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LunaSea Theatre


Martha Irving, Mary-Colin Chisholm, Mauralea Austin,  Sherry Smith: LunaSea foundersAbout LunaSea

LunaSea Theatre Company seeks to give voice to women’s stories and perspectives and to showcase the rich diversity of female theatrical artists while creating essential, world-class theatre in Nova Scotia. Projects are artist-initiated, driven by creative passion and characterised by a constant striving for excellence and innovation.  

LunaSea Theatre Company started in 2006 as a co-op production of “The Donahue Sisters” by Geraldine Aron at the TNS Studio Space on Agricola, which was picked up by Festival Antigonish for their summer second stage. The members of the co-op, 4 senior members of the Nova Scotia theatre community with over a century of experience between them, decided to form a company and incorporated on March 27, 2007 as LunaSea Theatre Company.

We have gone on to produce numerous plays, and have received nominations at the Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards; in 2009 receiving eight, more than any other theatre company, and winning Best Supporting Actress. LunaSea was also included in the Chronicle Herald’s “Honour Roll” at the end of 2008, “recognizing members from our arts community who took giant steps forward this year.” Our productions have been picked up by Festival Antigonish, played the SuperNova Theatre Festival and the Chester Playhouse.  LunaSea Theatre’s mandate is to produce plays of artistic merit which  expand the theatrical experience, highlight the contributions and talents of women to theater, and to mentor young artists.

LunaSea's Artistic Directors: Ailsa Galbreath and Kathleen Dorian

Ailsa Galbreath and Kathleen Dorian are the Artistic Directors of LunaSea.
Ailsa Galbreath (left) and Kathleen Dorian (right)









Ailsa is a theatre artist based in Kjipuktuk (Dartmouth), Nova Scotia. She is a graduate of the University of  King’s College and Neptune’s Pre-Professional Training Program.  Most recently, Ailsa performed in Mary Vingoe’s Some Blow Flutes. She appeared in LunaSea’s production of Slut:The Play. She has worked with PARC, HomeFirst, Zuppa Theatre, LunaSea Theatre Co, Neptune Theatre (School Tour), Halifax Theatre for Young People, Villain's Theatre, QueerActs Theatre Festival, Misery Loves Theatre Co and [elephants] collective. Ailsa is also currently studying to certify as a teacher of the Interactive Teaching Method of the Alexander Technique.

Kathleen is a theatre artist also based in Kjipuktuk (Dartmouth). She is a DalTheatre graduate (2011), Atlantic Cirque graduate (2012) and Zuppa Theatre collaborator on How Small How Far Way (Robin). In recent years Kathleen assistant directed Some Blow Flutes by esteemed writer/director Mary Vingoe, and worked with Zuppa Theatre in This Is Nowhere. She has been on three tours with Mermaid Theatre performing black-light puppet shows across the US, China and Singapore (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, My Favourite Story Book/Guess How Much I Love You, The Rainbow Fish).

Together, Kathleen and Ailsa make up half of clown-troupe-turned-theatre-company Tea Time Creation Co, also founded by James Maclean and Gina Thornhill. They have created original works with Tea Time (First Date/Last Date, Gina is Dead) and brought a new take to the classics with their hit Romeo & Juliet: A Drink Along. As a duo, Kathleen and Ailsa have created The Arborists (Skampede Festival, Victoria) and A Period Piece (Kinetic Open Series). Kathleen and Ailsa are passionate about new work, subverting expectation and feminist storytelling.