Our Board of Directors

Celia Rossiter (she/her)

Celia is an actor and educator based in Kjipuktuk/ Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University, where she received an Honours in Acting at the Fountain School of Performing Arts and a minor in Psychology. She has since focused a lot on early childhood development and teaching; traveling to Italy to teach English using theatre, dance and singing practices; and teaching confidence through musical theatre with Stagecoach Halifax. Celia received her Bachelor of Education and has been teaching in the community incorporating her acting training into her teaching career. Celia hopes to continue to help provide opportunities for children to explore the arts and help our growing community around the Bus Stop Theatre connect more with programs and events we host.

 

Koumbie (she/they)

Koumbie is an award winning actor, director, writer and producer based in Kjipuktuk/ Halifax, Nova Scotia. In front of the camera they have appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including YTV’s Aquateam, CBC’s Mr. D, Studio Black, Diggstown, Moonshine, and the final season of Outtv’s Sex & Violence. Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of award winning short films, including the Short Film Face-Off winner Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave film, Ariyah & Tristan’s Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode of Studio Black S2. In 2016 she was named a “One to Watch” by Sea in Be Scene, in 2018 she was selected as a Five in Focus – Atlantic director and in the same year won a Telefilm Talent to Watch grant. In 2022 Koumbie received a Wave Award for their dedication to the industry and was named by Atlantic Business as one of their top 30 under 30. As an advocate and community member she serves as Vice President on ACTRA Maritimes Council, chair of WIFT-Atlantic and on numerous other boards and committees. Their passion for equity, safety and inclusion has also led them to become one of the first Intimacy Coordinators in Atlantic Canada. Her feature film bystanders recently premiered at Atlantic International Film Festival where is took home The Best Atlantic Script Award. Koumbie is drawn to stories that feature new voices and perspectives.

 

Allison Watkins (she/her)

Allison Watkins is a senior accountant with Grant Thornton. She graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and completed her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation a few years later. Throughout high school and university she was an avid ballet dancer. During her time in Calgary she continued to be involved in the dance community by volunteering at a dance studio for autistic children. Since moving to Halifax in 2019, Allison has enjoyed supporting the local arts community and is excited to combine two of her passions…numbers and the arts!

 

Keith Morrison (he/him)

Keith Morrison is a Co-instigator and the Show Pope of Lions Den Theatre. He is a graduate of Cape Breton University (BA, Certificates in Theatre Arts & Heritage Studies) and Memorial University of Newfoundland (B.Ed). Keith has worn many artistic hats with several companies and organizations since 1991 when he skipped a tennis lesson in favour of a drama class. Over the past few years, he’s focused on creating digital audio content with Lions Den Audio Theatre and collaborators throughout the world. Keith is a firm supporter of making “the arts” extremely accessible to all who want to experience it. “Anyone can do it, anywhere can be a space, anything can be art.”

 

Kamilah Apong (she/her)

Kamilah’s community arts practice is grounded in a climate of care, honesty, and sustainability. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in social equity theory, she quit her job to work full time in the music community arts sectors. her approach to community education subverts top-down learning hierarchies in exchange for participatory environments. she uses popular education tools, anti-oppression frameworks, and self reflexivity in her practice. she often incorporates a variety of arts-based techniques in her work. she has raised over $800,000 for her community development initiatives, which have served over 600+ artists across the country. Her musicianship has seen her grace stages such as the JUNOS, TIFF, and Electric Island. one of her proudest moments is when a fan approached her and said “when you sing, the sun shines out of your eyes”. She’s also a queer 90’s babe, a sailor moon stan, and likes to relax to ASMR mukbang.

 

Cat MacKeigan (they/them)

Dr. Cat MacKeigan is Faculty for the graduate Non-Profit Leadership program in the School of Business and Creative Industries at NSCC and an experienced arts management and cultural policy expert with leadership experience in performing arts and public sector organizations in Atlantic Canada and Ontario. They hold a BA(H) from Bishop’s University, an MPA and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Dalhousie University, and have taught on themes such as leadership, management, cultural policy, and creative industry at several universities. They also serve as a consultant, board director, and advisor to various non-profit organizations and governing bodies. Cat’s areas of expertise include organizational management, public policy, arts and events management, institutional relations, and equity and inclusion practices. They have presented their research at national and international conferences, highlighting the interplay between the creative sector, government policy, and civil society. In their free time, Cat enjoys hiking and participating in canine agility sports.

 

Mo Phùng (they/them)

Mo is a photographer and visual artist based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). Born in Kespukwitk (Yarmouth), they hold a complex institutional and creative background in Marine Biology, Ocean Technology, visual arts, and photography. They currently work as an Alchemist of Ancestral Services at Future Ancestors Services Inc., providing consulting, strategic planning, policy auditing and organizational training services. Their creative work processes extend into documentary portraiture, archival exploration, on land/underwater film photography.

 

Jason Edwards (he/him)

Jason is a Halifax/Kjipuktuk lawyer practicing in the areas of labour, employment, human rights, and administrative law. He primarily represents employees and unions, though he also represents some employers, mostly not-for-profits and small businesses. In his not-for-profit practice, Jason provides advice and representation to societies on matters such as organizational governance, policy development, and employment. Jason is a founding member of the Halifax Workers’ Action Centre and coordinates its legal information and support clinics. He enjoys live theatre, comedy, and all the performing arts.

 

Lydia Zimmer (she/her)

A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Halifax born Lydia Zimmer has been creating dance work in Nova Scotia and abroad for several years. Her most recent creations include Mercurials commissioned by Mocean Dance (2022), Doubling of Time for The Boston Conservatory (2023), and Xenofauna, created for Atlantic Ballet Theatre’s ImpactFest, 2023. In August 2023, Lydia was featured at Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) where she premiered an excerpt of The Devil’s Intervals. In the fall of 2023 Lydia received the Emerging Artist Recognition Award through Arts NS and Creative Nova Scotia. In December 2023, the launch of her company, Zimmerdans, and the full-length version of The Devil’s Intervals premiered as a part of Live Art Dance’s Mainstage series with standing ovations and two sold-out shows. Lydia will be travelling to Ireland to attend the Síolta Residency with Galway Dance in June 2024.