Welcome to Eastern Front Theatre's 26th Season. As the new Artistic Producer, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Halifax’s most prominent theatre dedicated to the development, production and promotion of Atlantic Canadian theatre artists. Committed to the pursuit of artistic excellence, the company engages and presents the works of Atlantic Canada’s most established and respected artists as well as fostering the successes of tomorrow.
The future of EFT has never looked brighter. In the coming seasons we will continue to proudly premiere works by local playwrights and will continue to promote and tour these productions across our province and our nation.
Eastern Front Theatre is known across Canada as the home for dynamic, exciting and innovative programming. To that end I will also be introducing new immersive programming that focuses on the vast stories and history of Nova Scotia. Look for our site specific programming starting in the summer of 2019.
Also in 2019, we will commit our efforts to two local Playwrights who will be supported at a whole new level with the roll out of our new Playwrights Unit program. Playwrights will have their productions fostered and nourished over one - three years and will see life on our stage and beyond.
Our Atlantic Canadian actors, designers, and production teams will be given the chance to shine on our stage and beyond like never before with large scale, exciting, and challenging projects that will make the company shine as we move into the next 25 years.
Eastern Front Theatre is your company, your stories, your home and I am honoured to be here to share it with you.
See you at the theatre!
Sam Rosenthal Artistic Producer Sam@EasternFrontTheatre.com
Artistic Producer - Sam Rosenthal Sam is an actor, director and producer who has worked across the country and is thrilled to have ended up here in Halifax. His passion is working and creating live theatre and events that entertain and inspire people. Sam is an avid hiker and fitness enthusiast and can be seen most weekends in Point Pleasant Park with his wife Michelle and Beagle Kismet.
Administrative Assistant - Elsa Pihl Growing up just outside of Stratford, Ontario, Elsa was exposed to theatre at a young age (Hamlet in Grade 5). It was no shock to her parents that she decided to pursue Theatre Studies for her post-secondary education, but choosing Acadia University was a bit of a surprise. After graduation, she moved to Toronto and began a career as a Stage Manager. Twelve years, four moves and two children later, the East Coast called her and her family back. Having spent a lot of time behind the scenes (four seasons at Carousel Players, four at Soulpepper, two at Stratford), Elsa is happy to be at Eastern Front Theatre and is excited to be back in the theatre industry in this new capacity.
Our Board of Directors
Chair - Paula English Paula 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.
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 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.
Vice Chair - Cheryl Bell Cheryl has had a career in visual arts and high end sales spanning 20 years. The culmination of this experience was the opening of 14 Bells Fine Art Gallery in 2017 in Halifax’s Hydrostone Market. She doesn’t paint, she doesn’t sing, she doesn’t act but she enjoys promoting the talents of those who do! Cheryl was previously a founding member of the Banff Heritage Corporation and Fundraising Director for the Nova Scotia Doula Association. She supports various literacy, cultural and children’s programs in the city. She is thrilled to be involved in the grassroots of Canadian creativity.
Mike Taylor Mike’s connection with theater started with his involvement on stage with local Community Theatre Bedford Players, Theatre Arts Guild and Dartmouth Players, with whom he appeared in nine shows over the last six years. 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 theater community. Mike’s work as a lawyer is a bit removed from the creative artistry involved in bringing Atlantic stories to the stage. It has been a fulfilling experience working with the Board members so far, and the future is looking very bright, with the exciting upcoming projects.
Rebecca Babcock 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 - Hailing from Cape Breton, Ricky is a young theatre professional. He studied Drama Studies and Biology at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. While there he worked with production companies across varying roles, this includes: Windsor Theatre’s Possible Worlds (Stage Manager), Beating Heart Cadaver (Lighting Designer), Spring Awakening (Assistant Director), Experimental Beginnings: Chaos Theory (Director); Black Tie Productions’ RENT (Producer), The Full Monty (Producer), Evil Dead the Musical (Producer); Garnet and Gold Musical Theatre Society’s Beauty and the Beast (Producer, Lighting Designer), Tarzan (Set Designer), Legally Blonde (Lighting Designer); and the Tantramar Heritage Trust’s Before the Leaves Turn, written by Jamie Bradley. Ricky has worked with Side-by-Side Productions on You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Assistant Producer) and Spring Awakening (Lighting Designer) and with Neptune Theatre on their Young Company tour of Tchaikovsky Discovers America and Selfie (Stage Manager). In addition to serving on the board of directors of Eastern Front, Ricky continues to serve on the board for the Sea Wall Trail Society in Cape Breton.
Lori Cadelli - Lori has been on the EFT board since 2016. Having always had an interest in theatre, she is delighted to take part with this amazing company.
Alison Macdonald - From Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Alison holds a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University and currently works as a Policy Analyst in Halifax. Interested in community engagement, Alison co-authored a paper entitled Citizen Engagement: A Catalyst for Effective Local Government that is published in the Dalhousie Journal of Interdisciplinary Management. Exposure to the arts community in general and local theater companies has happened through friendships and personal interest. She brings skills in policy and is interested in contributing to the success of local arts organizations.
Call for Board Members - Join the team of one of Atlantic Canada’s most exciting theatre companies.
Eastern Front Theatre invites you 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.
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.
Eastern Front values incoming board members that show leadership and/or specific skills/knowledge/experience that would be of benefit to the theatre. 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 write, expressing your interest, noting applicable skills and experience.
Eastern Front Theatre has undergone a significant period of change, growth and enhancement; we invite you to get involved.
Applications may be emailed to the attention of: Paula English, Board Chair, info@EasternFrontTheatre.com