FEATURED ARTISTS

Meet the people who make our world go round

The Atlantic Repertory Company is fortunate to be able to work with four guest directors and writers of incredible quality in its first season. Our program depends on the virtuosity of their abilities, the generosity they show in mentoring our actors and stage professionals, and the care with which they conceive, plan and execute performances. Without further ado….

Thomas Hodd, Playwright

(No Man Is An Island)

Born and raised in Saint John, Thomas Hodd is an Associate Professor of English at Université de Moncton, where he teaches drama, creative writing and Canadian literature.

As an editor and cultural critic, Hodd’s essays and reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Art, the Literary Review of Canada, and Studies in Canadian Literature, among others. His acting credits include stints with KV Players, StFX University’s Theatre Antigonish, and the Saint John Theatre Company. He has served as theatre critic for The Telegraph Journal, as well as board member for a number of provincial arts organizations, including the Frye Festival, the City of Moncton Culture Board, the Capitol School of Performing Arts, and the Writers Federation of New Brunswick. He is co-editor of The Antigonish Review, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of New Brunswick Studies. His edition of war stories by the Nova Scotia writer and First World War veteran, Will R. Bird, A Soldier’s Place, is forthcoming with Nimbus Publishing.

Thomas Hodd, Playwright

(No Man Is An Island)

Born and raised in Saint John, Thomas Hodd is an Associate Professor of English at Université de Moncton, where he teaches drama, creative writing and Canadian literature.

As an editor and cultural critic, Hodd’s essays and reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Art, the Literary Review of Canada, and Studies in Canadian Literature, among others. His acting credits include stints with KV Players, StFX University’s Theatre Antigonish, and the Saint John Theatre Company. He has served as theatre critic for The Telegraph Journal, as well as board member for a number of provincial arts organizations, including the Frye Festival, the City of Moncton Culture Board, the Capitol School of Performing Arts, and the Writers Federation of New Brunswick. He is co-editor of The Antigonish Review, and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of New Brunswick Studies. His edition of war stories by the Nova Scotia writer and First World War veteran, Will R. Bird, A Soldier’s Place, is forthcoming with Nimbus Publishing.

Natasha MacLellan, Director

(No Man Is An Island)

Natasha MacLellan has been working in new play development in Atlantic Canada for almost fifteen years. Her love of new scripts was fostered through Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, where she mentored with Jenny Munday, and through years of working at Mulgrave Road Theatre in Guysborough, NS.

From there she started Forerunner Playwrights Theatre, which produced new works in Halifax for a decade. As Artistic Producer of Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, she has premiered eight new scripts, including Chasing Champions, which will play at Canada’s National Arts Centre in November 2018. She is honored to have been twice named the protégé of nationally respected theatre artists: Jenny Munday, recipient of the inaugural Mallory Gilbert award, and Mary Vingoe, recipient of the Portia White Prize. She is also secretary of the board of Theatre Nova Scotia, and serves on the PACT Board, chairing the Network & Learning Committee and as a member of the Labour Relations Committee.

In the fall of 2018, Natasha will move to Fredericton, NB to become the 13th Artistic Director of Theatre New Brunswick.

Maria Milisavljević, Playwright

(Abyss)

Born in Arnsberg, Germany, Maria Milisavljević is an award-winning, Dora-nominated playwright, theatre creator, dramaturg and translator. Over the past sixteen years, Maria has worked with various theatres and companies across Germany, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She is the artistic director of the TheaterTruppe, which she founded in 2005 and through which she has directed, created and written most of her work. Maria’s work includes productions of classics, modern classics and her own plays Annas Fest (2008), hell/warm (2009) and Hero of the Day (2010).

Maria’s play Abyss was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2015 for “Outstanding New Play.” Her adaptation of Enemy of the People (with Richard Rose) for the Saint John Theatre Company went on an international tour to Theater Konstanz, Germany, in January 2017.

Maria holds a doctoral degree in English and translates her works into English herself. She is also the recipient of a three-year scholarship grant by the Bavarian Ministry for Sciences and the Arts. In 2009, she received the John McGrath Scholarship in Theatre Studies of the Scottish Universities for Hero of the Day.

Maria Milisavljević, Playwright

(Abyss)

Born in Arnsberg, Germany, Maria Milisavljević is an award-winning, Dora-nominated playwright, theatre creator, dramaturg and translator. Over the past sixteen years, Maria has worked with various theatres and companies across Germany, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She is the artistic director of the TheaterTruppe, which she founded in 2005 and through which she has directed, created and written most of her work. Maria’s work includes productions of classics, modern classics and her own plays Annas Fest (2008), hell/warm (2009) and Hero of the Day (2010).

Maria’s play Abyss was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2015 for “Outstanding New Play.” Her adaptation of Enemy of the People (with Richard Rose) for the Saint John Theatre Company went on an international tour to Theater Konstanz, Germany, in January 2017.

Maria holds a doctoral degree in English and translates her works into English herself. She is also the recipient of a three-year scholarship grant by the Bavarian Ministry for Sciences and the Arts. In 2009, she received the John McGrath Scholarship in Theatre Studies of the Scottish Universities for Hero of the Day.

Richard Rose, Director

(Abyss)

For over 30 years, Richard Rose has been a distinguished director in Canadian theatre.

Currently, Mr. Rose serves as Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre, Canada’s leading new play theatre. He was previously Founding Artistic Director of the highly regarded Necessary Angel Theatre, as well as Director of Stratford Festival’s Young Company and Associate Director of the Canadian Stage Company.

Mr. Rose’s awards include five Toronto Dora awards for Direction, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Direction and Audience Choice Award from the Bitef Festival in Belgrade. In addition, he has received the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize, the City of Toronto Mayor’s Award for career achievements, and an Honourary Doctorate from Thorneloe University in Sudbury.

Mr. Rose has directed over 150 productions across Canada and internationally in Los Angeles, New York’s Off Broadway and London’s West End, as well as opera and film productions.