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.
Reema Fuller | Managing Director
Reema (she/her) is a leader and community builder. She has over 20 years’ experience in non-profit management and philanthropy across various sectors including education, healthcare, international development, politics, and arts & culture. Her diverse experience has provided her with a solid background in fund development, financial management, communications, stakeholder relations, strategic partnerships, and community outreach.
Reema works in collaboration with the Artistic Director at Festival Antigonish to lead the business and financial operations for the theatre. She is a strong believer in the critical role of the arts in building community and affecting social change, and she is proud to work with a team of like-minded, talented, and dedicated colleagues and artists towards this goal.
Reema has a degree in Business Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She moved to Nova Scotia in 2007 with her husband, and they are proud parents to ten-year old twins. In 2019, she was recognized by Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) as one of twenty second-generation immigrants making an impact on the social and cultural fabric of the province.
Reema is fluent in three languages – English, Hindi, and Punjabi – and continues to attempt to learn French from her kids. She enjoys theatre of all kinds, but especially the kind that makes you think.
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.
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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.
Board of Directors
Dr. Joseph Khoury
Dr. Peggy Gallant
Dr. Minoli Amit