Who We Are

 

Bryony Dixon General Manager   

Bryony Dixon is a multimedia artist, administrator, and researcher whose work stems from performance based practice. She holds a B.A. in Drama from Queen Mary University of London (UK) and a Master’s in Film Aesthetics from The University of Oxford (UK). Bryony has showcased numerous performance art projects with Guggenheim-winning artist Lois Weaver (London, 2012); performed in a sell-out physical theatre production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2011); assisted social practice visual artist, Susanne Lacy, with her Silver Action installation at the Tate Modern (2013); and has worked on diverse theatrical productions such as Punchdrunk Theatre’s immersive ‘The Crash of the Elysium’ (Manchester International Festival, 2011); Brecht’s ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ (Oxford Playhouse, 2014); Norm Foster’s ‘Self Help’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (Kimberly Summer Theatre, 2013). 

Now based in Nanaimo, Bryony is committed to serving the artistic growth of her new community through spirited collaborations; whilst continuing to create commissioned visual/performance art works and freelancing as a dramaturg/artistic consultant.

Tamara McCarthy – Chair, Board of Directors

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.

Jonathan Hamilton Vice Chair, Board of Directors

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Jonathan is a Nanaimo local who is happiest when climbing up a rock wall, crushing local trails on his mountain bike or with a surfboard on his hip. When he’s not making the most of living on the wild west coast, he can be found with a script in hand.Jonathan has appeared recently in Enchanted April (Echo Players), Dead Metaphor (Western Edge Theatre), Be A Man  (Kismet Theatre Collective), Reasons to be Pretty (Western Edge Theatre), Lone Star (Kismet Theatre Collective) and Making Tracks (Western Edge Theatre)

Brianna Wiens Secretary, Board of Directors

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Brianna is an actor, producer, writer, and director originally from Cobble Hill. A graduate of the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at Capilano University, Brianna has spent the last decade working in theatre and film in Vancouver and last year made the move home to the island. Her collaborative spirit has driven the course of her career and she is always keen to work on new and devised pieces. This has lead her from stage to screen, and everywhere in between, and she continues to push her creative boundaries in the best possible ways. Recent theatre credits include Last Wife in Calling Home (SNAFU/Theatre Skam), Carly in Reasons to be Pretty (Western Edge), Narrator in Hipstory (Spec Theatre), Sam Sawyer in Leftovers (Dark Matter) and Female Actor in This is a Play (Ode Movements). An advocate for women’s voices in comedy, Brianna is co-producer and co-writer of the series Girls vs. The City, currently in its second season. You can watch the series on YouTube, as well as Season 2 on Telus Optik TV (July 30th).

Rebecca Woytiuk Treasurer, Board of Directors

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Rebecca is a trained stage manager and artistic administrator with a background in theatre, opera, and dance. She is a York University and MacEwan University graduate and is a recent transplant to Nanaimo from Edmonton, AB. Rebecca also serves as a board member-at-large for Crimson Coast Dance Society and works for the Vancouver Island Symphony. She brings her objectivity, tact, keen sense of systems and fairness to any team and feels passionately about the enriching benefits of the arts to any age group and demographic. She is especially excited about enriching the lives of Nanaimo’s theatre lovers with a growing local Fringe Festival. 

Nicolle Nattrass – Officer at Large, Board of Directors

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.

Ayla Harris – Officer at Large, Board of Directors

Ayla is a BBA student at VIU who additionally studies stagecraft, and previously studied interior design at the University of Calgary. She first discovered her passion for technical theatre in high school, and may now be found rushing around the lobby of Nanaimo’s Malaspina Theatre. Ayla is thrilled to be given opportunities to welcome audiences to engaging and inspiring theatre productions that she supports her peers, and other emerging artists, in taking from page to stage.