Board of Directors
Chair - Leslie MacDonald
A native Haligonian, Leslie graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Marketing. After a brief stint in hospitality management, Leslie then branched out into both print media (The Daily News) and television (CBC), before translating her media successes into an extremely successful career with Bell Radio, which continues to this day.
Treasurer - Lori Peddle
As a patron and an administrator, Lori has been involved in the theatre scene in Nova Scotia for many years. Her work at Neptune Theatre as an administrator and rentals coordinator provided her broad exposure to the arts community in general and local theatre companies in particular. After leaving Neptune, Lori’s work led her to gain experience and knowledge in management and finances, both in the private and the not for profit sectors. She is currently the Business & Operations Manager at The Maritimes Energy Association. In the last several years, Lori has pursued Board opportunities with such organizations as PARC, Theatre Nova Scotia, and LunaSea Theatre. As well as theatre, Lori loves visual arts, poetry, dance, and classical music. She holds a history degree from Acadia University.
A true Maritimer, Anne grew up in NB, studied in Antigonish, married an Islander and has lived in Halifax since 1970. She taught for 32 years and regularly volunteered with several organizations. Being a long-time Docent at AGNS helps to carry on her love of teaching. Other interests include art, photography,books, travel, feminism and of course, theatre.
Anne has been an EFT Board member during the tenure of the last 4 Artistic Producers and is the proud recipient of a 2011 Merritt Award for volunteer work. Whether attending meetings, stuffing envelopes, fund-raising or doing whatever is needed (while providing muffins and/or wine!), she enjoys being even a small part of the magic that is live theatre.
Nick is a retired IT business executive with a parallel career in community theatre. Beginning as an actor Nick has now directed over thirty productions and written several plays for various festivals. He has also designed many sets and enjoyed collaborating with others in set construction. Nick has been a Board member of Theatre Arts Guild for over twenty years participating in many stage productions, the expansion and modifications to The Pond Playhouse in Halifax, the Guilds participation in both local and international drama festivals and maintaining government relationships.
In his former business career Nick belonged to several international IT organisations centered on the development and organisation of the industry. He has two children, three grandchildren and is delighted all of them live in Nova Scotia.
Mike’s connection with theater started with his involvement on stage with local Community Theatre companies Bedford Players, Theatre Arts Guild, and Dartmouth Players, with whom he has appeared in nine shows over the last six years. So, when he was approached to sit on the Board of Eastern Front Theatre, he was excited at the prospect of helping to shape the future of such a mainstay of the Nova Scotia professional theater community. Mike’s work as a lawyer is a bit removed from the creative artistry involved in bringing Atlantic Canadian stories to the stage, which is the mission statement of EFT. It has been a fulfilling experience working with the Board members so far, and the future is looking very bright, with the exciting projects upcoming. Mike is looking forward to working with the Board and new Artistic Producer, Jeremy Webb to help make EFT as successful as possible.
Lori has always had an interest in Theatre and is delighted to serve on the board of Eastern Front Theatre. She studied Theatre at John Abbott College and Concordia University. Although navigating the world of Marketing career-wise, she loves being involved in the theatre scene as well. An extroverted yuppie and avid volunteer, Lori always has something on the go and looks for ways to be more involved in the community.
Arriving in Halifax in his early thirties from Switzerland via a couple of adventurous years in the Yukon, Ulrich has dabbled in artistic pursuits all his life. As a result of limited talent or dedication to practice, he focused more and more on being a modest sponsor of artists and events in theatre, the visual arts, multimedia, writing, dance and music. As an oceanographer and marine technology entrepreneur he is passionate about contributing to an increased oceans consciousness in a non-alarmist but rather celebratory fashion. Intent on integrating science, art and technology, Ulrich once introduced a novel deep-sea camera in a local gallery as an art opening. Still active in the oceans community, he welcomes the branding of Halifax as Canada’s Ocean City. He is excited about the developments at the Dartmouth COVE while also championing the Halifax Waterfront as an active board member of Ka’nata, which is behind the Geodesic SplashDome with its recent Bluenose II Story and hopefully many new interactive multimedia performances. He hopes to encourage the current and next generations of ocean scientists and technicians to become avid EFT patrons!
Becca Babcock is a writer and actor. Originally from northern Alberta, Becca moved to Nova Scotia in 2005 to pursue her graduate studies. She holds a PhD in English, and she has published stories and articles in magazines and journals in Canada and internationally; in 2012, she published a short story collection, Every Second Weekend (Blaurock Press). She has produced two festival-screened short films and one festival-screened documentary feature film, and she has written two stage plays. She lives and works in Halifax.
Ricky Buchanan - bio & photo to come
Paula English is a long time supporter and patron of Theatre in NS. She comes from a long line of performers of both music and theatre arts, and this passion has been passed on to both her daughters. Recently retired from a 35 year career in Health Care Administration and Policy, Paula has served on local and National Boards. She brings skills in personnel and financial management and is interested in ensuring the sustainability of arts organizations. She is delighted to join the Board of ETF.
Call for Board Members
Eastern Front Theatre invites members of the public to serve on our Board of Directors. Eastern Front is dedicated to the development, production, and promotion of Atlantic Canadian theatre and has been acknowledged as a Halifax treasure with a national reputation.
Broadly speaking, the Board is charged with ensuring that Eastern Front is a thriving vital theatre company, both in its internal operations, and external role in the broader community. Aside from its legal and fiduciary responsibilities, Eastern Front’s board of director’s mission is as follows: to support the company’s mandate and activities through active involvement, and through the provision of professional expertise; to promote the theatre’s interests by nurturing relationships on its behalf, and bringing these interested parties and their resources to the theatre; and to ensure the company’s long-term health by practicing good governance and oversight.
The board of directors is made up of committed members of the community. Board members need not have theatre experience but should have a demonstrated interest in the arts in Halifax. Eastern Front values incoming board members that show leadership and/or specific skills/knowledge/experience that would be of benefit to the theatre. At this time we are particularly looking for business leaders to sit on the board as well as individuals with fundraising and corporate sponsorship experience. That said, enthusiasm and a desire to contribute to the healthy functioning of EFT are the most valuable assets we seek in any board member.
If you would like to join the Board of Eastern Front Theatre please send a resume and letter explaining your interest in joining the board, noting applicable skills and experience.
Applications may be submitted to the attention of Leslie MacDonald, Board Chair, at email@example.com. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those chosen to move further through the selection process will be contacted.