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 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.