Who We Are

Anne Taylor – General Manager


Anne Taylor – General Manager

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 – Volunteer Coordinator and Event Manager


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!

Nick Barrett – Board President


Nick 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.

Nicolle Nattrass – Recording Secretary


Nicolle 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). She has been on our board from the festival’s beginning.

Tamara McCarthy – Director


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). 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.