Andrea Boyd, Artistic Director

Andrea Boyd

Artistic Director

Andrea Boyd (she/her) is a director, playwright and theatre educator. As Artistic Director of Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, her directing credits include Robin Hood: The Great Escape, The Goodnight Bird, Stage Kiss, Hope and Gravity, Ben Hur and Burnin’ Love. For Theatre Antigonish, she directed Girls Like That, The Ash Girl, Eurydice, and Sunshine on Leith, among others. She has also directed at The Grand Theatre, Theatre Lac Brome, NotableActs, Keyano Theatre and the University of Alberta.

Writing credits include Robin Hood: The Great Escape (with Laura Teasdale) Hector the Spectre Steals the Show for Festival Antigonish Radio Theatre, Angel’s River, produced by Live Bait Theatre, Notable Acts Theatre Company and Sault Community Theatre, Stalker: The Musical, with songs by Paul Morgan Donald, staged reading though Canadian Centre for Theatre Creation; Molly, presented in conjunction with the New Works festival at the University of Alberta & Sage Theatre’s Ignite Festival; and Kid Sister, presented by Found Productions. For the Love of Gracie Gray was the recipient of the 2013 Write-On-Q Quebec Playwrighting Competition and received a staging workshop with Live Bait Theatre and a reading with Eastern Front Theatre.

Andrea believes in creating theatre that speaks to the community and that is inclusive; that supports female artists and Canadian artists; and that can bring about transformation by encouraging empathy. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta, where she also taught for several years in the drama department. She is from New Brunswick, and has taught and directed across the country, but is delighted to call Antigonish home.

andrea@festivalantigonish.ca
902-867-3333

Andrea Boyd, Artistic Director

Caleb Marshall

Managing Director

 New Brunswick born native Caleb Marshall’s thirty-year theatrical career has spanned producing, directing, writing, teaching, acting, administration, and cultural advocacy. He has produced over 100 theatre productions and 30 multi-disciplinary performing arts presentations. Most recently he served as the Managing Artistic Director of The Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC, (2018-2024.) Prior to that he was the Artistic Executive Director of The Sudbury Theatre Centre (2014-2017) and the Artistic Producer for Theatre New Brunswick (2009-2014.) Internationally he served as the resident director on a UK/European tour for Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as appeared in productions by The Old Vic, The Imperial War Museum and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Caleb spent four seasons in The Stratford Festival’s acting company and has premiered roles for the National Arts Centre, The Canadian Stage Company, and The Blyth Festival. He has also played numerous principal roles in Film and television.

He holds a Certificate in Arts Management and Administration from McEwan University, a BFA Honours in Acting from York University, an MFA in Theatre Direction from Middlesex University, London (UK) and trained with; The Stratford Festival’s Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training, Moscow’s GITIS Academy, the Banff Centre for the Arts and The International Artist’s Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe. Caleb has been honored for his work with an Indigenous Blanket Ceremony, the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award, The Stratford Festival’s Eliot Haze Award and was recognized by the New Brunswick Arts Board with an Excellence Award in the Arts.

caleb@festivalantigonish.ca
902-867-4539

Ingrid Risk, Production Manager

Ingrid Risk 

Production Manager

Ingrid (she/her) has enjoyed a richly varied production career which has led her to take on a variety of roles such as stage manager, designer, technical director, production manager, prop builder, technician, and carpenter. Ingrid has helped shape venue design, curated arts-theatre spaces, taught theatre stagecraft courses at StFX University, and mentored young professionals.

Ingrid has worked with many leading Atlantic theatre companies. She has toured extensively, taking productions to venues nationally and internationally, from Labrador to the Yukon to NYC, including several stops at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the Cultural Olympiad at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Before returning to FAST as production manager, Ingrid’s focus had been on lighting design and stage management where she has received countless nominations for her work, and is the recipient of several Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards. Her passion is for spare, interesting, and meaningful pieces of theatre that convey important ideas about the human experience.

ingrid@festivalantigonish.ca
902-867-2264 Production Office

Ashley Pettipas, Operations & Digital Media Coordinator

Sissie Wang

Administrator, Operations & Audience Relations

Sissie (she/they) is a talented theatre artist joining us from Halifax. Originally from China, she embarked on a journey to Canada in pursuit of her passion for acting and theatre. Sissie successfully completed her theatre and economic education at Dalhousie University, graduating 2023.

With a deep sense of pride, Sissie brings forth the stories of newcomers to the stage, captivating audiences with her performances. She cherishes every moment of the production process, relishing in the opportunity to showcase these narratives and evoke emotions in her audience. Throughout her career, Sissie has been fortunate to collaborate with a group of remarkable individuals who have consistently demonstrated their unwavering support and passion during the creative process. Their shared dedication has been a source of gratitude and inspiration for Sissie, propelling her artistic endeavors to new heights.
 

902-867-4539

Ashley Pettipas, Operations & Digital Media Coordinator

Kate Basile

Artistic Associate, Community Engagement

Kate (she/her) is an artist based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. A professional actor, creator, and multidisciplinary artist, she has lived and worked throughout the East Coast and Toronto, training at Humber College.

Having spent many years in Nova Scotia during her youth, she is thrilled to have found a home with FAST, most recently acting with the 2022 company in The Hobbit and again for the 2023 Theatre for Young Audiences. A firm believer in the power of art and community, Kate has found a passion teaching youth classes on the very stage where she attended her first theatre camp. As a part of the Antigonish community, Kate hopes to help FAST reach new students and artists. When you’re not seeing her at The Bauer, you may bump into Kate at Fairmont or Keppoch, or spot her at the Arts House, elbow deep in a slab of clay!

kate@festivalantigonish.ca
902-867-3333

Board of Directors

Dr. Peggy Gallant - Board Member

Dr. Peggy Gallant

Co-Chair

Dr. Minoli Amit - Board Member

Dr. Minoli Amit

Co-Chair

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Sheumais MacLeod

Board Member

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Kalin Wright

Board Member

Eric Atkinson - Board Member

Eric Atkinson

Board Member

Ken Kingston - Board Member

Ken Kingston

Board Member

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Briana Lynch-Rankin

Theatre Antigonish Representative

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Natasha MacKinnon

Theatre Antigonish Representative