Meet the Crew

Richie Wilcox (he/they) – Artistic Director
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Richie Wilcox is an educator, a fiercely queer artist and a creative collaborator. Wilcox has been the artistic director at Ship’s Company Theatre since 2019. During his time here, Wilcox has debuted the Shipwright Residency, the Play-building program as well as directed the world premiere of his original script Good Grief among many other presentations, productions and events. Wilcox has worked with numerous companies across the Maritimes including Neptune, Festival Antigonish, 2B Theatre, Kazan Co-Op, Opera Nova Scotia, the Highland Arts Theatre and more. Wilcox was a recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Emerging Theatre Artist in 2007 and received a Merritt for outstanding performance in a supporting role in 2017. He has published essays for Canadian Theatre Review and is the editor of New Essays on Canadian Theatre: Daniel MacIvor. He is the founding artistic director of the live art company HEIST based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. In five short years with HEIST, Wilcox has helped create The Princess Show, Princess Rules, Nature Vs. Nation, New Waterford Boy, FACE and Frequencies. 

Blaze Fraser (they/them) – General Manager
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Blaze is a genderqueer white settler from Kjipuktuk/Halifax who specializes in administrative and project management. After completing their undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2018, Blaze has worked as an event coordinator with start-ups in the tech sector, restaurant administrative and operations manager, project advisor for digital music courses, and as a social media content creator. New to Ship’s, Blaze left Halifax for the Fundy Shore in the Fall of 2021 to pursue theatre management and their dream of supporting artists in realizing their creative visions. They are excited to be a part of the Parrsboro community and to continue to build Ship’s legacy.

 

Clarissa McCully (she/her) – Marketing & Development Director
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Clarissa is a proud single mom of two young children. Born and raised in Parrsboro, she returned to the area 6 years ago to raise her children. Originally graduating college with a Paralegal degree, she discovered a passion for working in non-profit organization and charities. In 2017, Clarissa was the Administrative Assistant at Parrsboro Creative and then after her contract ended continue to serve on the Board of the Arts Organization. Clarissa still serves on the Board for The Hall and is also on the committee for the Parrsboro Film Festival. Clarissa grew up volunteering at Ship’s Company, and was the youngest person to receive the Eleanor White Volunteer of the Year Award in 2005. 

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The Ship’s Company Theatre wants to recognize that we are located within Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral homeland of the Mi’kmaq people. These territories are covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship”, and these treaties did not deal with the surrender of these lands or their resources but instead recognized Mi’kmaq title and stewardship and established rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship.

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