Our Staff

Management

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Sébastien Labelle (he/him/il/lui)
Executive Director

Sébastien Labelle is the Executive Director of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op. He took on this position in 2016 and has since led the development of the new co-op structure for the theatre as well as the campaign to save the Bus Stop through non-profit property ownership. He is French Canadian with distant mixed Algonquin ancestry and hails from the city of Gatineau settled on Odawa territory. Sébastien is also Festival Director for Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax, and a creative collaborator for the River Clyde Pageant in Epekwitk (PEI). He is a Merritt Award-nominated actor, a former union organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2, and longtime community organizer working on campaigns for economic and racial justice.

(Photo: James MacLean)

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Colleen MacIsaac (they/them)
Interim Rentals Manager

Colleen is a settler of Irish/Scottish descent, originally from Treaty Six Territory, who has worked as a volunteer with the Bus Stop Theatre since 2012 and is now temporarily taking on the mantle of employee! The Artistic Producer of The Villains Theatre, they are a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at NSCAD University, and have worked as a transdisciplinary artist and producer next to the great harbour Kjipuktuk for the last 15 years. The Co-Chair of Theatre Nova Scotia and board member of the Halifax Fringe, their current and recent projects as a theatre creator include A Beginner’s Guide to the Night Sky, TO: THE UNKNOWN, Shortcuts, and The Object at Trash Beach.

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Lara Lewis (she/her)
Interim General Manager

Lara is a queer mixed Mi’kmaw/settler theatre artist. Her artistic practice is based mainly in performing, dramaturgy, and writing. As a performer, past credits include work with Villains Theatre, Solo Chicken Productions, Heist, Atlantic Repertory Company, Theatre New Brunswick, Halifax Theatre for Young People, and Zuppa. As a dramaturge, she has worked independently and as a resident dramaturge at festivals and retreats with writers from all four Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Quebec, and New York. An emerging writer, Lara is a member of Nightwood Theatre’s 2022/23 Write From the Hip cohort. A former chair of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op’s board, she was awarded a Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Award for Outstanding Volunteer for her work. She has previously been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Lara is a founding member of the Glitter Bean Café Co-op, and a member of Glooscap First Nation. In her spare time, Lara like long walks in the woods, cross stitch, and programming screenings of horror movies at the Glitter Bean. She lives in a big gay house with some big gays and her cat. @thisislaralewis

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Audrey Eastwood (she/her)
(On Parental Leave) General Manager

Audrey Eastwood has been the General Manager of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op since 2017 and a volunteer since 2016. Hailing from the tiny community of Central Hampstead, NB, Audrey is a multi-disciplinary artist and Co-Founder and Artistic Producer of Terra Novella Theatre. She has worked as an actor, designer, musician, technician, fight choreographer, and makeup artist for a number of Halifax/Kjipuktuk based companies including Villain’s Theatre, Kick at the Dark Theatre Co-op, Halifax Summer Opera, Halifax Fringe, Votive Dance and Whale Song Theatre. In her spare time she loves cooking and sharing huge meals, spending time messing about in gardens and seeing as many shows at the Bus Stop as possible.

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Technical

Matt Downey (they/them) Technical Director Matt Downey is the Technical Director of The Bus Stop Theatre Co-op. Originally from St John’s Newfoundland, they have been working for The Bus Stop in multiple capacities for 10 years. Outside (and inside) the Bus Stop they are a lighting and set designer and queer theatre and circus artist, working with companies such as The Villians Theatre, Xara Choral Theatre, Halifax Pride, Workshirt Operahouse, Halifax Fringe, Halifax Summer Opera and Mayworks. Matt is so happy to finally see the Bus Stop own itself and is excited for the possibilities of the future. Everyone should be able to make and see art and the safety of our continued existence is critical to helping that be a sustainable reality in this city.

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Amelia George (she/her)
Assistant Technical Director & Custodian

Amelia graduated from Acadia University’s Theatre Production program in 2019 with a concentration in projection/video design. That being said, she can often be found doing a little bit of everything from lighting, to set and prop construction, costumes, stage management, painting, and whatever needs doing in-between. Since graduating, she has worked with several local companies across Nova Scotia/Mi’kma’ki, including The Villains Theatre, Ship’s Company Theatre, The Bus Stop Theatre, Valley Summer Theatre, and Quick as a Wink Theatre Society. Incapable of sitting still, Amelia is constantly in pursuit of new ways to create and present theatre that pushes boundaries.

Communications & Development

Kiana Josette (she/her)
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

African-Nova Scotian actor Kiana Josette discovered a passion for performing at a young age. Kiana spent most of her summers traveling with a dance troupe, and her winters singing in a choir. Community, art, and compassion have always been the most important things to Kiana, and it shows through the work she does with her engagement and participation in various boards, and by advocating for other disabled, neurodivergent, BIPOC artists and young adults like herself. Starting in social media and marketing with small theatres after finishing her education at NSCC, Kiana has now stepped into the world of administration and producing with Halifax Theatre For Young People, while still continuing to help local theatres with marketing and communications. When not in the office, Kiana can be found still loving to act. Recently, she has been seen as “Mary” in Two Planks and a Passion Theatre’s production of “Unity 1918”, “Gertie” in Mary-Colin Chisholm’s original play “Shadows in the Cove” produced by Mulgrave Road Theatre, and a Nova Scotian Women’s health documentary “I See You” directed and produced by Interwoven Films’s Amy Trefry.

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Donny Milwalkee (he/him)
Strategic Development Coordinator

Music director Donny Milwalkee has built a reputation for shaking the status quo. As a drummer, arranger, producer, performance trainer, and vocal coach, he is known for creating projects that shape culture. From building Toronto’s scene of live hip-hop cyphers and artist showcasing (100+ artists), to elite music education, to owning a live music venue and recording studio, and working with event producers to innovate concert experiences, each aspect receives treatment. Donny Milwalkee moves to create culture and community. This is through his showcasing band (The Dirty B-Sides), trap-jazz collective (game.set.trap), soca band (Yard Lime), and years of curation and collaboration for concerts, festivals, and events. He also owned and operated a lowcountry restaurant and live R&B music venue, recording studio, not-for-profit music school, and more. After moving to Halifax, he established a New Orleans streetbeat brass band (Fat Sundays), a developing showcasing band (The Dirty Seasides), and various other events. He currently works with the Bus Stop in supporting the African Nova Scotian Music Association usher in new ideas, initiatives, and programming to guide new pathways for community with expansion throughout Atlantic Canada.

Programming

Jordan Farmer (he/him)
StART Producer

Known professionally as Tempo, Jordan is a multifaceted creative entrepreneur with roots both in Ontario and Nova Scotia.  Starting as a dancer, Jordan worked with Concrete Roots and Unity Charity, developing a strong sense of community. Equipped with a thorough understanding and connection to music, this fuelled the need to take control of the very language that influenced his movement, ultimately resulting in the transition to production. Making the jump to music, the 2019 HopScotch All Styles winner has since dedicated his craft to becoming more involved in projects advocating for racial equality and artistic freedom throughout the Province.

Meg Hubley (they/she)
Writers Circle Producer

Meg Hubley is a writer/producer/director and mother from Kjipuktuk. Their plays and collaborations include EcoSystemEchoChamber co-written with Delilah Saunders (Halifax Theatre for Young People), Honey&Jupiter (H&J Collective/EDNS), and TreeGirl (Forerunner/Eastern Front), shortlisted for best theatre production by readers of The Coast. Meg received the 2017 Theatre Nova Scotia Emerging Artist Award, and their theatre reviews have been published locally and nationally, including The Globe & Mail. Meg is co-founder of The Bus Stop Theatre Writers’ Circle and Phyllis Rising Productions. In 2020 with Phyllis Rising co-founders Rebecca Falvey, Kat Shubaly and Nicole Cecile Holland, Meg produced their first short film “The Agnostics,” through the AFCOOP Film Five program.

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Andre Fenton (he/him)
Writers Circle Coordinator

Andre Fenton is an award-winning African Nova Scotian writer, author, spoken-word artist, and arts  educator who has represented Halifax at seven national poetry festivals across Canada. He was the 2015  recipient of The Spirit of The Slam Award. Andre is an author of two YA novels, Worthy of Love, which  won bronze in The Coast Best of, and was selected for In The Margins annual Fiction Recommendation  List to highlight best fiction and non-fiction titles focused on youth populations living in marginalized  existences. He is also the author of ANNAKA that was shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for  Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature in the 2021 Atlantic Book Awards. Through the lens of fiction  and poetry, Andre has facilitated workshops at over 30 schools across Nova Scotia helping young writers  and performers develop their craft. His forthcoming novel, The Summer Between Us, will be released  this spring, and he is working on a feature screenplay. Andre is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.