Our Team

Andrea Boyd, Artistic Director

Andrea Boyd | Artistic Director

Andrea Boyd (she/her) is a director, playwright and theatre educator. As Artistic Director of Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, her directing credits include Robin Hood: The Great Escape, The Goodnight Bird, Stage Kiss, Hope and Gravity, Ben Hur and Burnin’ Love. For Theatre Antigonish, she directed Girls Like That, The Ash Girl, Eurydice, and Sunshine on Leith, among others. She has also directed at The Grand Theatre, Theatre Lac Brome, NotableActs, Keyano Theatre and the University of Alberta.

Writing credits include Robin Hood: The Great Escape (with Laura Teasdale) Hector the Spectre Steals the Show for Festival Antigonish Radio Theatre, Angel’s River, produced by Live Bait Theatre, Notable Acts Theatre Company and Sault Community Theatre, Stalker: The Musical, with songs by Paul Morgan Donald, staged reading though Canadian Centre for Theatre Creation; Molly, presented in conjunction with the New Works festival at the University of Alberta & Sage Theatre’s Ignite Festival; and Kid Sister, presented by Found Productions. For the Love of Gracie Gray was the recipient of the 2013 Write-On-Q Quebec Playwrighting Competition and received a staging workshop with Live Bait Theatre and a reading with Eastern Front Theatre.

Andrea believes in creating theatre that speaks to the community and that is inclusive; that supports female artists and Canadian artists; and that can bring about transformation by encouraging empathy. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta, where she also taught for several years in the drama department. She is from New Brunswick, and has taught and directed across the country, but is delighted to call Antigonish home.


Ingrid Risk, Production Manager

Ingrid Risk | Production Manager

Ingrid (she/her) has enjoyed a richly varied production career which has led her to take on a variety of roles such as stage manager, designer, technical director, production manager, prop builder, technician, and carpenter. Ingrid has helped shape venue design, curated arts-theatre spaces, taught theatre stagecraft courses at StFX University, and mentored young professionals.

Ingrid has worked with many leading Atlantic theatre companies. She has toured extensively, taking productions to venues nationally and internationally, from Labrador to the Yukon to NYC, including several stops at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the Cultural Olympiad at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Before returning to FAST as production manager, Ingrid’s focus had been on lighting design and stage management where she has received countless nominations for her work, and is the recipient of several Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards. Her passion is for spare, interesting, and meaningful pieces of theatre that convey important ideas about the human experience.

Production Office: (902) 867-2264 | c: (902) 870-1723

Ashley Pettipas, Operations & Digital Media Coordinator

Ashley Pettipas | Manager, Operations & Audience Relations

Ashley (she/her) has been involved with the theatre since 2014 while being a student at StFX when her first role was as the Company Photographer. Her responsibilities have grown over the years and in 2020 joined the Bauer Theatre staff on a permanent basis. A marketing graduate with First Class Honours, Ashley also holds an Honours Certificate from NSCC’s Applied Media and Communications Arts program that helped hone her training in media production such as videography, photography, website design, and graphic design.

In her position, Ashley assists with the marketing of Festival Antigonish through visual mediums as well as providing administrative support for the smooth operational running of the theatre. Occasionally she heads special projects related to the current shows on at the theatre, such as creating a short film (Ben Hur, 2019), knitting costume pieces (Stage Kiss, 2017), or driving the accessible-friendly golf cart for the 2021 outdoor production of Robin Hood: The Great Escape. In her free time, she also can be found on stage or backstage volunteering with Theatre Antigonish productions, but most often will have a knitting project on hand in her spare time.

(902) 867-3954

Board of Directors

Dr. Peggy Gallant - Board Member

Dr. Peggy Gallant


Dr. Minoli Amit - Board Member

Dr. Minoli Amit


Dr. Joseph Khoury - Chair

Dr. Joseph Khoury

Board Member

Rosemary Curry - Board Member

Rosemary Curry

Board Member

Chad Relf - Board Member

Chad Relf

Board Member

Eric Atkinson - Board Member

Eric Atkinson

Board Member

Ken Kingston - Board Member

Ken Kingston

Board Member


Briana Lynch-Rankin

Theatre Antigonish Representative