Our 2019/20 season offers you an exciting range of Atlantic Canadian programming which I hope you will take advantage of. We will start off the season with a return of the Old Time Radio Hour, where 8 actors, a live sound foley artist and a piano player recreate a 1940’s live radio show. Come hear the first episode of Superman ever broadcasted, take in some classic commercial jingles and take a shot at picking the winner during our live horse race calling.
In November we team up with Zuppa Theatre to bring you the East Coast premiere of Tiny, by Bruce Barton and Zuppa. The show will take place in the Scotia Square, in the old NSLC store, and you are in for treat when you see what the Zuppa team has done to transform that space. This immersive show puts you front and centre in this “tiny world.” Come experience something unique and original featuring a stellar local cast.
In March, the Old Time Radio Hour will return, but this time as part of the Canadian Museum of Immigration's superhero themed March Break programming.
Finally, in May we bring you the largest STAGES Theatre Festival that EFT has produced. Over 15 productions, readings, workshops, classes and panel discussions are set to take over the Scotiabank Stage at Neptune Theatre. Our focus this year is on inclusivity and ensuring underserved voices and stories are heard. I hope you will come and join us as an audience member, volunteer or participating artist. There is something for everyone at our festival.
New for 2019/20 is our RBC Emerging Playwrights Program. 6 playwrights will meet monthly guided by several mentors as they work toward presenting their materials at STAGES. Come see the scripts of tomorrow and follow their development. Check out the details for Becoming a Patron and help us bring these Atlantic Canadian stories from the page to the stage.
Over the next few years, we have planned many exciting and challenging projects that will allow our Atlantic Canadian actors, designers, and playwrights to shine like never before. Eastern Front Theatre is a company for you, your stories and your home, and I am honoured to be here to share it with you.
See you at the theatre!
Interim General Manager - 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 - Karen Gross Karen is a queer theatre producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the Managing Producer of 2b theatre company (The Bridge, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story), artistic co-director of Keep Good (Theatre) Company (Let’s Try This Standing, The Children), and the resident producer for the Accidental Mechanics Group (Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death, The Unfamiliar Everything). Karen is a board member with HomeFirst Theatre and has previously worked with Live Art Dance and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. She is the co-founder of the StART Festival, an interdisciplinary festival of art by emerging artists at the Bus Stop Theatre. Karen is committed to EFT's mandate to support the development, production and promotion of Atlantic Canadian theatre artists.
Treasurer - Irteza Hassan Irteza did most of his growing up in Truro, Nova Scotia. Currently he works as a finance professional in Halifax. His first theatre experience was at small local venue. Where he showed up for quiet anniversary dinner and show only to find out the show was based around singing Nova Scotian folk tunes with audience participation. Lots of songs were sung that evening. Since then he has supported many small local productions. When he first heard of the mission of EFT, in promoting local artists and writers, he wanted to help in any way possible. His experience in financially advising clients will be an asset to EFT.
Secretary - Rooks Field-Green Rooks is a trans and nonbinary theatre artist from the scruffy outback of eastern Ontario, he now calls Halifax home. Rooks recently completed a combined-honours degree in Psychology and Theatre Studies from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University. Rooks has worked behind the scenes with Zuppa Theatre Co. (City Ditties, This is Nowhere, F.I.S.H.), 2b Theatre (The Bridge), DaPoPo Theatre in association with Shakespeare by The Sea (Queer Theatre Ensemble, and Shakesqueer). He has also worked as a performer with Zuppa Theatre (F.I.S.H.) Villain's Theatre (M: The Berlin Murders, Isolate Nights), Neptune Theatre TYA (Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures, Jabber) and Ship's Company Theatre (Good Grief). Rooks is the co-creator of Circle Back Theatre, a new company that has many exciting new developments coming to Halifax soon. Rooks produces, writes and directs queer children's radio plays with Frod and Troag Productions (Frog and Toad are Together, Ice Cream, A Swim, Cookies).
Rooks is excited to give back to the community and support other emerging artists through Eastern Front Theatre!
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, The Full Monty, and 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.
Lee-Anne Poole Lee-Anne is a Queer writer & arts producer living in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. The author of seven plays; her work has toured Canada and Europe. Her first full-length play, Splinters, has been adapted into a feature film. Most recently Lee-Anne was featured in Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry. Lee-Anne is the Executive Director of the Halifax Fringe Festival.
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The Board'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
To ensure the company’s long-term health by practicing good governance and oversight