2016 Cast & Crew

Ship's Company's 2016 Cast & Crew

Kristin Slaney
Playwright: After Eepersip Disappeared

Kristin is a playwright from Halifax, Nova Scotia, currently residing in New York. She recently graduated from Columbia University with her MFA in playwriting. Kristin's plays have been produced and developed in New York and Canada at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, The Flea Theatre, The Tank, Columbia University, Dalhousie University's Fountain School of the Arts, the University of Alberta, Ship's Company Theatre, Halifax Theatre for Young People, Eastern Front Theatre, and Doppler Effect Productions. Kristin is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood young playwrights group, and she has held writing residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Playwright's Atlantic Resource Centre, and the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. Her play Un-Utero was a semifinalist for the Eugene O'Neill Center's 2016 National Playwrights Conference and a finalist for Roundabout Theatre Company's Columbia/Roundabout Play Reading Series. Kristin was also the winner of the 2014 Ruth Goldbloom Award from the Charles and Mary MacLennan Foundation, and she was the 2013 2b Emerging Artist-in-Residence.

Natasha MacLellan
Director: After Eepersip Disappeared

Natasha MacLellan hails from SW Margaree, Cape Breton. At Ship's Company, she performed in MacGregor's Ice Cream & Gas and Out The Meadow. Directing credits The Ship include Making Contact, Our Eliza, Habit of Murder and The Romeo Initiative. She is honored to have been twice named the protégée of respected theatre artists: Jenny Munday, recipient of the inaugural Mallory Gilbert award and Mary Vingoe, recipient of the Portia White Prize. In 210, Natasha received the Mayor's Award for Emerging Artist. She is a co-founder of Forerunner Playwright's Theatre, a member of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, and Secretary of the board of Theatre Nova Scotia, and chairs PACT's Professional Development Committee.

Kathryn McCormack
Barbara: After Eepersip Disappeared

Kat is thrilled to be making her Ship's Company debut in beautiful Parrsboro. Originally from Dartmouth, Kat trained with the Dalhousie Acting Programme. Recently, Kat has performed in four international tours to the US, China and Ireland with Mermaid Theatre of NS, spent four summers in Point Pleasant Park with Shakespeare by the Sea, and performed with many other theatre companies including Zuppa Theatre, Forerunner, Angels & Heroes, Misery Loves, Lion's Den, Beat 39 and trrrash. On the small and big screen, you can see Kat in There Are Monsters, the Lizzie Borden Chronicles and Call Me Fitz. Kat has, on occasion, been named "Best Theatre Actor (Female)" in the Coast's Best of Halifax issue. She was twice nominated for a Merritt Award (Best Supporting Actress) for her roles in Cinderelly and Alice in Wonderland. Next up, you can see Kathryn in Speed Dating for Sperm Donors at Neptune Theatre. "For mom."

Gillian Clarke
Alice: After Eepersip Disappeared, Co-Artistic Director of Keep Good (Theatre) Company

Gillian's work has been shown on three continents, however Gillian's most recent piece, Let's Try This Standing, premiered in her hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia in January 2016 to sold out houses. Most recent acting credits include: Gillian in Let's Try This Standing, Dylan in her solo show Understudy (audience choice awards at QueerActs Theatre Festival, Uno Festival), Puss in Greg MacArthur's Girls! Girls! Girls!, and Evergreen in Michael McPhee's Heroic. She is currently the emerging artist-in-residence with 2b theatre company and is part of Tarragon's 2016/2017 play-wright's unit. Gillian's newest project, Now We Are, is in collaboration with Outside The March (Toronto), and is inspired by J.M. Barrie's, Peter Pan, A.A. Milne's Now We Are Six, and YouTube tattoo tutorials.
Zach Faye
Tom, Nickerson and Sailor: After Eepersip Disappeared; Iron Hague and Various: Chasing Champions
Zach is a theatre-maker and all purpose artist based in Halifax. Two years ago Zach was at the Ship performing in By the Dark of the Moon, and he is very pleased to have returned to Parrsboro. He would like to send all his love to Meghan and their son Oliver.

Mary-Colin Chisholm
Helen, Woman 1 and 2: After Eepersip Disappeared

Mary-Colin feels very lucky that the tides have brought her back for Kirsten Slaney's beautiful new play. Last year she enjoyed salty Sister Salter, nun detective in Joanne Miller's Habit of Murder. Two years ago she co-wrote and directed (with partner Christian Murray) By the Dark of the Moon. Other ship credits include Young Triffie's Been Made Away With, Glace Bay Miners' Museum and The Summer of the Handley Page. She has worked with companies including Neptune Theatre, Mulgrave Road, Live Bait and LunaSea Theatre. TV work includes Pit Pony, Made in Canada, Black Harbour, Haven and Thom Fitzgerald's Forgive Me. Last year she won Best Actress from Actra Maritimes and the Atlantic Film Festival for Cast No Shadow, which played at the Parrsboro Film Festival last fall.

Rylee Mclean
Young Barbara: After Eepersip Disappeared

Rylee was born on Sept. 8, 2005. She attends Parrsboro Regional Elementary School, where is she in grade 5. Rylee enjoyed being outside and going on nature walks, picking flowers and playing with her friends. She also enjoys listening to music, dancing and watching TV. Her favourite singing artists are Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes. Her favourite shows are H2O, Victorious and Leave it to Bryan. Ry thinks she may want to become a singer when she grows up, but is still thinking about it.

Ingrid Risk
Stage Manager

Ingrid is thrilled to be back in Parrsboro for yet another Season at The Ship. Based in Antigonish, Ingrid splits her time as a Lighting Designer and Stage Manager. She has spent many years touring across Canada and has received two Merritt Awards for her work. Recent Stage Management credits include: The Drowning Girls (DMV/Neptune Theatre), Watching Glory Die (Mulgrave Road Theatre- NB Tour), Messenger (Eastern Front Theatre), 3 seasons at Ship's Company Theatre, RED (Neptune Theatre), His Greatness (KAZAN Co-Op). Recent Lighting Design credits include: The Weekend Healer (KAZAN Co-Op), The Best Brothers (KAZAN Co-Op), Watching Glory Die (Mulgrave Road Theatre).

Alison Crosby
Assistant Stage Manager

Alison is thrilled to be spending her second summer at Ship's Company Theatre with this fantastic season! A recent Mount Allison University graduate in Drama Studies, Alison is an aspiring stage manager, credits including an independent study with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Salt Water Moon at the Atlantic Fringe Festival, and various ASM credits. She is an aspiring director, having just finished another independent study with Hannah Moscovitch's Little One. She was also the emerging playwright for the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre's 2016 Colony with her play Carry On As If You Were Normal. She's also an aspiring lighting designer, having designed for over thirty productions. Alison was recently the technical director for Garnet and Gold's production of Tarzan and Live Bait Theatre's staged reading For the Love of Gracie Gray. Alison is pretty confused about her aspirations, as this bio may reflect.

Kevin Perdue
Head Carpenter

Kevin has been working in theatre for 35 years starting in the Cobourg summer festival which produced new works. He came to New Brunswick to work at Theatre New Brunswick in 1989 as designer, fabricator and touring Carpenter of sets and props. He loves to work on new projects and with new theatre professionals alike. The Ship's Company theatre feels like a summer home to him and a warm hug.

Vekisha Drummond
Assistant Carpenter

I am a recent graduate of the technical theatre and stage design program at Dalhousie University in 2015. As well as, for the last two years I was the shop assistant for the Dalhousie carpenter shop and was mentored by the scenic head carpenter Torin Buzek. Coming out of the theatre program I have gained a love for theatre and the magic it creates. I am thankful to be back at Ship's Company for another year. And, looking forward to bring my skills and love for theatre to each and every play.

Justin Dakai
Production Manager, Technical Directorr

For over 12 years Justin has been working in theatre in Nova Scotia. Starting out as an audio technician at Halifax's Neptune Theatre, Justin was soon working at various local venues for many independent companies. Justin eventually branched out into production management which has taken him to productions throughout Atlantic Canada. Justin is thrilled ot be returning to The Ship for a fifth season of fun!

Trent Logan
Sound & Light Technician

Trent is a Mount Allison University Graduate. Born and raised in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, he has always had a passion for live performance. While attending Mount Allison University, Trent performed the roles of general technician at the Motyer-Fancy Theatre and production manager of Garnet and Gold Musical Theatre Society. For the past eight summer seasons he has been a technician, stage manager, production manager, and technical director of the Kennebecasis Valley Players. He is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work with Ship's Company this summer.

Vicky Williams
Lighting Design: After Eepersip Disappeared

Vicky is a lighting designer and technician currently living and working in the Maritimes. Her work has taken her through various theatres, festival stages and arenas around the world. She is excited to be working at Ship's Company with such a wonderful team; and wishes to send out thanks and love to friends for their un-ending support.

Joe Micallef
Sound Design

Joe is excited to be back working on The Ship. Joe lives in Halifax where he runs the Neptune Theatre's sound department. His training in theatre and sound include The Banff Centre and Sheridan College. Joe has done sound design for: The Romeo Initiative, Habit of Murder, Diligent River Daughter, Our Eliza (Ship's Company Theatre); A Christmas Story (Neptune); Eighteen (Neptune/Eastern Front); Dracula, Fashion 47 (Neptune YAC); Litmus Road (Us Vs Them). He's also done electronic music design for Shrek, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, Elf (Neptune). Other: Chappyshat (2013-15)

Garrett Barker
Set Designer: Chasing Champions/After Eepersip Disappeared

Garrett received his B.A. in Scenography at Dalhousie. He has spent the majority of his career working for Neptune Theatre, and has received two Robert Merritt awards. Garrett is very excited to be returning to the Ship's Company Theatre for the fourth season, and second year as a set designer. Many thanks to Carri, who is always supportive, and to his parents who unwittingly raised him in the theatre. Some of his credits include: Cradle and All, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Spring Awakening, Urinetown, Eighteen, Bingo! (Neptune); CU2Morrow, Touch, Heartwood, Alien (Doppler Effect); Habbit of Murder, Romeo Initiative (Ship's Company).

Andrea Ritchie
Costume Designer: After Eepersip Disappeared

Andrea is a Nova Scotian theatre artist. A member of the Irondale Ensemble Project since 1992, she has created the costumes for all of the ensemble's more than 30 original theatre and dance works. For many of these pieces, she has also designed the set and production. These works run the gamut in terms of style, time and place. Andrea relishes creating in this artistic home. She has also designed for One Light Theatre, Forerunner Playwright's Co-op, Irondale Productions NYC, Fixt Point Theatre, San Family Productions and Ship's Company Theatre. This is her fourth season working at Ship's Company Theatre.
Most recently, she designed costumes for Leaves of the Virgin Mary with Forerunner Playwright's Co-op. Andrew is also a collaborator and producer in theatre, a facilitator of community based projects, and since 2006, the Co-ordinator of PAINTS, a NS wide artist-in-schools program of Visual Arts Nova Scotia.

Jacob Sampson
Playwright: Sam Langford, Jack Johnson: Chasing Champions

Jacob grew up in the Annapolis Valley and is a Graduate of the Acadia University Theatre Studie program. He has ahd four seasons with Shakespeare by the Sea, playing such roles as Oberon/Theseus in A mild Summer's Night's Dream, Borrachio in Much Ado About Nothing and Aaron in Tatus Andronicus. He has also played Reverend Richard Preston in San family Production's Settling Africville. He was an artist in residence at Nova Scotia's Maritime Museum in February 2013 and he has most recently developed an elementary drama program, which he now teaches full time at Bedford Academy Private School. Jacob began working on Chasing Champions three year agos and is very excited and grateful for the show being part of Ship's Company's 15/16 season!

Ron Jenkins
Director: Chasing Champions

Ron Jenkins is an Edmonton based director and playwright. Ron hails from Sydney, NS and is thrilled to be back at The Ship. Some of Ron's work credits include: Turn of the Screw (Vertigo), Romeo and Juliet (TSC), Playing With Fire (Citadel/PTE), The Great Gatsby (STC), Dilligent River Daughter (Ship's Theatre Co.), 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company), Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary/Citadel), and Chicago (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). Ron has won ten Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and two Betty Mitchell Awards for Direction for The Black Rider and Playing With Fire. Last year he was honored with a CCA award in Ottawa for his direction of ENRON. Ron is also the winner of the 2004 Syncrude Award for Artistic Innovation and a Critter Award Winner for Playing With Fire. Ron was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2010 Siminovitch Prize in theatre for Direction.

Micha Cromwell
Various: Chasing Champions

Micha is a recent Dalhousie graduate. She is a local actress who has recently been involved in productions such as The Mother Club, A Child Like me, The West Woods and the TV series Mr. D (CBC). She is honored to be part of Chasing Champions and is grateful for the opportunity to work with so many talented individuals. She would like to thank her parents, Larry and Lolita Cromwell, for all of their support and love.

Marty Burt
Various: Chasing Champions

Marty is an Actor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Recent credits include playing Joe Gargery in Neptune Theatre's "Great Expectations", Caliban in Two Planks and a Passion's "The Temptest" and The Baker in Neptune Theatre's "Into the Woods". Originally from Nfld Marty has also worked with Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, and directed and acted in The Stephenville theatre Festival. He has appeared in Theatre New Brunswick's production of "Frankenstein" and in Toronto with Clearwater Theatres Tarragon next space production of "Next to Normal". In Nova Scotia, he has worked with Neptune Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Mermaid Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Mulgrave Rd, Chester Playhouse, One Light, Two Planks and a Passion, and has enjoyed calling Nova Scotia his home for over 20 years.

Leigh Ann Vardy
Lighting Design: Chasing Champions

Based in Halifax, Leigh Ann designs lights for theatre and dance across Canada. Recent favorite projects include As You Like It and The Diary of Anne Frank (Stratford), The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud), Metamorphoses, The Importance of Being Earnest (National Arts Centre), The God That Comes (2b theatre). Leigh Ann is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. She is the recipient of six Merritt awards for design, and was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. When not designing, she teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Cathleen McCormack
Costume Designer: Chasing Champions

Cathleen's work includes but is not limited to; FallOUt (EFT), The Romeo Initiative (Ship's Company Theatre), The Merchant of Venice, Cinderelly, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Titus Andronicus (all SBTS), The Mother Club (One Light Theatre). Her background includes a BFA from Concordia University and a Diploma in Costume Studies from Dalhousie University. Cathleen is thrilled to be returning to Ship's Company Theatre for a second season and is grateful to be given the opportunity to be part of telling this story with such talented artists.

Corwin Ferguson
Video Designer: Chasing Champions

Corwin, based in Vancouver has designed theatrical video and projections across Canada for many companies over the years, garnering multiple award nominations. He has studied animation, instructs at The Arts Umbrella, is a co-founder and artistic associate of Awkward Stage Productions, and works as a storyteller with Forbidden Vancouver Historic Walking Tours. Corwin is a Studio 58 acting graduate and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from Capilano University. Select recent credits include: Enemy of the People, The Wizard of Oz, The Great Gatsby, 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company), You Will Remember Me (Ruby Slippers), Playing With Fire (Persephone Theatre), Buyer and Cellar (Alberta Theatre Projects), Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival). For all things Corwin, visit www.corwinferguson.com