Meet the Crew
Jack Paterson – Artistic Producer
Jack is an award winning director, dramaturge, translator, actor, theatre maker and producer whose work and study has taken across Canada, The United Kingdom and around the world. His work has ranged from contemporary devising, cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary projects to new works, main stage and classical theatre. He has trained at leading international theatrical institutions including Circle in Square (NYC, USA), GITIS The University of Performing Arts (Moscow, RU), SENI Indonesian Institute of the Arts (Bali, INA) and received his MFA from the renown East 15 Acting School (London, UK).
In Vancouver, he is the founder of multi-award-winning Mad Duck Theatre Collective, and BoucheWHACKED! Theater Collective. Across Canada he has worked with such companies as The Centaur Theatre, Imago Theatre, and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (Quebec), Theatre North West, a frank theatre, Theatre Conspiracy, The Presentation House Theatre (British Columbia) and The Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ontario/ Alberta), The Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage and the Canadian Opera Company (Ontario). In the UK, he has served as dramaturg for London’s leading new play development house Theatre503, led creation workshops with British Equity London Office, and is a member of The Young Vic Director’s Network.
Directing credits include Romeo & Juliet (Cardiff, UK); the devised projects Wasting Time (Bali, IND) and Odyssey (London, UK); the site specific The Women of Troy (Canadian Stage); F. Garcia Lorca’s The Love of Don Perlimplin fusion of Flamenco & deep song (The Shaw Festival: Director Project); The Hobbit and The Odyssey (Carousel Theatre); The Pitmen Painters and A Moon for the Misbegotten (United Players); The List (Ruby Slippers Theatre with The Richmond Gateway Theatre); and Walt Whitman’s Secret (a frank theatre). He is a recipient of The Ray Michal Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Award, The Cole Foundation Award for Emerging Translators, and The John Moffat & Larry Lillo Award for Outstanding West Coast Artist.
Clare Waqué – Interim Manager
Clare’s faith in Theatre is based on the simple power of stories to transport individuals and create collective change through empathy. Her passion is for social enterprise, and the combination of creative and business practices. She is the former executive director of The Bus Stop Theatre and founder of the not-for-profit Cooperative that now runs the only independent performing arts venue in Halifax (thebusstoptheatre.org). Clare has been living and working by the Bay of Fundy since 2014 (redclayarts.ca). Clare’s favourite tools are a chainsaw and a spreadsheet. If given the choice she’d rather be outside on the deck of a boat than inside a black box.
Alexandra Robin – Development and Marketing Manager
Alexandra is a creative, nerdy, and enthusiastic amazon with a diverse professional background in IT, support work, public relations, and in diversity & inclusion work. As a long-time human rights advocate, she feels that positive social change can only truly arise when people’s stories have space to be told, and she loves the unique and beautiful ways live theatre can engage people with these stories while exploring even the tenderest aspects of the human experience. She’s so excited to be putting her skills to use supporting incredible, live, and rurally-rooted theatre right here in Parrsboro.
When not aboard the Ship, Alexandra is usually hard at work on any number of creative projects, and she can be found directing her energy towards interactive media, writing, art, or experimenting with computer software.
Justin Dakai – Production Manager/ Technical Director: Bed & Breakfast
Justin is thrilled to be returning to the Ship for his 8th season. After working in NS theatre for 15 years as an audio technician and technical director for various companies such as Neptune, Eastern Front, Home First and Halifax Fringe to name a few it’s always a pleasure to return to Parrsboro!
James Woodhouse – Production Manager/ Technical Director: Odd Ducks
This is James’ first year at Ship’s Company Theatre. From Halifax, he has spent the last few years working in live entertainment. James is a recent graduate from Dalhousie’s Stage Design and Technical Theatre program. Past productions include: L’Etoile (FSPA), Mouvance (Produced by Jerome Blais), Cinderella (Neptune Theatre), and The Children (Keep Good Theatre).
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