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Staff & Board

PARC has a dedicated team of staff and board members committed to the smooth running and growth of its operations. Discover more about the people behind PARC below.

Pamela Halstead, Artistic Director

Job Description

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.

Biography

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.

 

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Don Hannah, Associate Artist

Biography

Don Hannah is an award winning playwright and novelist. His pair of one person shows, The Cave Painter & The Woodcutter, were recently published by Playwrights Canada Press, and Cave Painter received the 2012 Carol Bolt Award. He has worked as a dramaturge at Playwrights Theatre Centre, the Banff Playwrights Colony, and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, of which he is a founding member. His books include Shoreline, a collection of his plays, and the novels, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, and Ragged Islands, both published by Knopf. Ragged Islands was awarded the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

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Bruce Klinger, General Management Service Provider

Job Description

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.

Biography

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. 

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Meg Edwards, Membership and Communications Coordinator

Job Description

The Membership and Communications Coordinator's responsibilities include Membership updates (including donations), fundraising events, media relations, publication of the weekly E-Bulletin and administration of the website. 

Biography

Meg Dallas Edwards has lived in Baie Verte, New Brunswick for the last fourteen years. For ten of those years she wrote for the Times and Transcript as a council reporter and freelance contributor. Meg graduated from the University of Toronto in the eighties and graduated from Memorial University with a long distance certificate in Library Studies in 2012

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Sabrina Stace, Crake Student Intern

Job Description

The student intern position at the PARC Library has been generously funded by the JEA Crake Foundation since 2006.

Peter Guildford, President

Biography

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.

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David Overton, Past President

Biography

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.

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Kathleen Hamilton, Vice President and PEI Representative

Biography

Kathleen Hamilton is from Montague, PEI. Her first play, Shameless Hussies, was workshopped with dramaturgical assistance from Jenny Munday, and went on to be a hit comedy for two seasons at The Guild in Charlottetown. Kathleen also participated in PARC's Playwright’s Colony in 2000, writing a new one-woman play, Blonde Moments, which was then workshopped by Theatre PEI and won a New Voices Award. Kathleen’s memoir, Sex After Baby: Why There is None, was published by Acorn Press in 2007, and in 2010 her screenplay Crazy On You was honoured with a First Place SuperChannel Award at the Island Literary Awards, and a development grant from the PEI Arts Council.

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Nancy Morgan, Treasurer

Biography

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.

 

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Melissa Mullen, Secretary

Biography

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.

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Pam Calabrese MacLean, NS Representative

Biography

Pam Calabrese MacLean lives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where she works in the Library of St. Francis Xavier University. She is a Mother, a Nonna, a playwright, and a poet.

MacLean children’s books were published in 1988 (The Gift) & 1989 (A Christmas Crisis) by Hamboyan Publishing.

MacLean’s first play, Her Father’s Barn garnered awards at The London Fringe Festival (2005), Liverpool International Theatre Festival (2006), and The Uno Festival in Victoria, BC (2007).

Two of her 10 minute plays, Awake (2nd place 2009) and Is it Wednesday? (Peoples’ Choice 2010) were produced as part of ‘The King’s Shorts’ in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.  Is it Wednesday? was produced as part of the Six Women Playwriting Festival in Colorado Springs (2011).

Her play, Sunnyside Café received rave reviews at Atlantic Fringe Festival (2009). It was part of ‘Ship’s Company 2011 Main Stage’ and was performed in Goose Bay (2011). It will be published this fall (2012) in an anthology of one person plays from ‘Signature Editions’, entitled One for the Road.

Her award winning poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada, the US and Great Britain. Twenty-four Names for Mother (Paper Journey Press 2006) was her first book of poetry.

Her flash fiction has appeared in two US anthologies: Women Behaving Badly, 2004 and Blink, 2006.

Her second book of poetry, The Dead Can’t Dance, was published by Ronsdale Press in the fall of 2009.

A scene from MacLean’s work in progress TOSS will be published in an anthology entitled Scenes from a Diverse World, published by The International Center for Women Playwrights.


 

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Ryan Griffith, NB Representative

Biography

Ryan Griffith grew up along the banks of the Saint John River just outside of Woodstock, New Brunswick. He began writing plays while attending St. Thomas University in 1999. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryan currently enjoys performing and writing for theatres in his home province. Ryan  is the Artistic Director for the Next Folding Theatre Company in Fredericton, New Brunswick  His play LUTZ was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2011.

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Glen Nichols, Member at Large

Biography

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.

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Gay Hauser, Member at Large

Biography

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.

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Meghan Hubley, Member at Large

Biography

Meghan Hubley is a playwright, actor, arts writer and mother from Halifax.  Her plays and collaborations include Yes People/No People, Honey&Jupiter, 11:11, Waltz of the Fae, and Fringe-Hit Some Sunny Day which have been performed in Halifax, Shelburne’s Osprey Arts Centre, the Liverpool International Theatre Festival, and with Winnipeg’s Sarasvati Theatre. She also improvises and writes hasty plays with Kristin Slaney as one-half of clown duo Tomato&Tomato. Meghan has worked in Toronto with The Theatre Department, CanStage, LabCab, and spent two seasons as assistant producer and researcher for renegade improv company The National Theatre of the World.  This Fall she will be an artist-in-residence at DaPoPo Theatre's Live-In Festival, and will be launching the inaugural Bus Stop Theatre Playwrights Unit. Her play TreeGirl will be presented by ForeRunner Theatre in 2017. http://halifaxbloggers.ca/thepresentpresence

 

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Lois Brown, NL Representative/NL PGC Representative

Biography

Lois Brown was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, seven years after Newfoundland became a part of Canada. Educated in Drama at The University of Alberta, she returned to St. John’s, Newfoundland where she established her cross-disciplinary artistic practice. She is past Artistic Animateur of RCA Theatre Company, and original member and past Curator of Neighbourhood Dance Works. In 2004, she was one of five Canadian directors short-listed for the Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize. The following year The Canada Council for the Arts gave her The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement in theatre by a mid-career Canadian artist. She has been recognized for her contribution to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador with an Artist Achievement Award. Lois holds a Masters from Memorial University, where she has taught acting and directing. In 2006 she established her own company – newfoudlandartistx (nax) – for research and experimentation in live art. Lois is dramaturg-in-residence at Playwrights Workshop Montreal in Quebec, Canada for 2011/12 and 2012/13.

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Lindsay Wilson, Maritime PGC Representative

Biography

Lindsay Wilson is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto, Ontario and completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at Concordia University, Montreal, Qc. She is the National Forum Maritime Representative for Playwrights Guild of Canada. In 2015 she participated in the Halifax Theatre for Young People’s Play Development Program and wrote The Amazing Melvins. In 2011 she was awarded a Conseils des arts et lettres du Quebec grant for research and development of her show Blind about about witchcraft-related albino killings in East Africa; the play also speaks to the complexities of foreign aid and intervention. Blind was recently nominated for several METAs (Montreal English Theatre Awards) after having its world premiere in April 2014 as a co-presentation between Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre and Montreal, Arts Interculturel in Montreal, Qc. Other past projects include directing Final Girl at The Freestanding Room in 2012; co-directing and re-mounting Jesus Jell-O: The Miraculous Confection - Winner of the Montreal Fringe 2010 Mainline Award - at Mainline Theatre in Montreal in early December 2010. Her play Puck Bunny, presented during the 2009 Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals, was selected for the Long-Distance Dramaturgy Project with She Said Yes! Theatre in Newfoundland for its 2009 – 2010 season. She also worked from 2010-2012 as an invited artist with The Joanna Baillie Project, a interdisciplinary project at Concordia University. She now resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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