Board of Directors

Jon Allen

Jon Allen

President

Jon played Bob Cratchit in SSP’s first production, A Christmas Carol. Since then, he has been either an actor or director in almost every SSP show. His musical, Gentlemen of Fortune, opened in Lunenburg in 2006. In 2008, working with Dave Brumwell and Hank Middleton, Jon wrote and performed in Glimpses, an historical musical revue. In 2011, Jon directed his original English farce, Nothing like a Quiet Weekend. He has written two children’s stories, a musical (The Caterpillar Tales, based on Alice in Wonderland), and two one-act plays (Lines of Communication and Moving Parts). Outside the theatre, he enjoys golf and playing music.

John Solman (he/him)

John Solman (he/him)

Vice-President (Technical Advisor)

John and his wife lived and worked in Ottawa for many years before retiring to the South Shore a few years ago. In Ottawa, he had a professional career in IT and then in residential renovations. In parallel, John has been active in community and small professional theatre for more than 40 years in numerous backstage roles including carpenter, stage manager, technical director, production manager, Board member and lighting designer/technician. With SSP, he is primarily a Lighting Designer. Over the years he has designed lighting for almost 200 shows in the Ottawa area, ranging from large Broadway musicals to small shows in intimate venues. Locally, he has worked on all SSP shows since 2017.

Dianne Lapierre (she/her)

Dianne Lapierre (she/her)

Secretary

Dianne is originally from Kitchener, Ontario and spent 9 years living in Vancouver BC while working as a senior IT leader in the financial services industry.  She and her husband recently retired and moved to the South Shore to be closer to family here and in Ontario.  An avid theatre goer, she volunteered for Bard on the Beach (Vancouver Shakespeare Festival) for several years.  Since moving to Nova Scotia, she’s been active in the Bridgewater Curling Club and the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia (SCANS) as a member and in leadership and technical support roles as well as enjoying the community.  When not volunteering, she enjoys traveling across North America with her husband in her RV and kayaking.

Ruth Buchanan Bird

Ruth Buchanan Bird

Treasurer

A New Brunswick-born air force brat, Ruth returned to the East Coast after a 20-year stint in the Northern Ontario mining industry, making the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia her home. Ruth loves being Nana to five grandchildren. Past volunteer work includes serving as Treasurer of the Bridgewater and Area Performing Arts Society, Show Secretary of South Shore Horsemen’s Club, a Red Cross Therapy Dog handler, and being involved with several school and sports activities. She is honoured to volunteer as Treasurer for South Shore Players alongside her husband – musician and teacher, John Bird.

Colleen Naomi (she/her)

Colleen Naomi (she/her)

Artistic Director

Colleen has been involved in theatre since the early 1990s as an actor, director and stage manager. Since 2010, she has offered a variety of theatre workshops and programs for children and adults. She is active as a playwright and touring performer. Colleen is a regular director and performer with South Shore Players. She is thrilled to have been Artistic Director since 2016.

Danielle Wilson

Danielle Wilson

Director

Danielle designed sets and costumes for École de La Rive-Sud for several years, before working on SSP’s The Wizard of Oz . Working on that play for SSP  was so much fun that she went off to study Technical Theatre at FSPA (Dalhousie University) for 4 years where she specialized in Set and Prop design.  Between Dal, Neptune, Theatre Baddeck and Valley Theatre, Danielle has worked on 18 productions since 2015.  She had lots of fun designing and building props, painting sets and learning the basics about lighting design.  Danielle looks forward to being involved in many aspects of South Shore Players.
Jean Ellis

Jean Ellis

Director (Marketing)

After retiring from a major oil and gas company in Calgary, Jean moved to Burlington Ontario. There she discovered her inner desire to perform by joining the Burlington Footnotes, a senior performing troupe.  Jean performed with an ensemble dance group and a vocal group performing Broadway musicals at their annual “Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance” production. After moving to Nova Scotia in 2019, Jean was thrilled to discover the South Shore Players. “Though calling myself a golfer would be a stretch, I enjoy golfing in the summer.

John Bird

John Bird

Director

Involved with music since he was a toddler, ‘Birdie’ attended the University of Portland, Oregon, studying clarinet and composition. His accolades include Best Song from the Nova Scotia Theatre Festival, and the Lescarbot Award for contributions to the artistic life of the Liverpool area. He has worked with Neptune Theatre, Winds of Change Theatre Group, and CBC Radio Drama. John is also a past and present member of several bands and groups in Nova Scotia. His contributions to South Shore Players include music arranging and playing in the pit orchestras. He shares a love of the arts with his wife, Ruth, SSP’s Treasurer.

Sheilagh Woods (she/her)

Sheilagh Woods (she/her)

Director (Communications)

Sheilagh spent 30+ years as an Administrative Assistant at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax. After retiring in 2013, she relocated to ‘Martins Riviera.’ She made her theatrical debut in 2015 as a Lady of Avonlea in the South Shore Players’ production of Anne of Green GablesUpon discovering there was an opening on SSP’s Board of Directors, she volunteered her services and was welcomed with open arms. Sitting on a Board was new to Sheilagh, but many years of clerical experience allows her to star in her leading role as SSP’s Communications Director.

Teresa Patterson

Teresa Patterson

Director

Teresa joined South Shore Players in 2014 and has since worked in nearly every capacity, from on-stage to backstage to front-of-house, as well as directing and producing.  Teresa ventured into writing during playwriting sessions offered through the South Shore Players’ “Locally Yours” program.  Teresa was instrumental in creating the “Happily Ever Afters” Valentine cabaret.  She is currently serving a second stint as secretary of the Board of Directors and sits on the Fundraising Committee.
Tracey Seutter (she/her)

Tracey Seutter (she/her)

Director (Fund Raising)

Tracey is a newer Board member. She has experience in high school theatre productions in behind the scenes and fundraising or sponsorship capacities, as well as serving on the Boards of The County Clothesline Foundation and Festival Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Tracey is mom to five amazing adults and is becoming involved in Bridgewater since moving here four years ago. She has happily jumped into the roles of fundraising and sponsorship in the SSP’s Fundraising Committee.

Veronica Garber

Veronica Garber

Director (Props)

Veronica has been involved with South Shore Players since 2009, often in the role of Stage Manager including the productions The Grinch, Oliver and Anne of Green Gables. In 2017, she took on the role of Props Director. When not at the theatre, Veronica is busy with pet photography and teaching dog agility at Scotia’s Agility and Dog Sports School.