Who We Are

Nanaimo Fringe is produced by Pacific Coast Stage Company.  Meet our organization!

Anne Taylor, General ManagerAnne Taylor – General Manager

New to the Nanaimo Fringe Festival Anne is an alumnus of the Vancouver Fringe as their Production Manager (2006 to 2008) and Venue Technician (1998 to 2006). Anne has travelled to Edmonton’s Fringe, the largest Fringe Festival in North America, and to NZ Fringe festival in Wellington New Zealand. When not at a Fringe Festival you can find Anne stage managing at Chemainus Theatre.


 Shelby Matthews – Event Manager

In 2014, Shelby completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre at Vancouver Island University. After graduating, she continued to pursue the technical side, from stage managing the Vancouver Island Symphony numerous times, to doing both Stage Management and Tech around Nanaimo. She has been involved with the Nanaimo Fringe Festival for the last five years, from being a Technician, to Venue Managing, and currently Event Managing. She is excited to see Nanaimo Fringe continuing to thrive and grow!


profile barrettNick Barrett – Chair & Technical Direction

Nick started working as a technician with the Nanaimo Fringe Festival in its first year.  He is currently chairperson and involved in Technical Direction and Venue Management. Born in Port Alberni, Nick moved to Nanaimo to study at VIU and receive a diploma in Technical Theatre and Media. Nick became a freelance Technician and Stage Manager, with a focus on lighting and audio design, and travels around Vancouver Island to volunteer and work with many local and international theatre companies. Nick is very excited to be volunteering with the Nanaimo Fringe Festival again this year and can not wait to see another amazing festival year.


Headshot #9 Leon Potter – Director 

Leon has been working in Theatre and Film since 1989.  Originally training U-Vic as a props master and set/ lighting Designer, his career spans a myriad of positions including director, actor, designer and technician. He began working as a Director in 1994 and was the artistic director of the Looking Glass Theatre in Vancouver, and Blue Peanut Productions. He completed his training at the UK’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Kings College, London with an M.A. (w/distinction) in Directing.   Over the years, Leon’s credits span from London to Edinborough, New York, Vancouver and Nanaimo and he is a professional member of the DGGB as well as CAEA.

More locally in recent years, Leon has been working in the Theatre department at Vancouver Island University teaching Acting, Theatre History and Public Speaking.  He has also been doing workshops and adjudications around the province, writing, directing, acting and generally keeping himself busy.


profile nattrassNicolle Nattrass – Recording Secretary

Nicolle is an actress (CAEA/UBCP) & playwright (full member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada) She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Victoria in 1991. She is also certified as an addiction Counsellor CAC II, since 2007.  Nicolle served as Deputy Chair for the Women’s Caucus, Playwrights Guild of Canada from 2009- June 2012.  She has served as a juror for Theatre BC’s Canadian National Playwriting Competition in 2008 & 2009. She has also worked as a director & dramaturge at the New Play Festival (Theatre BC) as well as for Leaping Thespian Theatre Company, Enlightenment Theatre and many individuals on their one person/solo shows. She has facilitated many writing and creative exploration workshops for a diverse range of groups and ages.  She has been on our board from the festival’s beginning.



Tamara McCarthy – Director

Tamara is a professional director, actor, teacher, and mother. She has a deep passion for women-centric theatre and women’s stories, directing work with strong roles for women. A 5-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee, Tamara’s recent directing credits include Reasons to be Pretty (Western Edge); A Doll’s House (Slamming Door); Dancing at Lughnasa (Peninsula Productions); James and the Giant Peach (Chemainus Theatre Festival); and In a Forest, Dark and Deep (Naked Goddess).  Other selected credits include FourPlay (Studio 58); Tough! (Twenty Something); Whistler Chairlift Revue (2010 Paralympics); Munsch Alley (Carousel); The Vertical Hour (United Players); and The Laundromat (Scarlet Satin). A few of Tamara’s Assistant Directing credits include Twelfth Night (Bard on the Beach); Fiddler on the Roof (Gateway); No Great Mischief (Vancouver Playhouse); Bye Bye Baby (Presentation House); and The Winter’s Tale (Classic Chic). With a lengthy background in physical theatre, Tamara co-founded Boca del Lupo Theatre in 1996, and was the co-Artistic Director until 2001. As a free-lance theatre practitioner since then, Tamara has worked as both a director and actor with numerous west coast theatre companies. In June 2014, she was part of Directors Lab North in Toronto, leading a session on Site Specific Theatre. Locally, she teaches children at Kismet: www.kismettheatreacademy.com Upcoming: The Out Vigil (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); The Double Axe Murders (Presentation House); Into the Woods (Vancouver Island University); and Rate of Loss (The Cultch/upintheair).

~ In Memoriam~


Mike Taugher – Vice Chair & Technical Direction

Mike is Vancouver Island University (VIU) Theatre Department’s Chair, Theatre Manager and Stagecraft Instructor. Previous to moving to Vancouver Island he was the Technical Director for the University of Calgary, Department of Drama. In addition to VIU and U of C productions, his set and light design experience includes Decidedly Jazz Dance, One Yellow Rabbit, Calgary Folk Festival, TheatreOne, Chemainus Theatre Company, etc. Mike has been on the Nanaimo Fringe board of directors from its inception.