Meet the Crew
Richie Wilcox – Interim Artistic Director
Richie is a multi-talented director/writer/creator/dramaturge whose work has been seen across Canada and toured internationally.
Wilcox has spent the better part of the last decade co-creating, devising, writing and directing new works. Originally from New Waterford, Wilcox spent his formative years doing shows at Festival on the Bay and what was then called UCCB and learned from the best of Cape Breton at that time. Wilcox moved off the island for his education and graduated from Dalhousie University with a BA in Theatre and, moving further off, followed up with an MA in Theatre Directing from Texas State University.
He has worked with numerous theatre companies over the years: Wilcox co-founded Angels & Heroes in his early career years in Halifax where he directed shows such as Fewer Emergencies, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and Blackbird among many others. He spent almost a decade working at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre as a director and performer. For four years he served as an Artistic Associate for Theatre Outré in Lethbridge, Alberta where he directed UNSEX’d, Late Company, The Confession of Jeffrey Dahmer and more.
Presently, Wilcox is the Artistic Director of Halifax’s live art company Heist where he most recently performed in a tour of The Princess Show to Toronto, Victoria and Fredericton. He and his cohorts at Heist are also the creative team behind the award-winning sequel Princess Rules, the multimedia extravaganza Nation and his original show New Waterford Boy: A Ceilidh.
Back in 2007 Wilcox was given the Mayor’s Emerging Artist award and in 2018 he received the Merritt Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor for his work in Princess Rules. Wilcox is the editor of Daniel MacIvor: New Essays on Canadian Theatre and is in the midst of writing two new plays at the moment – one about death (Good Grief) and one about a famous basketball tournament (Coal Bowl Week).
Wilcox is no stranger to The Ship, as he was Associate Producer for the 2018 summer season and has performed New Waterford Boy twice in Parrsboro as part of the Second Stage series.
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.
Karlee Kokojejko – Administration
This is Karlee’s second summer working at Ship’s Company Theatre and she is excited to be back! Although Karlee has no previous theatre experience, she loves working for Ship’s Company Theatre, as she sees the value the theatre adds to the small town of Parrsboro. Karlee is a professional student, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Acadia University and a Master’s Degree in Applied Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University. Karlee is planning on returning to school in the fall, to pursue further education. Karlee is grateful for the opportunity to work at Ship’s Company Theatre! You can find her running around the Ship with a smile!
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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