Support the Ship!

Support the Ship!

Your participation plays an important role in the work at The Ship’s Company Theatre.

In fact, donations and membership make up the difference between ticket sales and our total operating costs. Membership, fundraising and donations make up approximately 30% of the funds necessary to bring the work of the professional artists and arts workers here to Parrsboro.

The Ship’s Company Theatre is committed to the Parrsboro, Cumberland and Nova Scotia communities.  With your support, we encourage and develop Atlantic artists in creating their art and developing their skills.  We bring programming for youth and schools in areas that would otherwise have none.  And we provide affordable, accessable entertaining for everyone to experience the live performing arts of theatre, music and dance.

To ensure The Ship’s company Theatre is able to continue providing the high-quality professional theatre it is known for, we invite you to lead your support to our 2019 Fundraising Campaign.

Any donation over $25 will be gratefully acknowledged in our play programs unless you would prefer to remain anonymous. You are also welcome to donate in the name of a loved one.

The Ship is a registered charity and you will receive a charitable tax receipt for all donations over $10.00.

It is you who make the work at your theatre possible!

Membership & Donations can be made easily:

  • By phone at 902-254-2003
  • By post to PO. Box 275, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0M 1S0
  • Online by clicking the links below


Canada is a secure website for credit card donations.

Employment Opportunity: MARKETING MANAGER

Employment Opportunity: MARKETING MANAGER

The Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia is seeking a dynamic individual to join our small team as Marketing Manager. Ship’s Company Theatre has been developing and producing new Canadian work for over 30 years offering a season that runs from May through September. With an annual operating budget of close to $400,000, Ship’s Company Theatre has produced two Main Stage shows annually, various presenting activities including a Concert Series, Second Stage, Kid’s Stage, and Reading Series, as well as hosting drama and music camps. Reporting to the Artistic Producer, the Marketing Manager leads the Theatre’s marketing, communications and sponsorship initiatives while overseeing Front of House, media and publicity. As part of the management team, the Marketing Manager strives to deliver a balance between marketing expertise and engaging sponsors, patrons and volunteers to ensure community investment, revenue growth, excellent patron services and promotion of the Theatre. Experience and skills are required in marketing, publicity, and fundraising, as well as effective communication skills, and experience working with volunteers. Experience working with theatre would be considered an asset.

 Key Responsibilities

  • Champions the Theatre’s marketing and promotion initiatives.
  • Builds positive relationships with local businesses, members, volunteers, and sponsors.
  • Oversees media and publicity, Front of House, sponsorship and fundraising activities.
  • Contributes to achieving a safe, fair, encouraging and dynamic workplace.
  • Seeks opportunities to reach new sponsors, increase membership and engage volunteers.
  • Manages the Theatre’s brand, social media and online presence, ensuring consistent messaging.

 Compensation for this position will be dependent on experience. This position is a year-round position including full-time hours May — October and part-time hours with considerable flexibility November — April.

 Ship’s Company Theatre welcomes applications from qualified individuals of all cultural backgrounds, genders, sexual orientation, and abilities.

 Interested individuals should forward a resume and cover letter by email to with the subject line: Marketing Manager.

Deadline for receipt of applications is March 6, 2019 by 6:00pm AST.


Job details
Parrsboro, NS

$600.00 to $675.00 weekly (to be negotiated) for 37.5 to 45 hours per week

Terms of employment:
Permanent Part Time leading to full time

Start date:
As soon as possible

Employment conditions:
Day, Evening, Weekend, Flexible Hours,


Trade certificate, diploma or degree

Experience an asset

Specific Skills:
Hire and train or arrange for training of staff; Plan, administer and control budgets for client projects, contracts, equipment and supplies; Interview, hire and provide training for staff; Prepare reports and briefs for management committees evaluating administrative services; Direct and control corporate governance and regulatory compliance procedures within establish

Budgetary Responsibility:
$100,001 – $500,000

Business Equipment and Computer Applications:
MS Excel; MS Word; MS Office; MS Outlook

Work Setting:
Associations and non profit organizations

 Transportation/Travel Information:
Own vehicle; Valid driver’s licence

Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities:
Fast-paced environment; Work under pressure; Attention to detail; Large caseload; Large workload; Tight deadlines

Ability to Supervise Committees; Staff in various areas of responsibility; 5-10 people

Personal Suitability Flexibility; Accurate; Team player; Excellent oral communication; Judgement; Values and ethics; Organized

General Audition Notice: 2019 Summer Season

General Audition Notice: 2019 Summer Season

In preparation for the 2019 summer season the Ship’s Company Theatre will be holding general auditions in Halifax on March 25, 2019.

The season has not yet been announced, but the full season line up will be available as of March 24, 2019. Please check our website at that time for more information regarding all our shows.

  • Please note that only those artists who are invited to audition will be contacted to set up an audition time.
  • Please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues with one being by a local or Atlantic playwright, totaling no more than four minutes total.
  • If you have a special skill, we’d love to hear about it / see it!
  • For the General Auditions, we please ask that no agent packages be sent, as we value the artist’s individual voice in a letter.

Please include a resume, headshot, and a letter stating your interest and submit by email for consideration to Artistic Producer Jack Paterson at

The deadline for submissions to be received is 6pm, March 15, 2019.

Priority will be given to Equity artists, and they will be seen first at all auditions.

Agreement or Policy expected at the time of posting: CTA

Seeking Production Team Applicants

Seeking Production Team Applicants

Every year Ship’s needs a crew for its Summer Season. We are currently looking for Production Management, Stage Management, Technicians and Crew.

Contracts vary, running June – August, Equity & PACT house, looking to cast the net wide to be more equitable and inclusive.

Interested in spending your summer months by the Sea? Please send your CV!


Chasing Champions Sails to the National Arts Centre

Chasing Champions Sails to the National Arts Centre

Playwright and Actor Jacob Sampson

NAC English Theatre Presentation

A Ship’s Company (Parrsboro, NS) Production in association with Eastern Front Theatre (Halifax, NS)

Nova Scotia’s Sam Langford is considered by many boxing historians to be the greatest fighter who ever lived. So why have so few people heard of him? Chasing Champions is the moving story of Langford’s battles against a hostile culture and the machinations of a sport that repeatedly denied him a shot at the title of world champion.

A man of grace and fortitude, the 5’7” Langford fought from lightweight to heavyweight, beating legendary fighters in each class. He died blind and penniless in Harlem in 1956. Chasing Champions examines the life of this unsung hero – perhaps the greatest athlete never known.

Chasing Champions was created by Ship’s Company Theatre in 2016 and went on to win six Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards, including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production.

Jacob Sampson and a small ensemble cast brought to life the boxing world of 1910s and 20s; the danger and reward of surviving by your fists, and breaking the mold society has set for you. Chasing Champions takes you on the journey of Sam Langford’s boxing career. It also uses flashback and a flexible timeline to explore the fighter’s life as a child growing up in Nova Scotia and what forged him into one of the greatest fighters who ever lived.

Champions won 6 of 9 Merritt Awards it was nominated for:

  • Outstanding Lead Actor Male – Jacob Sampson
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor Male – Marty Burt
  • Outstanding Lighting Design – Leigh Ann Vardy
  • Outstanding New Play (NS) – Jacob Sampson
  • Outstanding Scenic Design – Garrett Barker (Set)
  • & Corwin Ferguson (Projections)
  • Outstanding Production – Ship’s Company Theatre

Congratulation to the entire Ship’s team!

Playwright: Jacob Sampson
Director: Ron Jenkins
Performed by Marty Burt, Micha Cromwell, Zach Faye And Jacob Sampson

Set Designer: Garrett G. Barker | Costume Designer: Cathleen Mccormack | Lighting Designer: Leigh Ann Vardy | Sound Designer: Joe Micallef | Stage Manager: Ingrid Risk | Head Technician / Stage Crew: Jess Preece | Technician: Skyler Diotte

Ship’s Company Theatre Announces New Artistic Producer

Ship’s Company Theatre Announces New Artistic Producer

Jack Paterson will begin new adventure at the Ship in December 2018.

(Parrsboro) The Ship’s Company Theatre is thrilled to announce Jack Paterson as the company’s new Artistic Producer. An acclaimed director, producer, theatre maker, dramaturge and translator, Jack has pursued a variety of experiences across Canada and internationally, exploring theatre production and partnerships in both bustling centers and smaller, more remote locations.

“All communities, regardless of size or location, deserve an inclusive theatre with the same dedication and passion for innovation and excellence as major national festivals,” said Paterson. “Creativity and imagination are everywhere, and it is our job to shine a light on these voices.”

Having spent considerable time in Vancouver, Paterson has worked on critically acclaimed shows both large and small, including award nominated and winning New Works, Classical and Theatre for Young People. Jack has received nominations and awards on several occasions, including receiving the “John Moffat and Larry Lillo Award for Outstanding West Coast Artist” this past season.

“The Board of the Ship is eager to have Jack join us in Parrsboro as we start a new chapter in the Theatre’s journey and look forward to our 35thseason,” said Mary McPhee, Chair of the Ship’s Company Theatre Board of Directors. “Jack’s passion for bringing people together in harmony to explore their stories is a great fit for the company, and we can’t wait for our community to experience the magic that will grow with Jack’s leadership.”

Jack’s experiences vary from founding theatre initiatives such as Vancouver’s Mad Duck Theatre Collective, and more recently BoucheWHACKED!, as well as residencies across the country with companies such as The Shaw Festival and Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Jack strives for excellence and continuous learning, having achieved an MFA in Direction from Joan Littlewood’s East 15 Acting School through the University of Essex, and studying across Europe, Russia, Indonesia and Canada. Over the past few years, Jack has worked primarily throughout the UK and Canada, honing production and creative skills at companies such as Theatre Northwest (Prince George, BC), Theatre503 (London, UK), and collaborating with artists from across Canada, Europe and the UK.

Michael Fuller, co-founder of Ship’s Company Theatre shared his excitement for this announcement: “The tide is changing, coming back in and with it a new energy, a rebirth, a new opportunity and a fresh vision. It’s a very exciting time for the Ship and for the community. What magic will be revealed on the stage in the coming years? I’m excited and wish Jack warm welcome to the helm of the Ship’s Co. and the town of Parrsboro. I look forward to meeting him.”

Jack will begin working from Parrsboro in December, developing the 2019 season and learning the ropes at the Ship. “I am thrilled to take the helm of a company with such rich history of bringing the Atlantic voice to the nation,” said Paterson. “I look forward to collaborating with the artists, organizations and communities of these new waters.”

The Ship’s Company Theatre Board of Directors will host a Welcome Reception for Jack at the Fundy Geological Museum on Wednesday 19 December 2018 from 12-2pm.  All are welcome to join in welcoming Jack and celebrating the next step in the rich history of Ship’s Company Theatre.