Board of Directors
Jon Allen (he/him)
Jon played Bob Cratchit in SSP’s first production A Christmas Carol. Since then he has been involved in most of their shows as either an actor or director. In 2002, he decided to try his hand at writing a musical, and on March 31, 2006 at the Pearl Theatre in Lunenburg, Gentlemen of Fortune opened. In 2011, Jon directed his original English farce called Nothing like a Quiet Weekend, which was also featured at the Pearl Theatre. In 2008, in collaboration with Dave Brumwell & Hank Middleton, he wrote and performed in Glimpses, an historical musical review. Since then, he has written two children’s stories, a musical based on Alice in Wonderland – The Caterpillar Tales, and two short one act plays, Lines of Communication and Moving Parts. He still enjoys golf and playing music and of course – Community Theatre!
John "Birdie" Bird (he/him)
Involved with music since 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. Past work includes with Neptune Theatre, Winds of Change Theatre Group, and CBC Radio Drama, plus is a past and present member of several bands and groups in Nova Scotia. His contributions to South Shore Players are music arranging and playing in the pit orchestras. He shares a love of the arts with his wife Ruth, our Treasurer.
Ruth Buchanan Bird (she/her)
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. And she loves being Nana to 5 grandchildren! Past volunteer work includes Treasurer of the Bridgewater & Area Performing Arts Society, Show Secretary of South Shore Horsemen’s Club, many school and sports activities, and a Red Cross Therapy Dog handler. She is honoured to volunteer as treasurer for South Shore Players along side her husband, musician, teacher, and current Vice President, John Bird.
June Davidson (she/her)
June landed in Lunenburg in 2017 after a lengthy career in communications and marketing at Dalhousie University. The move was a bit of a full circle, as she’d started out as a reporter at Bridgewater’s CKBW radio in the early ‘80s. Years later and newly retired, her question was: “What to do now?” After decades away from the stage, she decided to audition for – and landed – a role in SSP’s Locally Yours. That was followed by more acting, various workshops and a role with SSP’s executive. “Theatre is like play,” says June. And what could be more fun than that?
Colleen Naomi (she/her)
Colleen has been involved in theatre since the early 1990’s as 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 the South Shore Players. She is thrilled to have been your Artistic Director since 2016!
Sheilagh Woods (she/her)
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 Avonlee in the South Shore Players’ production of Anne of Green Gables. Upon discovering there were openings on the SSP’s Board of Directors, she volunteered her services and was welcomed with open arms. Sitting on a Board was also new to Sheilagh but she felt her many years of clerical experience would allow her to “star” in her “leading role” as the SSP’s Communications Director.
Dayle Crouse (she/her)
Dayle studied Costume Design at Dalhousie University and went on to work in the museum world for a decade. After a cross-Canada move and a need to come back home to the ocean, Dayle was introduced to the South Shore Players through a friend. This will be her third production with the South Shore Players where she will continue to lurk behind the shadows with needle and thread.
Veronica Garber (she/her)
Veronica has been involved with South Shore Players since 2009, often in the role of Stage Manager. 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.
John Solman (he/him)
John is a fairly recent arrival on the South Shore where he and his wife have retired to an ocean-front property in Lower Rose Bay. John has been active in community and small professional theatre for over 40 years in numerous backstage roles including carpenter, stage manager, technical director, production manager, board member and lighting designer/technician. Now he is primarily a Lighting Designer. Over the years he has designed lighting for close to 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.