February 16, 2021 - LunaSea Theatre Company Rebuilding; Announces New Artistic Producers.
LunaSea Theatre Company (“LunaSea”) has been quiet over the previous year as it has been making adjustments to the organization. This was necessary due to the removal of Artistic Director Ryanne Chisolm due to breach of trust and financial mismanagement.
The Board of Directors has learned from this experience and have taken the steps to ensure that it does not happen again. LunaSea is regrouping as it makes space for continued growth. We are grateful for the continued support from the community as we move forward together.
The Board has elected two new Artistic Producers of LunaSea Theatre Company, Kathleen Dorian and Ailsa Galbreath, both theatre artists based in Kjipuktuk (Dartmouth), Nova Scotia.
LunaSea co-founder, actor and director Martha Irving is thrilled. “I’m so pleased that Kathleen and Ailsa are assuming the helm at LunaSea. They bring a fresh and inclusive feminist vision, tremendous business acumen, and huge heart that will propel LunaSea forward into 2021. I can’t wait to see how they will transform the company,” Martha says.
“We are so delighted to be taking over LunaSea. We have long admired their work and presence in the community,” say Kathleen and Ailsa. “We are so grateful to the Board and Martha for trusting us with LunaSea’s future. Though it is daunting to fill such big shoes and in a time of uncertainty for our industry, we are excited to carry on LunaSea’s mission and mandate to focus on telling women’s stories with innovation and excellence and look forward to further investigating what it means to tell inclusive feminist stories today and what stories and experience are still going untold.”
Kathleen and Ailsa are exciting emerging talents in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). They have been working together for 6 years as half of Tea Time Creation Co (with James MacLean and Gina Thornhill), a clown-troupe turned theatre company that works to create vibrant adaptations and new works for unconventional spaces. Ailsa performed in LunaSea's productions of Slut: the play in 2017 and took over the lead for a short run at EFT’s Stages Festival in 2018. Kathleen has performed with Zuppa Theatre and toured with Mermaid Theatre performing black-light puppet shows across the US, China and Singapore. Together Kathleen and Ailsa have created The Arborists (Skampede Festival, Victoria) and A Period Piece (Kinetic Open Series). Kathleen and Ailsa are passionate about new work, subverting expectation and feminist storytelling.
LunaSea Theatre is based in Kjipuktuk, Nova Scotia. It was founded by Martha Irving, Mary-Colin Chisolm, Mauralea Austin and Sherry Smith in 2007 in order to give voice to women’s stories and perspectives. For more than a decade now, LunaSea has been the foremost feminist theatre company in Nova Scotia representing women’s voices and experiences on stage. LunaSea has supported women in theatre for the entirety of its existence and has worked to create opportunities for emerging artists in the community. LunaSea is committed to projects that are artist-initiated, driven by creative passion and characterized by a constant striving for excellence and innovation. For more on LunaSea follow @LunaSeaTheatre or visit www.lunaseatheatre.ca.