Colleen MacIsaac (they/them)

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Colleen is a multi-disciplinary freelance artist based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Former Managing Director of 2b theatre company and Chair of the Board of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op, Colleen is the current Artistic Producer of the Villains Theatre. Winner of the Bhayana Invisible Champion Award and the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Emerging Theatre Artist, Colleen’s work in comics has been nominated for national awards, their short animated films have featured in festivals on four continents, and they have worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for over a decade. A graduate of Emily Carr University, Colleen’s training in theatre has largely been acquired through trying things, making mistakes, and attempting to learn from those mistakes. 

Jess Smith

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Jess Smith is a non-binary person (identifying as genderqueer), they work as a legal coordinator in a large media company’s corporate office. They also assist small businesses, non-profits, and entertainers as a content creator to help their clients’ present their best selves online. In 2018, they began doing drag as Pat McCox, whose charming personality and slick style has won the titles of Mr. Fall Fest, Mx. Queer Halifax and 2019 Performance of the Year. They have previously set on the boards of both Halifax Pride and Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project. Jess currently sits on the board of Fierté Canada Pride as Atlantic Regional Director and acted as lead of the Governance Committee while the organization underwent a governance and policy restructure.

You can find them on social media platforms as @JessHFX.

Lorraine Albert

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Lorraine Albert is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, designer and freelancer whose work is rooted in conceptual ideation & problem-solving, specializing in brainstorming, branding and corporate identities. She is an attentive listener who has a knack for “pulling threads,” linking ideas, and making connections. Lorraine has a diploma in Graphic Design from Dawson College, a Bachelor of Fine Art from Concordia University and a Masters of Fine Art from NSCAD University. She has worked as a designer in Brisbane, AUS, as well as Vancouver, Montréal, and Halifax. 

Lorraine has been a panelist at the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) conference in Halifax and presented a paper on alternative art pedagogies at the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC) conference in Banff, AB. She has co-facilitated a round-table addressing Land & Treaties at UAAC in Waterloo, ON. Lorraine has been a scholar at the Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax), and most recently participated in the Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art Summer Session on Indigenous Architecture in Winnipeg, MB. Her work has appeared in festivals, venues, galleries, and at various sites in Canada and Australia, including “Steps Forward,” a permanent public art installation on the Skyline Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. 

With a unique perspective in art and design, Lorraine has established herself in Halifax as a freelance Media Manager & Designer, working with local businesses and universities. She is currently a Social Media Coordinator & Design Researcher at Fathom Studio in Dartmouth, NS. 


Krista Keough

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Krista Keough is a multi-talented, multi-faceted contributor to the creative industries. As a marketing and communications professional, she collaborates with artists, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and for-profit organizations to deliver compelling content that connects with their audiences. Over the past decade of her professional career, she has worked as an artist manager and publicist, on film and television productions, and as an advertising executive, fundraiser, writer, and teacher.

A longtime member of the music industry, Krista spent five years at the venerable artist management company Jones & Co. working with their core roster of east coast talent. The skills she honed transferred well to independent contracts for artist and business development, strategic planning, grant writing, and marketing projects. Krista is the past artist manager of best-selling pop star Ria Mae and multiple ECMA award-winners In-Flight Safety, and she was the festival manager for the 2018 Halifax Jazz Festival.

Krista has worked in and out of the film industry for as long as she’s been involved with music, primarily with casting agent Erin Hennessey. As a faculty member at NSCC Ivany campus for six years, Krista taught multiple courses in the School of IT & Creative Industries and the School of Business.