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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).

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. Pamela was awarded the 2019 PGC Bra d'Or Award for her support of Canadian women playwrights. 

 

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Sophie Cole, Communications and Membership Coordinator

Job Description


The Communications and Membership Coordinator's responsibilities include PARC library organization. creation and distribution of the weekly E-Bulletin, 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.

Biography

Sophie Cole was born and raised in Port Elgin, NB, and is currently living in Halifax, NS. She graduated from Oulton College in Moncton with a diploma in Networking & Security, and is an alumna of Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, where she majored in Drama as well as Computer Science. During and since her time at Mount Allison, she has been involved in several theatre productions in several capacities, including acting, stage management, and production design. She has worked extensively with Live Bait Theatre in Sackville, and was the lighting/sound designer for two plays at the Halifax Fringe Festival: Hummingbird [2016] and EVIL [2018].

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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.

From 2009-2017 he ran Valley Summer Theatre, a professional theatre company based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia that he founded that featured classic works of theatre from the Canadian and International canons. 

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Santiago Guzmán, Artistic Associate

Biography

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.

 

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Meg Edwards, Script Library Manager

Job Description

The PARC Script Librarian is responsible for the Script Library 0perations and Outreach Services: organizing and managing the resources in the Script Library and creating an Outreach program for the PARC members. The Library Manager applies for grants to fund digitizing the PARC Script Library and coordinates cross referencing the PARC Script Library catalogue with the on-line catalogue.

Biography

Meg Dallas Edwards lives in Baie Verte, New Brunswick and has worked for PARC as the Communications and Membership Coordinator for the last four years. 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. Meg worked as a Staff Reporter for the Times and Transcript for ten years. 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.

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Hannah Lucas, Crake Student Intern

Job Description

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

Biography

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.

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Jamie Bradley, President

Biography

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.

 

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Nadine Salami - Vice President

Biography

PARC member Nadine Salami got her theatre and writing training and experience in Paris. She also co-founded an amateur theatre company, taught improv techniques to engineering students and corporate executives, and she had her first short plays staged by director Nicolas Bigard at Théâtre MC93 in France. She joined PARC, as well as the Island Improv Company in 2018, and has taken part in a few playwriting and theatre events in the Maritimes. Nadine is a certified coach, an assistant professor at the University of PEI and an economist trained at the London School of Economist and Sciences-Po Paris.

 

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Catherine Banks, NS Director

Biography

Plays by Catherine Banks have been performed across Canada, Scotland, the US and Catalonia and include: Miss N' Me; It Is Solved By Walking; Bone Cage; Three Storey, Ocean View; and Bitter Rose, which aired on Bravo! Canada. Her work has been described as poetic, darkly humorous, courageous, and beautifully theatrical. Bone Cage premiered in 2007, and went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2008. It Is Solved By Walking won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2012, was translated into Catalan by Tant per Tant, and was one of three Canadian plays to tour Catalonia in 2012. Catherine has adapted Ernest Buckler’s novel The Mountain and the Valley for the stage. Her play Downed Hearts is set to premiere in 2021 and she is working on a new play The King of Days. A film adaptation of Bone Cage directed by Taylor Olson was the reciept of four audience awards at FIN including Best Screenplay. Catherine has led playwriting classes at Dalhousie University and Sage Hill.

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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 and PEI Director

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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Juanita Peters, NS Director

Biography

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 The Green Book.

Juanita Peters, 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.  

 

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Sharon King-Campbell, NL Director

Biography

Sharon King-Campbell is a playwright, actor, storyteller and director based in St. John's, NL. Her plays, Fighting Fire with Snow (World's End Theatre Company) and Give Me Back (skc originals/For the Love of Learning), both enjoyed multiple remounts, and Give Me Back toured Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with the Arts & Culture Centres in 2016. Her most recent work, Original, premiered in November 2018 with PerSIStence Theatre Company. Sharon was the 2017 recipient of the Rhonda Payne Award, which recognizes the work of a female actor or playwright based in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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James McClure, NB Director

Biography

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 by the Saint John Theatre Company and at the Fundy Fringe Festival. He is also the editor of civilized.life - a cannabis culture magazine. 

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Glen Nichols, NB Director, Script Library

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 Mount Allison 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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Bernadine Stapleton, NL Director

Biography

PARC member Berni Stapleton is a Newfoundland- Labrador writer and performer of unique distinction. She was just listed on the Playwrights Guild of Canada Sure Fire List of Top 23 plays from female playwrights in Canada (for The Pope and Princess Di). Her play Woman in a Monkey Cage was also listed. She is the recipient of the 2018 Arts and Letters award for best dramatic script. She is the recipient of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write her book for young Selkies and other creatures called: Girly Muckle and the Queer Hands. Her new one woman show is called Late Lesbians and Other Bloomers. She is one of the featured performers in the acclaimed Artistic Fraud production of Between Breaths.

She is a recipient of The Rhonda Payne award from Arts NL. She is a past recipient of the WANL award for best work in non-fiction for her contribution to the book They Let Down Baskets.(Published by Creative Book Publishing and co-created with the esteemed Chris Brookes and Jamie Lewis.) Her short stories and essays have appeared in Riddle Fence and The Newfoundland Quarterly. She is a recipient of the Ambassador of Tourism award from Hospitality NL. Berni was the Artistic Director of the Grand Bank Regional Theatre Festival for 11 years. She has been a playwright-in- residence with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Alberta Theatre Projects, CanStage, PARC, and other national companies. Her plays are regularly produced nationally and internationally. They include Offensive To Some, Brazil Square, The Haunting of Margaret Duley and Our Frances. Berni’s other books include This is the Cat and Rants, Riffs and Roars (Creative Publishing) and new works include Love, Life. Berni was dramaturge for and helped devise transVersing. Find out more by checking out latest projects, blogs, and the online shop at www.bernistapleton.com

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Lindsay Kyte, NS Director, Fundraising

Biography

Lindsay Kyte is a playwright/performer originally from Reserve Mines, Cape Breton. She has a Masters of Acting from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England (LIPA), where Sir Paul McCartney gave Kyte her degree. Kyte has performed on many stages and screens across Canada and her award-winning play, Tompkinsville, was declared “a classic — an unforgettable and important addition to the canon of Cape Breton literature.” Kyte’s play, Toronto Adventures has also been produced across the East Coast. Kyte has hosted/written for documentaries/TV, is a keynote speaker (TEDx), and a freelance journalist. She was chosen by Rita MacNeil’s family to create Dear Rita, a musical celebration of our Rita, which was to premiere Summer 2020 at the Charlottetown Festival and the Savoy Theatre. Hoping it sees a stage soon!

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Todd Hiscock, NS Director, Governance

Biography

Todd is the Manager and Artistic Director of the Cape Breton University Boardmore Playhouse. He is a 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.

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Peter Guildford, Past 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 two 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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