Company Leadership Team
Ian Campbell | Artistic Director
Ian Campbell is a theatre artist and drama educator from Ottawa, Ontario who has found his home in St. John’s. He is enthusiastic about combining his background as an artist and an educator to serve Shakespeare by the Sea's unique mandate of creating high quality theatre while building community and fostering artistic and personal growth among SBTS company members. Recent acting highlights include playing Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Funeral Pyre Theatre), Bill in Perfect Wedding (Joint Productions), and Duncan in A Pirate Play (Out of a Box Kid’s Theatre). Directing highlights include Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, and Shylock (SBTS), Boeing Boeing and Don’t Dress for Dinner (Joint Productions), The Pavilion (Nothing On Productions), and Seussical the Musical (Althouse Productions). Ian passionately believes in the value of Shakespeare in education, and often draws on Shakespearean storylines in his workshops with English as a Second Language students at Memorial University. His children’s version of Richard III is published as part of the Playing with Plays series, a collection of short and humorous interpretations of classics adapted to be performed by or for youth. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from York University and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Western Ontario.
has been involved with SBTS on and off since 1997, both on stage and
behind the scenes. He is an accomplished playwright
and freelances as a writer, director, actor, graphic designer and
videographer. He recently completed an Atlantic Canadian tour of his award-winning play Roomies, and received support from the Canada Council for the Arts to write a
new play entitled Crippled.
Sabrina is an experienced and, often times, professional actor and singer/songwriter who has performed in a plethora of plays, musical productions and bars in St. John's. As a true Gemini, her "other half" excels is logistics and administration... and Excel spreadsheets!! These skills, among others, are what she continues to offer to the Festival as a Board Member, and as head of the Marketing & Communications committee. You may have seen her running around as the Coordinator of our Medieval Feast fundraisers. In her 'spare' time, Sabrina makes a living as the Executive Assistant at the Conseil scolaire francophone (French School Board) here is St. John's.
Sandra is an IT Consultant with Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as a local actor, singer, and director, and his been involved in every Shakespeare by the Sea season since 2013. She is also a member of local theatre company St. John's Players, and the chair of V-Day St. John's, part of a global movement to raise awareness and end violence against women and girls.
Board of Directors
Raymond Critch | Chair of the Board
Prior to becoming involved with the Board, Ray was an actor/musician/thorn in the director’s side with the festival for two years on Signal Hill. He is now in his second year as Chair. He works with Goodland Buckingham, where he makes good use of his LL.B. from UNB. He also teaches at Memorial University, where he makes occasional use of his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. He lives in his hometown of St. John’s. He is mostly harmless. In addition to Shakespeare, he likes a wide array of things, from swimming to opera, from D&D to Tottenham Hotspur FC. There are no things he likes more than his son Reid.
Andrew Halliday | Vice-Chair
Andrew has been an alumni of the Festival since 1999, board member since 2015, and avid human being for almost 4 decades. He studied theatre at Ryerson University in the late 90’s and has appeared in numerous performances with the Festival as well as other groups throughout St. John’s. He has also acted as an unofficial good will ambassador for Newfoundland in his many travels to various random locations around the world. Fairly absent from any stage over the past 10 years, he currently “acts” as a Project Manager with Provincial Aerospace, and is happy to believe that his years of experiences bring some talent, skill and enthusiasm to board. He and his wife Amanda (also an alumni of the Festival) live in St. John’s with their new baby (and future Festival Alumnus).
Jean Graham | Treasurer
Jean Graham is a communications professional in St. John's. She has worked for media, Memorial University, an opposition caucus office, and as an independent contractor. A mother of two daughters (one of whom is also a Festival alumna), Jean has been involved with SBTS since 2008, both onstage and in Board roles. There are many things she loves and appreciates about the festival, but the sheer weather-defying audacity of making an outdoor performance-based festival work in St. John's for decades is right up there.
Stephen Samson | Secretary
Since his first season with the festival in 2012, Stephen Samson has done almost every job possible with the festival, including the roles of costumer, stage manager, actor, director, graphic designer, and finally becoming a member of the board in 2017. Stephen is also a core member of the St. John's theatre company Joint Productions, where he also wears many hats on each production.
David Maher is a local journalist who currently writes for the business magazine AllNL. David debuted with the festival in 2012 performing in Above and Below. Since then he has returned to the stage with SBTS several times, and also served as festival coordinator. David has previously been a member of the board with Sandbox Gaming, and is a core member of the St. John's theatre company Joint Productions.
Bridget's passion is theatre and she is proud to sit on the Board of Directors for Shakespeare by the Sea. She has been performing Shakespeare
since 2005 in various roles as part of A Midsummer Nights Dream, Taming of the Shrew (where she played a very newfie version of Biondello), and Comedy of Errors,
to name a few.