Special Announcement June 2021

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June 16, 2021

Kjipuktuk/Halifax, NS – It is with bittersweet sentiment that Strategic Arts Management announces the departure of Dr. Cat MacKeigan, our Director of External Operations since 2014.

Cat (they/them) is moving on from SAM to assume the role of Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia. The remaining staff and board members could not be more thrilled for Cat and their exciting new position. While a loss for our own organization, it is certainly a win for theatre in the province! Read the Theatre NS announcement here.

Those who came to know Cat during their time with SAM know them to be a passionate, knowledgeable, and highly capable administrator and leader. There is no doubt they will bring that same passion and commitment to their work at TNS and help the organization and sector navigate the return of live performing arts following COVID-19 shutdowns. TNS could not be in better hands!

“I speak for all of us when I say how grateful we are for the incredible dedication, tenacity, professionalism and vision Cat has brought to SAM over the years. Personally, I have never known SAM without Cat, and I know how much colleagues, Bruce, Erin, and Karen will miss them – as will we all. We are so delighted for Cat and excited to see how they will grow and transform Theatre Nova Scotia over the years to come!” says SAM Board Chair, Martine Durier-Copp.

Cat will be transitioning out of their role at SAM over the coming weeks, with full-departure planned for mid-July 2021. The SAM Board will meet and determine next steps for staffing in the coming weeks.

“As I depart from my role of Director – External Relations from SAM, I think about the achievements we have had over my six years with the organization. During this time, I’ve contributed to the development of the non-profit, the people involved, and Nova Scotia’s arts sector – precisely as the SAM mandate directs – and I am grateful for these opportunities. SAM’s multidisciplinary provincial scope and business model are unique to the organization and have been wonderful to work within. I know firsthand SAM is a valuable resource for our professional arts community, and the people in it are doing important work. I have enjoyed getting to know these folks and consider them not only colleagues but friends. Though I will miss my time at SAM, I will be just down the hall in my new role as the Executive Director at Theatre Nova Scotia. I am confident there are great things to come for our arts sector, and SAM will continue to be a vital support in those activities.”

We are so proud of Cat and look forward to the great things they will accomplish in their new role with TNS. Please join us in congratulating them on this exciting appointment!

Board Fundraising Webinar

From reluctant fundraiser to fundraising superhero: how to feel good fundraising 

In small organizations, it’s normal for the people to be reluctant about fundraising. They don’t like it. It doesn’t feel good. It’s not what they signed up for.

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Board Fundraising Webinar

Thursday September 24th, 2020

6:30pm to 8:30pm ADT on Zoom


Mary Vingoe

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Mary Vingoe is a well-known figure in Canadian Theatre. A director, Artistic Director, Festival Director, playwright, teacher and actor who has worked across the country, Vingoe is celebrated for co-founding four major theatre companies in Canada. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is a co-founder and past Artistic Director of Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre, a co-founder and past co-Artistic Director of Ship’s Co. Theatre in Parrsboro, NS and a co-founder and past Artistic Director of The Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax.

Vingoe has directed at theatres across the country including the National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Neptune Theatre. She is also a noted Canadian playwright. Her play Refuge premiered in Halifax at Eastern Front Theatre in 2013 has received productions across the country. Refuge, published by Scirocco Press, was a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award and was short listed for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Drama. Her new play Some Blow Flutes premiered at the Busstop theatre in October 2018 and was nominated for best new play at the 2019 Merritt Awards.

Mary Vingoe is the recipient of the Portia White Award for artistic excellence and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011 for her contribution to Canadian theatre.

Janice Fuller

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Janice Fuller is an organized, friendly, and effective writer, editor, and communications professional. Throughout her career in academics, non-profit, and freelance, she’s always been drawn to work that allows her to create, simplify, and perfect things.

After receiving a master’s degree in Sociology, she worked for several years as a qualitative social researcher, which allowed her to flex her project management muscles, conduct countless focus groups and interviews, and compose multiple research articles and reports.

She realized in doing this work how much she loves writing, editing, and formatting documents to perfection. This led her to pursue communications, and for over six years she worked for Symphony Nova Scotia, developing her aptitude for marketing, design, and general arts administration.

Regardless of the specific task, Janice takes on new challenges with passion and determination, and she would love to use the skills she’s honed over the years to help you achieve your communications goals.