2b theatre company

2b theatre company

2b theatre company strives to stimulate the mind and to awaken the spirit by producing theatre that is vital, innovative and challenging. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2b theatre company creates, develops, and presents works for the regional, national and international stages. Artistic co-directors Christian Barry and Anthony Black share a commitment to create, develop, and produce new work that is distinguished by innovation in staging, polish in design, and virtuosity in performance. Now in its 16th season, 2b has toured productions to Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Germany, Ireland, New York, Nashville, and across Canada.

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Atlantic Flamenco Festival

Atlantic Flamenco Festival

 

The Atlantic Flamenco Festival is produced by Atlantic Flamenco Productions Society, a not-for-profit organization established in 2007 whose mandate is the dissemination of dane and the art of flamenco and Spanish culture in the Atlantic region (Canada). Over the last decade, wee have been able to make a significant impact on the cultural life of our province – providing cultural and educational artistic events, which add to the rich multicultural landscape of our city and surrounding areas ad bringing a test of Spain to the Maritimes.

The Festival saw its first edition in February 2007, moving on later on to the fall, amongst the artists we have invited to perform are Inmaculada Ortega, Joaquin Ruiz, Rafael Campallo, Joaquin Ruiz and David Romero. We also feature local artists and various free events.

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The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op

Bus Stop Theatre Co-op

The Bus Stop Theatre was founded in 2003 by Howard Beye, as a space for emerging artists and engaged audiences. Over the last decade it has been host to a rotating cast of production companies, artists, musicians and dancers. It is Halifax’s only black box performing arts rental venue, seeking to develop, operate, and maintain an affordable and professionally run venue, which fosters the creation and production of works by emerging and established performance artists. Registered formally as a not for profit in 2012, the BST is a Cooperative with an annual membership.

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Dance Nova Scotia

 

Dance Nova Scotia

Dance Nova Scotia is the umbrella service organization for all forms of dance in Nova Scotia. Founded in 1974 and incorporated in 1975, it is one of eight provincial cultural service organizations that comprise the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia, which are funded by the province. Dance Nova Scotia is a registered charitable organization governed by a Board of Directors elected from the community.

 

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Debut Atlantic

 

Debut Atlantic | Début Atlantique

Founded in 1979, Debut Atlantic is one of this country’s most dynamic classical music touring organizations. In fact, the ‘Debut Atlantic tour’ has evolved into a much coveted opportunity for Canada’s emerging classical musicians. The extensive list of artists waiting to be added to the touring roster and the calibre of our alumni is a testament to their success.

Debut Atlantic receives over 75 submissions each year from outstanding Canadian artists interested in touring the Atlantic Region as a Debut Atlantic artist. Through a lot of listening and much deliberation, the Artistic Selection Committee chooses five artists to make up the Debut Atlantic season. Each artist spends two weeks touring the region, bringing their talents to a variety of communities across Atlantic Canada. Debut Atlantic covers all touring costs (artist travel, accommodations and per diem) making it affordable for presenters to bring amazing live performances to their communities.

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Eastern Front Theatre

Eastern Front Theatre

Eastern Front Theatre explores and celebrates the human condition in relation to our geographic location on Canada’s East Coast.  Based in Halifax, we develop, support, produce and present plays, that are created by or about Atlantic Canadians.  Through our own productions, and the presentation of dynamic works from across Canada at SuperNova, our annual professional theatre festival, we stimulate and entertain our audience while supporting our best artists, whose work is thought provoking, moving, and accessible.

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Halifax Pride

Halifax Pride

The Halifax Pride Festival is a celebration which draws in more than 150000 participants and is one of Canada’s premier pride celebrations.

Beginning in 1988 with Halifax’s very first Pride March, members of the city’s gay and lesbian community organized Pride Week without the benefit of legal protections. Amidst growing unrest about rampant prejudice and discrimination, that first Pride March was primarily a protest over the lack of legal protection from discrimination, and the all-too-common threat of homophobic violence.

About 75 people marched through Halifax’s North End that first year. A handful wore paper bags over their heads, not out of shame, but out of the very real fear for their livelihoods and their safety. Since that time, the Halifax Pride Festival has grown into a celebration that includes numerous events that highlight the unique character of our diverse community, welcoming upwards of 120,000 participants every summer.

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Halifax Theatre for Young People

Halifax Theatre for Young People

Tessa Mendel and Chris Heide founded Halifax Theatre for Young People (HTYP) in 2008 to address the fact that there was no facility-based, professional theatre singularly devoted to young audiences operating within Metro Halifax.  Our mandate is to create meaningful, engaging theatre experiences for young people and their families. Striving for artistic excellence in all production areas, HTYP honours the imaginations of audiences of all ages and strives to ignite the unlimited capacity of youth for empathy and an understanding of diverse human experience.

HTYP’s ongoing activities include producing a Mainstage Production each fall at Alderney Landing Theatre, and organizing Next Stages Theatre Festival for Families in partnership with Eastern Front Theatre, offered as part of their Stages Theatre Festival, each spring.   A key component of the Festival is our new play development program which supports playwrights in creating relevant and stimulating new plays for young audiences. We alsoencourage critical thinking through our development of educational materials and workshops for school groups so that they may explore each play’s more complex and challenging themes.

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HomeFirst Theatre

HomeFirst Theatre

HomeFirst Theatre was founded by Artistic Director Mary Vingoe and playwright Colleen Wagner in 2010 to produce theatre of social and/or political importance with an emphasis on plays from Atlantic Canada.
 
Since its founding, HomeFirst has produced four world-premiere productions of plays by Atlantic Canadian playwrights: Colleen Wagner’s Home (2010), Mary Vingoe’s Refuge (2013), Wendy Lill’s Messenger (2015) and Mary Vingoe’s Some Blow Flutes (2018). It also gave the Atlantic Canadian premiere of Catherine Banks’ Governor General Award winning play It Is Solved by Walking (2014).
 
The company has amassed 15 Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Award nominations for its productions.
 
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KAZAN CO-OP

Kazan Co-op

Nova Scotia’s KAZAN CO-OP has produced award-winning theatre in Halifax, Ottawa, and Toronto. Founded in 2011, KAZAN has been nominated for 26 Robert Merritt Awards, winning five. Productions include Communion, I, Animal, His Greatness, and The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor, Alone by Sherry Lee Hunter, Heaven Above/Heaven Below by Linda Griffiths, Concerto Suite from Frida by Hilary Blecher and Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Going On by Liz Richardson, and The Weekend Healer by Bryden MacDonald. KAZAN’s upcoming show is The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno.

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