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.

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.

Natasha MacLellan, Director

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 moved to Fredericton, NB to become the 13th Artistic Director of Theatre New Brunswick.

Jeff Dingle

(Woodstock, NB)

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.

Jeff Dingle

(Woodstock, NB)

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.

Kyle Gillis

(Halifax, NS)

Dr. George Harding

Kyle Gillis is a Halifax-based actor, musician, producer and teacher. He is a graduate of The Canadian College of The Performing Arts. Selected theatre credits include: This is Nowhere (Zuppa Theatre); Bone Cage (Matchstick Theatre); The 39 Steps, God of Carnage, Forever Plaid (Chester Playhouse); Beauty and the Beast, Shrek the Musical, Sweeney Todd (Neptune Theatre); Where Poppies Blow (Halifax Theatre for Young People); Rockbound, Dustbowl Joan (Two Planks); Funny Money, Peter Pan (Festival Antigonish); Anne & Gilbert (Harbourfront Theatre); The Dining Room, The Foursome (Actors’ Colony Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods (Company C). He would like to thank Natasha, Stephen and everyone at the Atlantic Repertory Company for this opportunity. This is his New Brunswick debut.

Melissa MacGougan

(Halifax, NS)

Brighid Hurley

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.

Melissa MacGougan

(Halifax, NS)

Brighid Hurley

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.

Sarah O’Brecht

(Saint John, NB)

Margaret Harding

Sarah is thrilled to be appearing in ARC’s first season in her hometown of Saint John! Theatre credits include: Belinda Blair in Noises Off, Donna/Rosie understudy in Mamma Mia! (Neptune Theatre); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Ali in Mamma Mia! (Charlottetown Festival); Belinda in Johnny Belinda (Smile Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Segal Centre); Chicago, Jersey Boys (Stage West). Film/Television: Adulting: Year One, Good Witch, Warehouse 13, Reign, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and the CCMAs. Training/Education: American Theater Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, BA in Honours English/French and B.Ed. from the University of New Brunswick. Thanks to Stephen and Natasha. Love to Mama and the Mikes!

Peter Sarty

(Halifax, NS)

Dr. William Harding

Originally from Ottawa, Peter has made a home in Halifax since graduating from the Fountain School of the Performing Arts in 2016, and has worked professionally in both theatre and film. This summer he completed his third season with Shakespeare by the Sea, where he played the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night. Other roles include Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Orlando in As You Like It. His time with Shakespeare by the Sea has helped him to grow as a performer and taught him to be a supportive and productive company member. He is also a cast member of HELLO CITY!, a monthly improv show at the Bus Stop Theatre.

Peter Sarty

(Halifax, NS)

Dr. William Harding

Originally from Ottawa, Peter has made a home in Halifax since graduating from the Fountain School of the Performing Arts in 2016, and has worked professionally in both theatre and film. This summer he completed his third season with Shakespeare by the Sea, where he played the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night. Other roles include Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Orlando in As You Like It. His time with Shakespeare by the Sea has helped him to grow as a performer and taught him to be a supportive and productive company member. He is also a cast member of HELLO CITY!, a monthly improv show at the Bus Stop Theatre.