, Dear Mr. Keith, for Theatre Yes and Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Melissa has been a member of PARC for many years and attended the PARC colony as both a writer and actor.
Juanita Peters is an award-winning storyteller, who is currently one of the directors of the Screen Nova Scotia Award Winning and Canadian Screen Awards nominated series STUDIO BLACK, now in Season 2. Other writer/ director film credits include: I Made A Vow, Africville: Can’t Stop Now and the multi award winning Hannah’s Story.
Peters is the Associate Producer on the 2-time Gemini Award winning film Gospel According To The Blues. As a playwright she has given us The San Family, The Mother Club, I M Possible and making its world debut in October 2016, The Green Book.
Juanita Peter s, the actor has appeared in more than 20 films and television series including Splinters, Hobo With a Shotgun, Forgive Me, Cloudburst and including the Emmy Nominated Homeless to Harvard. She served as a journalist and news anchor for more than 15 years in the Mari-times and hosted 4 seasons of CBC’s documentary series Doc Side.
Peters is a member of Actra, The Writers Guild of Canada, Equity, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and is a founding member of Women In Film & Television Atlantic. She currently serves on the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
Sara Tilley's work bridges writing, theatre and Pochinko Clown Through Mask technique. She has published two award winning novels; Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008) and DUKE (Pedlar Press, 2015). From 2002 - 2016 she was the artistic director of an independent feminist theatre company, She Said Yes! which produced many of the eleven plays which she has written, co-written or co-created. Sara's wide spectrum of work includes time spent as an actor, writer, designer of puppets, masks, props, costumes, director, puppeteer, dramaturge and clown teacher/performer. She is fascinated by the ways in which these creative processes overlap and feed each other. She lives in St. John's, NL.
James McClure studied English and Theatre at Western University, earning a BA and MA while also writing scripts for community drama festivals. After competing those degrees, he began doctoral research in Shakespearean drama at the University of Ottawa. Since moving to Saint John, he has become an active member of the theatre community, directing a production of As You Like It for Loyalists City Shakespeare and writing Faking It , which was staged earlier this year by the Saint John Theatre Company and at the Fundy Fringe Festival. He is also the editor of civilized.life - a cannabis culture magazine.
Director of Drama at Mount Allison University, Glen has the privilege and pleasure of working with some of the brightest and most exciting young theatre students around. The relationship of the Drama Studies Program and the PARC library held on the MtA campus is of growing importance to Mount Allison students, and Glen hopes that more connections can be found in order to enhance that relationship even more to the benefit of both PARC and the students. Glen has directed many campus productions, and published a number of English translations of Acadian plays as well as articles about New Brunswick theatre.
Gay Hauser has worked as an actor, director, designer and general manager administrator in non-profit arts sector for 35 years. Currently a consultant for Strategic Arts Management, Gay has worked as the general manager of Live Art Dance Productions and as a founding member of Eastern Front Theatre and Mulgrave Road Theatre Co. Gay continues to perform annually in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker and currently serves as the managing producer of the annual event.
David Overton’s work as a director and playwright has spanned over four decades. His musical theatre credits include directing Merrily We Roll Along and Urinetown at Dal Theatre, Billy Bishop Goes To War for Another Theatre Company, Nunsense at Festival Antigonish, and, as a writer, Take Twelve (Neptune Theatre), Tales From a Tokyo Verandah (Canterbury College) and Early Bloom (Atlantic Fringe Festival). Non-musical shows he has directed include Danton’s Death, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Café Durang and On The Razzle. For Opera Nova Scotia, he has directed Bastien and Bastienne, Idomeneo, Zaide, The Beggar’s Opera and The Threepenny Opera (in rep), and The Abduction From the Seraglio. Most recently, his musical play The Passion of Adele Hugo was produced by Eastern Front Theatre. Dr. Overton retired in 2008 from the Dalhousie Theatre Department after nearly forty years there as a professor.