NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
Thomas Hodd, Playwright
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.
Dr. James Collins
Jeff Dingle is a New Brunswick-born actor now residing in Toronto. He is very excited to be performing in New Brunswick again for the first time in almost five years! Some favorite productions include Book Club (Port Stanley Theatre); The Birds and the Bees (Lighthouse/Showboat Theatre); Antony and Cleopatra, The Three Musketeers (Saint Lawrence Shakespeare); Skylight (Troubadour Theatre); Mourning Dove (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Model Wanted (NotaBle Acts); God’s Middle Name, Wally Finds His Inner Bear (Theatre New Brunswick Young Company); and the TV series Man Seeking Woman (FXX Network). He is a graduate of St. Thomas University and George Brown Theatre School. Love and gratitude to all the New Brunswick friends and family for years of encouragement and support.
Melissa is beyond excited to be welcomed aboard the ARC. As a Halifax-based actor she has performed as a puppeteer with Mermaid Theatre and has toured with Guess How Much I Love You across China and North America. Her recent theatre credits include: Alice in Alice In Wonderland, Viola in Twelfth Night, Pinocchio in Pinocchio, Regan in King Lear, As You Like It, Othello (Shakespeare By The Sea); Herbie in Herbie Dragons, The Return To Baker Street (Halifax Fringe); Veronica Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical (Whale Song Theatre). Melissa is a graduate of Dalhousie University. She sends love to her parents and to her number one fan, Jack.
Dr. William Harding
Originally from Ottawa, Peter has made his home in Halifax since graduating from the Fountain School of Performing Arts in 2016. Select theatre credits include: This Is Nowhere (Zuppa Theatre Co.); Twelfth Night, Othello, Alice in Wonderland, Julius Caesar, All’s Well that Ends Well, Peter Pan, As You Like It, King Lear, Pinocchio (Shakespeare by the Sea); Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes (Matchstick Theatre); Miracle on 34th Street (Neptune Theatre); and HELLO CITY Presents: The Book Club (Halifax Fringe Festival). Film credits include: Let’s Get Physical (Pop TV); Terror in the Woods (Discover America); and Cavendish (CBC). Peter is also a cast member of HELLO CITY, a monthly improv at the Bus Stop Theatre.