Collaborators

Bruce Barton

Playwright/Dramaturge

Bruce is a performance maker and research/creation scholar located in Calgary, Alberta. His stage and radio plays have been produced across Canada, celebrated with regional and national awards, and anthologized….
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Bruce is a performance maker and research/creation scholar located in Calgary, Alberta. His stage and radio plays have been produced across Canada, celebrated with regional and national awards, and anthologized. He works extensively as a director, playwright, dramaturg, and designer with numerous devising and intermedial performance companies across Canada and internationally. He is also the Artistic Director of Vertical City (http://brucewbarton.com/vertical-city), an interdisciplinary performance hub. Recent Vertical City projects include 2YouTopia (Toronto’s Nuit Blanch 2014), All Good Things (Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax 2013-14), the award-winning Trace (Toronto 2014), and Taste (with Ghost River Theatre, 2015).

Bruce has published in a wide range of peer-reviewed and professional periodicals, including Performance Research, TDR, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre Research in Canada, and Canadian Theatre Review. He is a former general editor of Theatre Research in Canada and has several times been issue co-editor of Canadian Theatre Review (“Theatrical Devising,” “Memory,” “Dance and Movement Dramaturgy”). He has contributed articles to several international essay collections and is the author or editor/contributor of seven books, including Developing Nation: New Play Creation in English-Speaking Canada (2009) and Collective Creation, Collaboration and Devising (2008).

Bruce taught playwriting, dramaturgy, devising, and intermedial performance at the University of Toronto for 15 years. In January of 2015 he became the first Director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.

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Nick Bottomley

Projection/Video Designer

Nick Bottomley is a projection designer and programmer based in Halifax. A graduate of Dalhousie’s Computer Science program, he has worked in installation art and performance design for the last…
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Nick Bottomley is a projection designer and programmer based in Halifax. A graduate of Dalhousie’s Computer Science program, he has worked in installation art and performance design for the last five years. Recent credits include collaborations with Neptune, Secret Theatre, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Eastern Front Theatre, LunaSea, Onelight, and 2b theatre company. His work has travelled Canada, the US, UK, Germany and Iran. He is the recipient of the SummerWorks 2012 Design Award for his work on 2b Theatre’s When it Rains which was also a Finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award in 2013. With Zuppa Theatre Co., Nick has designed video for Pop-Up Love Party. 

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Daniel Burns

Menu Design, Executive Chef, Pop-Up Love Party

Daniel is from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and has been working in professional kitchens for the past fifteen years. He worked under Susur Lee in Toronto and then went to the…
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Daniel is from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and has been working in professional kitchens for the past fifteen years. He worked under Susur Lee in Toronto and then went to the Fat Duck in Bray, England, one of the world’s most acclaimed kitchens, to work under celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal. From the Fat Duck he went to Noma in Copenhagen, where he founded that restaurant’s pastry department.  During his time there, Noma became a major global culinary destination, winning its second Michelin star. Restaurant magazine has ranked it the world’s best restaurant for three consecutive years (2010-2012). After leaving Noma, Daniel moved to New York where he was the head of David Chang’s research and development kitchen for his wildly successful Momofuku chain. In 2013 Daniel opened Luksas, a 25-seater founded in partnership with Danish craft brewer Jepp Jarnit-Bjergsø, as part of his Tørst beer bar.

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Kate Cayley

Playwright

Kate Cayley is the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, with whom she has co-created, written and directed eight plays. Her work with Stranger Theatre has been performed in Toronto, Halifax,…
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Kate Cayley is the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, with whom she has co-created, written and directed eight plays. Her work with Stranger Theatre has been performed in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Chicago, New York City and Istanbul, Turkey. She is also the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, an event celebrating theatre, food and public space held in Toronto since 2004. Her short fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in a number of journals, including The Canadian Theatre Review, CV2, Descant, Event, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly and The Literary Review of Canada. She has been a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and her first book, a novel for young adults called The Hangman in the Mirror (Annick Press), won the 2012 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction (Canadian Children’s Book Awards). She is currently a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre. Her first collection of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, was released in 2013. With Zuppa Theatre Co., she is currently creating The Library of Missing Things (working title).

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David Christensen

Composer/Musician

David is a graduate of the Department of Music at Dalhousie University, where his main study was of the saxophone and other woodwind instruments. David is a composer, arranger and…
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David is a graduate of the Department of Music at Dalhousie University, where his main study was of the saxophone and other woodwind instruments. David is a composer, arranger and player of many styles of music and collaborates frequently with artists of varied disciplines in Halifax and Nova Scotia. He received a Juno Award for his work with the Johnny Favorite Swing Orchestra. David has composed music for film and TV, including Good Morning Kandahar which won the Best Original Score Award at the 2008 Atlantic Film Festival.  With Zuppa Theatre Co., David has arranged and performed music in Nosferatu, Between Wonder and Amusement, Uncle Oscar was Silent and Uncle Oscar’s Experiment, and composed music for Radium City, The Zuppa Circus Open Theatre Kitchen, Penny Dreadful, Poor Boy, and Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world).

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Claire Gallant

Cellist/Performer

She has studied cello in various other places, such as Manchester, where she received a Masters of Music in 2004, and Italy, where she spent two summers playing chamber music…
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She has studied cello in various other places, such as Manchester, where she received a Masters of Music in 2004, and Italy, where she spent two summers playing chamber music and eating copious amounts of pasta. During the past few earthly years, she has worked cello magic for local bands and albums, including The Heavy Blinkers, nate and marcel, hey rosetta!, Down With the Butterfly, Brent Randall, Laura Peek, and Lily Frost. She performs regularly at The Music Room, and was a Guest Artist at the 2007 Scotia Festival of Music. She played with KanYe West at the 2006 Rolling Stones concert on the Commons and on Anne Murray’s 2008 Eastern Canadian tour. Claire’s other passion is vegan cooking; she has co-edited two cookbooks, a vegan dining guide to Halifax, and a magazine. At one time she provided Halifax cafes with decadent vegan sweets, and hosted huge vegan brunch parties. She also worked as an extern chef at San Francisco’s famous Millennium Restaurant in 2008. Claire played The Wind in Penny Dreadful and experimental art-rock diva Ella Savant in Poor Boy.

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Mike Geither

Playwright

Mike Geither’s plays and solo performances have been staged in San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, New York and London.  He is a three-time Ohio Arts Council fellow and has served as…
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Mike Geither’s plays and solo performances have been staged in San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, New York and London.  He is a three-time Ohio Arts Council fellow and has served as a resident artist at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito and as Playwright-in-Residence at Cleveland Public Theatre. Recent works include The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions (Zuppa Theatre Co., Halifax, 2013), The Tinderbox (Tailspinner Children’s Theatre, Cleveland, 2013), And Treat the Distant Peoples With Kindness (University of Ottawa, 2012), Shah Mat (Ottawa Dance Directive, 2011), and Circe/Landfall (Canada Dance Festival, 2010).

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Sandy Gribbin

Performer/Co-Founder

Origins: Born: Belfast, Ireland; Raised: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Training/Education: Philippe Gaulier – Clown, Bouffon, Shakespeare/Chekov – Paris, France and Halifax, Nova Scotia Ker Wells – Stilt Walking Fight Directors Canada…
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Origins: Born: Belfast, Ireland; Raised: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Training/Education:
Philippe Gaulier – Clown, Bouffon, Shakespeare/Chekov – Paris, France and Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ker Wells – Stilt Walking
Fight Directors Canada – Stage Combat
Dalhousie University – BA (Honours) in Theatre/Acting

With Zuppa Circus:
Performer/Co-creator: Endgame, Nicholas Knock, Nosferatu, The Sneetches, Duck Zuppa, The Door in the Wall, Radium City, The Open Theatre Kitchen
Director: The Unnameable, One Act of Bravery

Other Theatre Experience:
Stranger Theatre – Toronto, Ontario, Transactors Improv Company – Chapel Hill, North Carolina, The Paper Hand Puppet Intervention – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Leesa Hamilton

Costume Designer

Leesa Hamilton was raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has spent a number of years working in both Toronto and Halifax as a community artist, youth counselor, arts administrator and…
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Leesa Hamilton was raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has spent a number of years working in both Toronto and Halifax as a community artist, youth counselor, arts administrator and costumer. She holds a BA and Diploma in Costume Studies (Dal), M.Ed in Adult Education (OISE/UT) and studied fashion at George Brown College.

With Zuppa Theatre Co, Leesa designed and built The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions, Slowly I Turn: a parlor vaudeville in one act, Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world), Poor Boy, Penny Dreadful, Open Theatre Kitchen and Very Secret Ceremony. Her other design work includes; East of Berlin (2b theatre company), Lysistrata, The Crucible (Two Planks and a Passion), Peter Pan (Festival Antigonish), Home(Home First Productions), Mother Courage (Neptune PPTP) and TONO (Assistant Designer, Banff Centre/Red Sky Productions) . Leesa has been nominated for five Merritt Awards for her work in design and in 2013 was awarded Outstanding Costume Design for Lysistrata and Outstanding Set Design for Slowly I Turn.

Leesa’s other work in costume includes costume construction and wardrobe management with such companies as Mirvish Productions, The Banff Centre, Jumblies Theatre, Puppet Mongers, Number Eleven Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Willpower Theatre and Shakespeare by the Sea. Leesa works at NSCAD in the Fashion Department as the Fashion Technician and as a Part-Time Instructor.

Leesa is happy to be back in Halifax and continue working, making and playing with Zuppa Theatre Co.

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Ann-Marie Kerr

Director

Ann-Marie directed 2b theatre company’s Invisible Atom which won a Herald Angel Award and garnered rave reviews at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured to Cork Ireland, NYC’s…
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Ann-Marie directed 2b theatre company’s Invisible Atom which won a Herald Angel Award and garnered rave reviews at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured to Cork Ireland, NYC’s Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theatre, Neptune Theatre, the PuSh Festival in Vancouver,  Theatre Passe Muraille and Summerworks in Toronto, and the Belfry Theatre in Victoria. She performed in 2b theatre company’s Homage that toured to the 2010 Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Luminato Festival. She directed A Rescue Demonstration for ARD Projects and The Comedy of Errors at Dalhousie University Theatre in Halifax. She took part in Nightwood Theatre’s Director’s Summit where she was one of 10 Canadian directors selected to stage Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. She directed Daniel MacIvor’s new play Confession for Mulgrave Road Theatre Company, the  show toured the Maritimes in 2008-09. With her theatre company This is a bird, she co-created and performed The Long Valley-Storiesby Steinbeck at Soulpepper Theatre Company and is currently in development for a new project with them. With Theatre Smith Gilmour she co-created/performed in Dr. Chekhov’s Ward 6 and Chekhov Longs…In the Ravine that played at the Factory Theatre as well as in several Canadian cities. Other performing includes 2b theatre company’s Soul Alone at Neptune Theatre, Blue Inc.’s Canadian tour ofSplice, Shakespeare in the Rough, Modern Times Stage Co.,  and Sudbury Theatre Centre and her one-woman show Imagining Gladys that toured living rooms and theatres across Canada. She has taught at National Theatre School, Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Academy and Youth Mentorship Program, Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, National Arts Centre and  George Brown College. She is the former Artistic Associate of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and is a graduate ofEcole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and York University.

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Katherine Jenkins-Ryan

Set Designer

Katherine has recently returned home to Nova Scotia with her husband (and occasional collaborator) Michael, to live in the Annapolis Valley. Her first introduction to theatre was through props construction…
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Katherine has recently returned home to Nova Scotia with her husband (and occasional collaborator) Michael, to live in the Annapolis Valley. Her first introduction to theatre was through props construction but she has stepped into a variety of design roles over the years with a concentration in set.  Katherine is a graduate of the Dalhousie Technical Theatre program and while living out West, she earned her Master’s in Theatrical Design at the University of Alberta.  Selected design credits include:  Pageant, Leisure Society, How I Learned to Drive, (DMV Theatre Company), The Gertrude Stein Project, Savage in Limbo (University of Alberta), Cracked (Mump and Smoot), Idemeneo (Nova Scotia Opera), Ships Portrait, Bump, Shatter, (Ships Company Theatre), Laramie Project, Witch of Edmonton, Urinetown (Dalhousie Theatre Department). With Zuppa Theatre Co., she has designed sets for The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions and Uncle Oscar’s Experiment.

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Dennis Johnston

Head Chef, Pop-Up Love Party

Born in the UK of Nova Scotian parents Dennis grew up surrounded by his family’s gardening, pickling and preserving. Cooking with his parents and grandparents began at a very young…
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Born in the UK of Nova Scotian parents Dennis grew up surrounded by his family’s gardening, pickling and preserving. Cooking with his parents and grandparents began at a very young age. The smells and flavours of the kitchen left a big impression on him.  He moved back to the UK at the age of 17 and through a series of events ended up apprenticing with the Roux Brothers in London and in Brae and also apprenticing with Anton Mossimann at the Dorchester. After travelling and working through Europe, he moved back to Montreal where he worked for 20 years with the constant dream of being able to open his own restaurant with his own philosophy. In the early eighties he became interested in heritage varieties of vegetables and the concept of a restaurant being completely self sufficient locally.  After moving back to Nova Scotia in 1999, the seed of an idea began to grow and he opened restaurant FID with his wife, Monica, with the mantra of being local, sustainable and ethical. Working directly with the farmers, foragers and fishermen, Dennis began using heritage varieties of fruits and vegetables, sustainable fish species and the concept of nose to tail butchery in using whole animals. After winning numerous local awards over the years and being named as one of the top 50 restaurants in Canada by Macleans magazine in September 2012, Monica and Dennis decided to close FID on May 31, 2013 and take a little break before moving on to other projects. With Zuppa Theatre Co., Dennis is the Head Chef of Pop-Up Love Party.

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Stewart Legere

Performer, Artistic Associate

Origins: Halifax, Nova Scotia Training/Education: Steven Cross (Physical Theatre, Mask); Peggy Redmond (Singing); Irondale Ensemble Project School of Ensemble Theatre; Dalhousie University – BA (Honours) in Acting. With Zuppa Theatre…
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Origins: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Training/Education: Steven Cross (Physical Theatre, Mask); Peggy Redmond (Singing); Irondale Ensemble Project School of Ensemble Theatre; Dalhousie University – BA (Honours) in Acting.

With Zuppa Theatre Co.: Performer: The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions, Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world), Poor Boy, Penny Dreadful, Very Secret Ceremony, Orfeo ed Eurydice (Opera Nova Scotia).

Selected Other Theatre: The Irondale Ensemble Project’s The Triumph of Joe T, Wearing Away,deconstructing WORK; Angels and Heroes Theatre’s Antigone, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad, Two Planks and a Passion’s Our Town, KAZAN CO-OP, Plutonium Playhouse.

Awards:Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Penny Dreadful, Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artist, The Coast Magazine’s Best Actor, 2011, 2012.

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Jessica Lewis

Lighting Designer

Jessica has been working in theatre for over 10 years as Technical Director and Technician.  She has taken productions across Canada and throughout the southern United States. Selected works include:…
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Jessica has been working in theatre for over 10 years as Technical Director and Technician.  She has taken productions across Canada and throughout the southern United States.

Selected works include:  Zuppa Theatre (Slowly I Turn, The Debacle, Poor Boy, Penny Dreadful), Off the Leash (A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare on Trial), Eastern Front Theatre (SuperNova Festival, Fall in Paris), Mulgrave Road (Confession), and Neptune Theatre.  Recent Lighting Design has been with Zuppa Theatre (Slowly I Turn, The Debacle), DMV (Pageant, The Ugly One), Plutonium Playhouse (Splinters).  She has also worked as Special Events Assistant Producer at the Atlantic Film Festival for the last 7 years.

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Jason Michael MacIsaac

Composer/Musician

Jason was born and raised in Timberlea, Nova Scotia. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at St. Mary’s University and has been formally trained in piano, saxophone and banjo….
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Jason was born and raised in Timberlea, Nova Scotia. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at St. Mary’s University and has been formally trained in piano, saxophone and banjo. Since 1992, Mr. MacIsaac has been composing, arranging and financing a wide range of musical recordings. Currently writing for and performing in the pop outfit The Heavy Blinkers, Mr. MacIsaac has garnered rave reviews from music critics throughout North America. His music has been featured in the films The Event (Thom Fitzgerald) andParsley Days (Andrea Dorfman) and he wrote the score for writer Mike Melski’s recent feature Touch and Go, which was directed by Scott Simpson. Jason composed and performed the score for Zuppa Theatre Co.’s Nosferatu, Between Wonder and Amusement Uncle Oscar was Silent and Uncle Oscar’s Experiment,and composed vocal and instrumental scores for The Door in the Wall, Radium City, Penny DreadfulPoor Boy, and Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world).

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Kathryn McCormack

Performer

A graduate of the Dalhousie Acting program, Kathryn keeps busy teaching, traveling and acting. Recent stage credits include Ms. Right Now (Forerunner), Robin Hood, Measure for Measure & A Comedy…
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A graduate of the Dalhousie Acting program, Kathryn keeps busy teaching, traveling and acting. Recent stage credits include Ms. Right Now (Forerunner), Robin Hood, Measure for Measure & A Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare by the Sea), The Problem (Beat 39 Theatre), Blackbird (Angels and Heroes), Nerve &Spooky Stories (trrrash) and Poor Boy (Zuppa Theatre). Recent screen credits include Call Me Fitz (Big Motion Pictures), There Are Monsters (Northeast Films) and Jonzed (Egg Films). Kathryn was named the Best Theatre Actor (Female) in The Coast’s 2010 “Best of Halifax” issue. As always, you can catch Kathryn doing her best work on late night re-runs of Shadow Hunter as “Girl Having Nightmares”.

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Brian Riley

Technician

Coming from a multi-disciplinary arts background, Brian Riley has combined a passion for community building and cultivating expression in youth with his theatre, music and sculpture. A sense of discovery…
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Coming from a multi-disciplinary arts background, Brian Riley has combined a passion for community building and cultivating expression in youth with his theatre, music and sculpture. A sense of discovery through play has become the staple in much of his work. Most recently exploration with found object sculpture and theatricalization of the everyday have led him towards creating and hosting beautifully transformative spaces for gatherings, events, and festivals. Adaptability to flow and group engagement are enhanced with his circus, musical, and sculptural background. Some Halifax collaborators include Secret Theatre and Heartwood Youth Development, while focusing on his own creative output under the names Even Integers and Circus of the Normal. With Zuppa Theatre Co., Brian has worked as a technician on Pop-Up Love Party, Uncle Oscar’s Experiment, and The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions.

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Kiersten Tough

Performer

Origins: Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia Raised: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Training/Education: Philippe Gaulier – Clown, Characters – Halifax Nova Scotia; Mike Kennard, John Turner(Mump and Smoot)-Clown, Toronto Karen Hines-Bouffon, Toronto Sue…
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Origins: Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia Raised: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Training/Education:
Philippe Gaulier – Clown, Characters – Halifax Nova Scotia;
Mike Kennard, John Turner(Mump and Smoot)-Clown, Toronto
Karen Hines-Bouffon, Toronto
Sue Morrison- Clown, Toronto
Ker Wells – Physical training – various sessions
Dalhousie Theatre Department – BA in Theatre/Acting

With Zuppa Theatre Co.: Performer/Co-creator: The Door in the Wall, Junk Zuppa, Between Wonder and Amusement Uncle Oscar Was Silent, Uncle Oscar’s Experiment, Radium City, The Zuppa Circus Open Theatre Kitchen

Other Performance Experience: The Spee Society (Lear’s Shadow), Stranger Theatre (The Diggers), Two Planks and a Passion (Halo),Mulgrave Road Theatre (It’s Raining Cats and Daughters, Three Storey Ocean View) Live Bait Theatre (Flying on Her Own, Guilty, Midsummer Night’s Dream, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Zastrozzi ) Live Bait Theatre/ Eastern Front Co-Production ( Flux)
Various film and television roles

Production/Administration/Teaching:

Armbrae Academy-Public Speaking grades 2-6 (2004 – 2007)

Mulgrave Road- Instructor “Roadies” 2 and 3 week summer workshops Guysborough, Canso 2001, 2002
Alive Theatre- Back stage crew “Being Frank”
Sensible Footwear- Stage Manager, Toronto, Women’s Theatre Festival
Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival – Co-coordinator/Instructor

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Jessica Barry

Education Associatie

Jessica is an actor, writer, director and teacher based in Halifax Nova Scotia. She is a founding member of Once Upon a Theatre Collective and with the company has created…
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Jessica is an actor, writer, director and teacher based in Halifax Nova Scotia. She is a founding member of Once Upon a Theatre Collective and with the company has created the original works Some Sunny Day, (Fringe Hit Award at the 2012 Atlantic Fringe Festival),11:11,andWaltz of the Fae. She has starred in Once Upon A Halifax premieres of On the Verge and According to Plan, and has produced, written, and acted for the company’s beloved ‘short play nights’ (Once Upon a Solstice, Once Upon A’pocalypse etc). Recently, Jessica has acted in The Villain’s Theatre’s Gallathea and originated the role of Raven in Andrea Dymond’s Fault Lines. Her work in 11:11 earned her a Best Supporting Actress award at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival, and she was nominated for a Robert Merritt award for her work in Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig (produced by Plutonium Playhouse).

Since 2010, Jessica’s major focus has been working with young theatre artists across the province and beyond. In July 2014 she directed Stabback Music Studio’s production of Peter Pan in Ottawa, as well as running musical theatre performance workshops and dramaturging new plays by young Ontario writers. Her work at Neptune Theatre mentoring young actors and assistant directing productions including 13! (The Musical), Avenue Q and Jane Eyre have been fantastic and enlightening experiences.

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