Cat MacKeigan, PhD

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Cat MacKeigan is active behind the scenes in the arts and cultural sector and the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Nova Scotia. With over 15 years of experience working within and reporting on cultural policy, government-cultural relations, and innovations in economic development through the arts, Cat brings a novel perspective and queer voice to conversations around arts management, public policy, and institutional relations. Their cultural research and management practice bridges the gap between artistic practice and public policy interest. 

Cat regularly leads and collaborates on various research projects under the umbrellas of cultural, economic, and community development. These projects include strategic planning, program evaluation, governance reorganization, grants preparation, human resources management, communication plans, organizational review, change management, and economic impact analysis. Cat also works as an arts manager, teaches courses in technical theatre, cultural policy, and government policy towards business, and keeps active in their artistic practice through production management, technical theatre, live-streaming, and producing within the performing arts. Their practical experience in the arts is directly linked to their drive for capacity building in the cultural sector and across the Queer community through values-sharing, mutual understanding, and a shared experience base with other individuals.

Cat has multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Theatre (Bishop’s University, 2005), a Master of Public Administration (Dalhousie University, 2008), and an Interdisciplinary PhD with a focus on cultural policy (Dalhousie University, 2020). They have presented their research at regional, national, and international conferences. Select notable conference invitations include the BIA Conference in Campus Künzelsau, Germany (2019), the Creative City Conference in Halifax, NS (2017), TILT City in Vancouver, BC (2015), and Metropolis (2011) in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.

In their interdisciplinary doctoral study at Dalhousie University, Cat opened the field of public administration to investigate the institutional and organizational structures of arts support provided by the Nova Scotia Government and associated cross-sector relationships. They introduced a critical analysis of public policy administration and the consequences of this organization for how professional artists know and do their work. Through this institutional ethnographic research, Cat uncovered and examined policy consequences that contribute to an administrative skills deficit within the professional arts sector, high levels of burnout across arts administrators, and challenges experienced by artists, cultural organizations, and governing agencies when reporting on policy outcomes. Cat also identified policy and programming recommendations to effectively address these challenges that meet both the sector and the department’s interest.

Erin Taylor

Erin Taylor

Administration & Communications Coordinator

Erin Taylor is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of Performing Arts (’17) where she obtained a BA with Combined Honours in Theatre Studies & Music, with a minor in Management. She is delighted to be synergizing those areas of study as the Administration & Communications Coordinator for SAM.

In addition to looking after the SAM office, she provides administrative assistance to SAM client, the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation.When not at SAM, Erin works for Theatre Nova Scotia as their Communications Coordinator. 

Her volunteer time is spent as “technician-in-training” and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre & Cultural Centre in her hometown.

Bruce Klinger

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Bruce Klinger has been working in Atlantic Canada’s arts community for over 30 years.

During his 10-year tenure as the General Manager of Neptune Theatre, Bruce saw the organization through the building of the new $13.5 million facility from the first planning stages through to completion.

In 1998, Bruce opened his own business as an arts management consultant, through which he has assisted organizations with the creation of business and strategic plans, and governance policies. Bruce has also served as a management and capital project consultant, and assisted in the creation and development of Theatre Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Theatre Sector Strategy.

In 2009, Bruce started Valley Summer Theatre, a professional theatre company based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia that produces classic works of theatre.

Bruce was one of the three founding consultants of Strategic Arts Management.

He was honoured with the 2016 Theatre Nova Scotia Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to professional theatre in Nova Scotia.

Karen Waterfield

Karen Waterfield

Karen Waterfield

Bookkeeper

Karen Waterfield is a Halifax native and has been an active Community Theatre member at Bedford Players since 2005. She is Past President at Bedford Players, where she has also served as Treasurer and on production teams. Karen wrote and directed The Fork on the Left for the 2014-15 season, and is reviving it in 2016 for the Liverpool International Theatre Festival.

Karen comes to Strategic Arts Management with 30 years of experience at Bell Aliant in finance, business analysis, IT project management, and more. Karen is pleased to bring her skills, experience, and love of the arts to the bookkeeping role at Strategic Arts Management.

Kayleigh Sheehan

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As a SAM Consultant, Kayleigh has worked with the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and Visual Arts Nova Scotia. She has also worked with 2b theatre company (Associate Producer), Zuppa Theatre Co. (Associate Administrator), the Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival (Administrator), and the Atlantic Film Festival (Box Office and Theatre Manager).

Kayleigh is a volunteer with Halifax Public Libraries and the Fusion Halifax Arts and Culture Action Team, and was a juror for the 2016 Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards.