Kathryn MacLellan

Board of Directors

Kathryn is an actress/producer/figure skating coach and choreographer. She is the founder and Artistic Director of KAZAN CO-OP, an award-winning Halifax based theatre company. KAZAN works with professional actors, writers, directors, and designers while presenting contemporary work that speaks to the challenges of midlife.

For KAZAN CO-OP as actor/producer

The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno role of Jennifer Jones; The Weekend Healer by Bryden MacDonald, 2017 Merritt Nomination Supporting Actress and the role of Betine; Heaven Above/Heavan Below by Linda Griffiths role of Her; I-Animal by Daniel MacIvor, named Top Ten Summerworks Toronto 2013 role of Woman in Prada; Communion by Daniel MacIvor, Neptune Studio and the National Arts Centre Seasons role of Carolyn. As producerHis Greatness, The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor; Stacey and Liz – 2 Women. 2 True Stories, Merritt nomination as Choreographer; KAZAN presented Toronto drag artist Miss Conception July 2016 and 2017 at the former black box theatre The Waiting Room. KAZAN created this space for the local community in 2014.

Other memorable roles includeThe Crucible role Elizabeth Proctor, Two Planks and a Passion; A Beautiful View role M (also co-producer, Merritt Award Nomination Best Actress and Production), The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl role of Sylvia – LunaSea Theatre (Merritt Award Nomination); The Weekend Healer by Bryden MacDonald, role of Linda Lou, Neptune Theatre; Maggie and Pierre by Linda Griffiths, played both roles, Stephenville Festival.

Ms. MacLellan is a Haligonian. She has performed with The Stephenville Festival, Neptune Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Eastern Front Theatre, Theatre Direct (Toronto) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa) and The Nation Arts Centre (Ottawa).

Favourite Canada film roles include Past Perfect (ACTRA Nomination), Wilby Wonderful, A Stones Throw (ACTRA Nomination), Weirdos, and Hopeless Romantic. Ms. MacLellan received an ACTRA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Catherine in Hopeless Romantic – May 2019. She continues her work with figure skaters all year round.

 

 

Nancy Morgan

Nancy Morgan
Nancy Morgan

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Nancy Morgan has been working as an administrator in non-profit arts sector for 20 years. Currently the Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia, Nancy has worked as Managing Director of Strategic Arts Management, the General Manager at Eastern Front Theatre, and as Administrator at Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. She has been the Outreach Coordinator at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and the US Tour Coordinator for Off The Leash Creative. As an independent consultant Nancy has worked with 10 Nova Scotian organizations of various disciplines.

Nancy has experience in theatre general management including production budgeting, global budgeting, multi-year budgeting, financial reporting, audit preparation, bookkeeping, grant writing, CTA contracting, payroll, including T4 and T4A preparation, charitable tax returns, HST returns, sponsorship relations, fundraising, special event coordination, donor relations, volunteer relations, customer relations, and box office management. In outreach coordination, she has experience creating a communications plan, building contact lists, and community engagement and audience development initiatives. Nancy has extensive experience in organizing and running fundraising events including logistics, public relations and marketing. Nancy has also covered the immigration, tax and carnet requirements for a Nova Scotia theatre company tour to the United States.

Jacinte Armstrong

Board of Directors

Jacinte Armstrong is a Halifax-based dance artist who has worked with many collaborators locally and across Canada. Receiving her early training at Halifax Dance, she went on to study at Dalhousie University and at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL.

Jacinte is the past Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio, and a co-founder and Artistic Director of SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) dance. She performs regularly with Mocean Dance, SiNS, independently, and in her own work. Her choreography ranges from intimate and imagistic to large-scale collaboration with architects, visual artists, radio producers, filmmakers, and musicians. She has worked with many choreographers, including Cory Bowles, Sara Coffin, Susanne Chui, Veronique MacKenzie, Lisa Phinney Langley, Tedd Robinson, Serge Bennathan, Danièle Desnoyers, Denise Fujiwara, Sarah Chase and more. Since 2015, she has been part of the 8 DAYS project, an annual gathering of Canadian choreographers.

Jacinte is a 2016 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award recipient as a dancer with Mocean Dance in Canvas 5×5 choreographed by Tedd Robinson, as well as a 2014 Dora Award nominee for best ensemble performance. She is a two-time recipient of the Diane Moore Creation Scholarship awarded by Live Art Dance Productions, and a 2016 recipient of the Established Artist Recognition Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council. Jacinte is a certified teacher of Pilates and the Franklin Method, and is a member of CADA, the CDA, and the DTRC.

Visit Jacinte’s website.

 

Sam Bennett

Board of Directors | Vice-Chair

As a business consultant and project manager, Sam has worked with Nova Scotia public and private sector clients to plan and implement business improvements, organization changes and technology solutions.  While the arts has not (yet) been a focus of his consulting career, family life has more than compensated with daughters who are dancers, writers, painters, potters and musicians. Sam is fortunate and grateful to have an extended circle of friends in the local arts community and is keen to contribute whatever he can to help develop and sustain the arts in Nova Scotia.

Holly Arsenault

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With a focus on creativity, communication and collaboration, Holly Arsenault combines her background in performing arts and public relations to tell stories effectively and memorably.

Holly holds BFA in theatre acting from Memorial University where she received the Tommy Sexton Memorial Triple Threat Award, and holds an advanced diploma in public relations from NSCC.

She’s performed nationally and internationally including in the 2007 Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and with DRUM! Holly is co-founder and marketing manager of Change of Step Highland Dance Company and recently co-produced the company’s new theatre show, East Coast Celtic.

Holly works in communications marketing and publicity, and as a dancer, performance coach and theatre choreographer in Halifax, NS.

Visit Change of Step’s website.

Michael Sutherland, CPA, CA

Michael Sutherland
Michael Sutherland

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Mike has been in public practice for over thirty years. As part of his practice he works with a variety of artistic clients ranging from individual artists to not- for-profit and charitable organizations. Mike has provided these clients with assurance services ( audits, review engagements, compilation engagements ), taxation services and business advisory services. Mike is very interested in growing his business in the artistic community.

J D MacCulloch

J D MacCulloch

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J D MacCulloch is experienced in business and economic development, investment attraction, international marketing, and logistics and growth strategies. He has owned and managed marketing and communications, new media, and software product development companies based in Halifax and San Francisco.

With formal training in urban and regional economics, J D believes building strong, strategic partnerships is an essential first step on the road to success in any multifaceted venture. He has developed unique and successful strategies to help numerous organizations and businesses realize their growth and development objectives.

His focus to date has been on investment attraction, market development, building business networks, strategic marketing and sales communications, media and public relations, brand management, SME management, project management, and entrepreneurship.

Skana Gee

Skana Gee

Past Member of Board of Directors

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Skana Gee has worked in journalism and communications for the past 20 years.

For many years she was employed as a reporter and editor at The Daily News in Halifax, including six years in the newspaper’s arts and entertainment department.

When The Daily News folded in February 2008, she changed gears and began working as a communications consultant, specializing in writing, editing, research, publicity and media relations.

Much of her work since then has been in film and television, on productions including Canada’s Super Speller, A Drummer’s Dream, Cloudburst, Seed, Call Me Fitz, Haven, and, currently, This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Skana also has an array of clients in the non-profit, business, and government realm, and occasionally writes for publications including Halifax Magazine, Our Children, and Dal Magazine.

She lives in Dartmouth with her partner and two (mostly) wonderful kids. She loves running, reading, and a good vanilla latte.

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Martine Durier-Copp

Martine Durier-Copp

Martine Durier-Copp

Board of Directors | Chair

Originally from Montréal, Martine is a graduate of McGill University and Université de Montréal. She worked in the field of international development, for the Canadian and American Red Cross Societies, leading development and humanitarian relief projects for over ten years. She then joined the Canadian International Development Agency in Ottawa.

Following her move to Nova Scotia, Martine was Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Royal Commission on Health Care, then joined the Nova Scotia Department of Health. She was founding Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Provincial Health Council. Since 1991, as part of North South Group, Martine has managed international projects in South America, the Russian Federation, and the Baltic countries.

Martine has been Professor of Public Administration at Dalhousie University since 1996, where she has taught in the Master of Public Administration Programme. She has also been Director of three multi-million dollar Dalhousie Projects in Cuba, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

Since 2009, Martine has been the Director for the Centre for Advanced Management Education in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University, where she continues to teach and conduct research.

Martine has long been a supporter and practitioner of the arts. She has a Master of Musicology degree, and has been a dancer and choreographer of flamenco dance for 15 years. She trains regularly and intensively every year in Spain under flamenco masters, and performs with her Halifax-based group, Flamenco en Rouge.

She is married to David Copp, and they have two sons, William and Sebastian.

Sobaz Benjamin

Sobaz Benjamin

Past Member of Board of Directors

Sobaz Benjamin is an independent documentary film writer, director, producer, and picture editor. For over 18 years, Sobaz has used video and audio production as tools of identity and community development in diverse educational and community settings. Sobaz is the founder, Executive Director, and past Program Director of In My Own Voice (iMOVe), an innovative arts-based youth engagement, empowerment, and reintegration program run in partnership with the Community Justice Society and funded by the Federal Justice Department. Sobaz is also Vice President of Sankofa Films and Program Director of Bridge Centre for Arts and Technology.

His work has been screened across Canada and in venues and Festivals in New Zealand, Bermuda, and New York. He has completed documentaries for the National Film Board (NFB) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Sobaz has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production from York University in Toronto. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he lives with his wife and two children. He was born in London, England.