Ship’s Company Theatre is a professional theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, whose mission is to be a prime centre for the production and development of Canadian and Atlantic Theatre.

During the summer months, the Ship has live theatre performances every evening except Mondays when there are live music performances.

Each year, the theatre puts on over 75 performances, 8 concerts, 3 drama camps and countless other activities for youth and adults.


Ship’s Company Theatre Announces New Artistic Producer

Jack Paterson will begin new adventure at the Ship in December 2018.

(Parrsboro) The Ship’s Company Theatre is thrilled to announce Jack Paterson as the company’s new Artistic Producer. An acclaimed director, producer, theatre maker, dramaturge and translator, Jack has pursued a variety of experiences across Canada and internationally, exploring theatre production and partnerships in both bustling centers and smaller, more remote locations.

“All communities, regardless of size or location, deserve an inclusive theatre with the same dedication and passion for innovation and excellence as major national festivals,” said Paterson. “Creativity and imagination are everywhere, and it is our job to shine a light on these voices.” 

Having spent considerable time in Vancouver, Paterson has worked on critically acclaimed shows both large and small, including award nominated and winning New Works, Classical and Theatre for Young People. Jack has received nominations and awards on several occasions, including receiving the “John Moffat and Larry Lillo Award for Outstanding West Coast Artist” this past season.

“The Board of the Ship is eager to have Jack join us in Parrsboro as we start a new chapter in the Theatre’s journey and look forward to our 35thseason,” said Mary McPhee, Chair of the Ship’s Company Theatre Board of Directors. “Jack’s passion for bringing people together in harmony to explore their stories is a great fit for the company, and we can’t wait for our community to experience the magic that will grow with Jack’s leadership.”

Jack’s experiences vary from founding theatre initiatives such as Vancouver’s Mad Duck Theatre Collective, and more recently BoucheWHACKED!, as well as residencies across the country with companies such as The Shaw Festival and Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Jack strives for excellence and continuous learning, having achieved an MFA in Direction from Joan Littlewood’s East 15 Acting School through the University of Essex, and studying across Europe, Russia, Indonesia and Canada. Over the past few years, Jack has worked primarily throughout the UK and Canada, honing production and creative skills at companies such as Theatre Northwest (Prince George, BC), Theatre503 (London, UK), and collaborating with artists from across Canada, Europe and the UK.

Michael Fuller, co-founder of Ship’s Company Theatre shared his excitement for this announcement: “The tide is changing, coming back in and with it a new energy, a rebirth, a new opportunity and a fresh vision. It’s a very exciting time for the Ship and for the community. What magic will be revealed on the stage in the coming years? I’m excited and wish Jack warm welcome to the helm of the Ship’s Co. and the town of Parrsboro. I look forward to meeting him.”

Jack will begin working from Parrsboro in December, developing the 2019 season and learning the ropes at the Ship. “I am thrilled to take the helm of a company with such rich history of bringing the Atlantic voice to the nation,” said Paterson. “I look forward to collaborating with the artists, organizations and communities of these new waters.”

The Ship’s Company Theatre Board of Directors will host a Welcome Reception for Jack at the Fundy Geological Museum on Wednesday 19 December 2018 from 12-2pm.  All are welcome to join in welcoming Jack and celebrating the next step in the rich history of Ship’s Company Theatre.

The Ship is a registered charity.

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Ship’s Company is located in the heart of Parrsboro at 18 Lower Main St.

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Employment Opportunity MARKETING MANAGER

The Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia is seeking a dynamic individual to join our small team as Marketing Manager. Ship’s Company Theatre has been developing and producing new Canadian work for over 30 years offering a season that runs from May through September. With an annual operating budget of close to $400,000, Ship’s Company Theatre has produced two Main Stage shows annually, various presenting activities including a Concert Series, Second Stage, Kid’s Stage, and Reading Series, as well as hosting drama and music camps.

Reporting to the Artistic Producer, the Marketing Manager leads the Theatre’s marketing, communications and sponsorship initiatives while overseeing Front of House, media and publicity. As part of the management team, the Marketing Manager strives to deliver a balance between marketing expertise and engaging sponsors, patrons and volunteers to ensure community investment, revenue growth, excellent patron services and promotion of the Theatre.

Experience and skills are required in marketing, publicity, and fundraising, as well as effective communication skills, and experience working with volunteers.  Experience working with theatre would be considered an asset.

Key Responsibilities

  • Champions the Theatre’s marketing and promotion initiatives.
  • Builds positive relationships with local businesses, members, volunteers, and sponsors.
  • Oversees media and publicity, Front of House, sponsorship and fundraising activities.
  • Contributes to achieving a safe, fair, encouraging and dynamic workplace.
  • Seeks opportunities to reach new sponsors, increase membership and engage volunteers.
  • Manages the Theatre’s brand, social media and online presence, ensuring consistent messaging.

Compensation for this position will be dependent on experience. This position is a year-round position including full-time hours May – October and part-time hours with considerable flexibility November – April.

Ships Company Theatre welcomes applications from qualified individuals of all cultural backgrounds, genders, sexual orientation, and abilities.

Interested individuals should forward a resume and cover letter by email to with the subject line: Marketing Manager.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, December 6, 2018 by 4:00pm AST.