2b has a new co-leader. LaMeia Reddick was selected as the company’s Executive Director after an extensive search. Reddick will lead the company along with founding Artistic Director, Christian Barry.
“LaMeia has been an inspiration. Throughout the search process, LaMeia displayed a rare degree of passion, integrity, wisdom, and warmth.” says Barry. “She embodies everything I hope to be as a leader. I eagerly look forward to writing the next chapter at 2b with LaMeia.”
Reddick has deep roots in North Preston and Dartmouth and has grown her career as a community engagement specialist through her work and volunteerism with many dynamic initiatives, including the North Preston Surf Program, Arts Culture Community Economics Halifax (A.C.C.E HFX), One North End Community Economic Development Society (O.N.E), and community partner for Canada’s National Ballet School, Sharing Dance project. LaMeia holds the Chair position on the Board of Directors of Halifax’s Wonder’neath Arts Society.
Reddick is inspired to bring her diverse skill set to 2b, an organization with a remarkable track record that is not afraid to take risks and is embracing change. “2b theatre took a bold stance in their search for a new Executive Director. I was drawn to the search process by their statement of intent to divest from cultural and social norms of white supremacy. 2b took the time to listen and learn as part of a rigorous search to find a visionary leader to join their team. I am thrilled about the opportunity to bring my gifts and skills to the company. I am showing up with love, care, and curiosity,” said Reddick
2b’s Board Chair, Daniela Bassan was a member of the search committee: “Our search process was an amazing team effort. This included the community volunteers on our search committee who were at the heart of the process, the members of the 2b board who offered their encouragement and support, and Catherine Woodman who led the search committee with tremendous success,” said Bassan. The committee included Board Members: Catherine Woodman (Committee Chair), Daniela Bassan, Monique Leblanc, and Charla Williams, 2b’s Artistic Director: Christian Barry, and Community Representatives: Jacob Sampson, Gordon Patrick White, and Monica Esteves. Committee details and bios can be found on the 2b Website.
“2b would also like to acknowledge the great work done by Placemaking 4G, a local search firm with whom we partnered for this search. P4G was founded to improve lives, livelihoods and futures in Atlantic Canada, and we couldn’t be happier with their work,” says Barry. “Besides having a terrific result from our search process, we’ve also built lasting relationships with Bradley Daye, Matt Thomson, and the team at P4G.”
For more than 21 years, 2b has been contributing to the Nova Scotian cultural landscape. Growing from a fledgling student start-up into a key cultural institution in Halifax, and an internationally respected leader at the vanguard of new theatre creation. 2b’s work has been presented in 64 cities, in 13 countries, on five continents, and in three languages. 2b’s productions have won awards and accolades around the world, including an Edinburgh Fringe First, two Herald Angel Awards, the Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks award, six Drama Desk Award nominations, and a New York Times Critics pick.
2b announced changes in the leadership and the structure of the company last July when the work stoppage associated with the global pandemic catalysed decisions from co-founder Anthony Black and administrative leaders Karen Gross and Colleen MacIsaac to change career paths. Since that time, the company has benefited greatly from the experienced interim leadership of Louisa Adamson, who has been the Interim General Manager at 2b after almost 20 years as the company’s Director of Production. Adamson will be a key part of shepherding the company through the transition, remaining in place as interim GM through the end of July.
“I’m looking forward to building cross-cultural connections and digging into the rich history of the performing arts community in Nova Scotia,” said Reddick. “The 2b team has put together a thorough training plan with lots of time and resources allocated to bring me into the fold and up to speed on national and local industry realities. Stepping into the Executive Director position at 2b theatre company at this time in history is a real gift.”
Francesca Masters, Director of Development and Communications: