Meet the Crew

Richie Wilcox – Artistic Director

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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.

Atreo Cash – Custodian & Facilities Coordinator

I am an international student from the Bahamas studying Biology with an interest in studying Veterinary Medicine. This is my first summer in Parrsboro and I am excited to get to spend it at the Ship! If you see me around, come introduce yourself so that I can feel a part of this amazing community.

Rhianna Odlin – Office Administrative Assistant

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I am SUPER excited to back aboard the Ship this summer! I am ready to find creative solutions to new challenges, as we adapt to life after COVID. Since my last summer at Ship’s Company Theatre I have graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and will return to school in the fall to study Education.

Nicole Yorke – Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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I am a Parrsboronian born and raised and I’m so happy to be able to finally contribute to the Ship as it’s something I’ve always loved growing up. I am currently taking a technical theatre degree so hopefully when I achieve that I’ll be able to come back to Parrsboro again and contribute to the ship even more!

Alexandra Robin General Manager

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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, or art.

Play-Building Instructors

Koumbie

Koumbie is an award winning actor, director, writer and producer. In front of the camera she has appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including YTV’s Aquateam, CBC’s Mr. D, Studio Black, and Diggstown, and the final season of Outtv’s Sex & Violence. Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of award winning short films, including the Short Film Face-Off winner Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave feature, Ariyah & Tristan’s Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode of Studio Black S2. In 2016 she was named a “One to Watch” by Sea in Be Scene, in 2018 she was selected as a Five in Focus – Atlantic director and in the same year one a Telefilm Talent to Watch grant.

Henricus Gielis

Henricus is an actor, improviser and creator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His solo show King of the Goats won the “Fringiest Fringe show” award in the 2019 Halifax Fringe. Select theatre credits include: Pugwash, The Mystery Play (Ship’s Theatre); The Lear Project (Neptune); Joyride, Peter Fechter’s 59 minutes, King of the Goats (Matchstick Theatre); Ben Hur, The Goodnight Bird, Burnin’ Love, Hope and Gravity (Festival Antigonish). Henri is also a teacher with the Neptune Theatre School, and has taught improv and theatre workshops at conventions and classrooms across the country.

Gina Thornhill

Gina (She/Her) is a Kijpuktuk (Halifax) based theatre artist. Her training is in ensemble based physical theatre. She is a founding member of Tea Time Creation Co. Select theatre credits include Some Blow Flutes- HomeFirst Theatre, This is Nowhere- Zuppa Theatre, Neptune Theatre Touring Company 2018, Pugwash- Ship’s Company Theatre, Slut: The Play- Luna/Sea Theatre, The Blazing World/Faustus- Villain’s Theatre, On the Verge- Once Upon a Theatre Collective. Film/TV: Diggstown, The Mist, Feverish. Gina is also an instructor at Neptune Theatre School, working with youth in various capacities; choreographer, stage manager, assistant director. She is thrilled to be spending her summer Play-Building at the Ship!

Stepheny Hunter

Stepheny Hunter (they/she) is an actor, improviser, and playwright based in Halifax/K’jipuktuk. Originally from Winnipeg, MB, Stepheny moved to Halifax to attend Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts. They are a member of Hello City, a monthly improv show that takes place at the Bus Stop Theatre (Silver for Best Comedy Night – The Coast 2018, 2019, Outstanding comedy and Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role Halifax Fringe 2019, Best Ensemble Halifax Fringe 2018). Stepheny’s play FAT JULIET, a retelling of Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of a fat 16 year old, Juliet, will be presented by Shakespeare by the Sea in 2021. Stepheny is thrilled to be a part of Ship’s Play Building Program and can’t wait to help bring these stories to life. 

Sarah Richardson

Sarah has been a performer, multi-instrumentalist, and musical director for over 20 years, in both Ontario and Nova Scotia. She won a Merritt Award for Musical Direction for Chester Playhouse’s production of “Ruthless: The Stage Mother of All Musicals”, and a nomination for HEIST’s production of “New Waterford Boy”.  She is also a founding member of Whale Song Theatre. Sarah was a member of the inaugural year of Neptune Theatre’s “Chrysalis Project”, and has since been part of the musical direction team on several projects. Most recently, Sarah was a performer in the World Premiere of “Controlled Damage: the Viola Desmond Story”. She is also an educator within Neptune, musically directing both “Les Misérables: School Edition” and the Canadian premiere of “My Side of the Country”. Sarah is also a part of the powerhouse vocal trio, DivaStation, and the lead singer of the Blackrats. Past credits include Neptune Theatre, Whale Song Theatre, Chester Playhouse, HEIST, Liverpool International Theatre Festival, DramaFest, Dartmouth Players, and Halifax Feast Dinner Theatre.

Kiana MacDonnell

Growing up in the Annapolis Valley, Kiana discovered a passion for the arts when she was in elementary school. She is a 21 year old based in Halifax, Nova Scotia who participated in various activities in music and acting including; Mary’s Islanders dance school from ages 3-13, the Central Kings high school band, the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, and many plays and musicals. Since moving to the city Kiana has recently been in “I Hear You” web series Created by Amy Trefry, “Media Release” by Koumbie (Neptune Theatre – The Chrysalis Project), the Canadian production of “SLUT: The Play” (Lunasea Theatre), and “Woven”: Nine Compositions- Interactions With Art (Halifax Theatre for Young People). Kiana plans to continue acting in Halifax and would love to work in more local plays and films

Simone Reade

Simone Reade is a multi-talented theatre artist, singer, and songwriter, with a background in ballet and modern dance. She was involved in theatre productions in both high school and university, and is currently studying film and pursuing a degree in English and French. Simone has spent several summers alongside her mother at the Ship’s Company Theatre, and is excited to be back in Parrsboro again.

Garry Williams

Garry is a Halifax-based theatre artist and educator, and Artistic Director of DaPoPo Theatre. He has worked extensively with young performers at various institutions including Halifax Grammar School, Sacred Heart, About Time Productions, Festival Antigonish, Tantramar Theatre, as well as DaPoPo’s Queer Theatre Ensembe, Acting Out, and the DaPoPo Academy Youth Ensemble. Musicals/Theatre Compositions include The Wizard of of Oz, Twelfth Night*, Peter Pan*, Pinocchio* (SBTS/*Merritt Award Nomination); KAMP** (**Merritt Award Recipient)  King of Berlin (Doppler Effect); Tyrant, Arden, Jew of Malta* (Villains Theatre); Munsch Upon A Time (Festival Antigonish); The FEAR Project; So… What About Love? (DaPoPo); An Enchanted Twist; Supermoms; The 13 Clocks. Other theatre credits include The Bitterest Time (Lunasea/SarAndipity); How Do I Love Thee? (Angels & Heroes); Henry V, Love’s Labours, Twelfth Night, King Lear* (SBTS); Orlando (Workshirt Opera); Chess With the Doomsday Machine (OneLight); Opening Night (Festival Antigonish); Miracle Man*, Dustbowl Joan (Two Planks and a Passion); Mimi (TheatreSpeak); Litmus Road, Tournament of Lies*(Us vs Them); Café DaPoPo (DaPoPo Theatre).

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