2b was founded in 1999 by Christian Barry, Anthony Black, Andrea Dymond, Zach Fraser, and Angela Gasparetto, and incorporated in May 2000 as Bunnies in the Headlights Theatre. In 2004 Barry and Black became artistic co-directors, refined the company’s artistic and operational vision with increased emphasis on touring, and renamed the company 2b.
Christian is a co-founder and artistic co-director of 2b theatre company. He has directed shows at prestigious festivals and theatres around the world.
Christian was nominated for four individual Drama Desk Awards in 2018, including Best Director, and received a nomination for Best Produciton. He won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production, and was nominated for an Outstanding Director Dora. Other select awards: Three Theatre NS Merritt Awards for Outstanding Direction (nine nominations), Two for Outstanding New Play, and two for Outstanding Lighting Design. Christian received the 2008 Halifax Mayor’s award for an Emerging Artist, and the 2006-7 Urjo Kareda residency grant at the Tarragon Theatre.
Directing credits for 2b theatre company: Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, The God that Comes, Homage, Revisited, The Russian Play, The Story of Mr. Wright, East of Berlin, Manners of Dying, and Cherry Docs. His productions have played at renowned venues and festivals including Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Magnetic North Festival, PuSh, Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts, Noorderzon, Aarhus Festival, Theaterformen Hanover, Luminato, World Stage, and 59E59 (Off-Broadway in New York City).
His projects with 2b include: The Bridge by Shauntay Grant (director); One Discordant Violin (based on a short story by Yann Martel- adaptor/ do-director/ performer/ set design); When it Rains, (writer/ director/ performer), which has played across Canada and around the world- he also directed a Spanish Language version of the show in Buenos Aires; Invisible Atom, (writer/ performer) which toured for over a decade across Canada and around the world, in both English and French; Homage (writer); The Observed Flight of Birds (co-director/ lead writer); Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel by Michael MacKenzie (director); Rebecca Reads Nora Reads Molly -text by James Joyce (concept/ direction) The Story of Mr. Wright (co-director/ co-creator)
Anthony’s work has won awards and critical acclaim around the world and has travelled to some of the world’s most prestigious arts festivals and venues, in cities across Canada and abroad including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Regina, Fredericton and Saint John; Sydney, Melbourne, and Albany, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Cork, Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Mumbai, India; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Guanajuato and Saltillo, Mexico; New York, Nashville, Memphis, and Charleston, US.
As a freelance director and performer, Anthony has worked with Festival Antigonish, Neptune, Ship’s Company, Theatre New Brunswick, Theatre Aquarius, Shakespeare by the Sea, and DMV Co-op. Anthony is leader in the artistic community in Nova Scotia, mentoring artists, advocating for the sector, and provoking artistic discussion through 2b’s Colloquium series- a program dedicated to fostering better conversations about art-making.
The winner of the 2016 Halifax Mayor’s Award for Emerging Theatre Artist, Colleen is also the artistic producer of The Villains Theatre and the development committee head at the Bus Stop Theatre Cooperative. As a performer, Colleen has worked with Zuppa Theatre ('This is Nowhere'), Matchstick Theatre ('The Little Years'), Workshirt Opera ('Orlando'), Terra Novella Theatre (In Spaaaaaace!'), Xara Choral Theatre ('Fatty Legs'), Us Vs Them ('A Tournament of Lies'), as well as with The Villain's Theatre ('Fox', 'Arden'). Recent creations include 'mercury', 'Cartography', 'The Blazing World', and 'dark matter', and the durational performance piece 'the effects were cumulative and i almost didn't notice' which has toured to festivals in the Maritimes. Colleen received a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University. Colleen's minicomics have been nominated for national awards, and Colleen's animated short films have screened on four continents.
Colleen does a drawing every day and posts it online at http://instagram.com/quietprocess, with a current focus on portraits of female/non-binary playwrights.
She’s spent the last few years as both a Drama educator with the HRSB, and working as a freelance Stage Manager around the province; having managed many in-house shows with many different wonderful companies such as The Doppler Effect, Villain’s Theatre, Workshirt Opera, Festival Antigonish, TAG, Side-by-Side productions, TNTS, and Terra Novella Theatre.
With Matchstick she has produced and stage managed Don Hannah’s The Woodcutter, Jordan Tannahill’s Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, and Catherine Banks’ Bitter Rose and Bone Cage in 2017.
2b theatre company engages consultants from Strategic Arts Management. 2b is represented by Menno Plukker Theatre Agent Inc.
Board of Directors
Catherine Woodman (chair), Margaret Chapman (past chair), Andrew Black (vice-chair), Sean Joudry (secretary), Scott Hanko (treasurer).
Directors – Jeannine Bakeeff, Daniela Bassan, Denise MacDonnell, Lisa Merrithew, Jeremy Moore, Sarah Simpson, Denise Smith, Charla Williams.
Professional Artist Development
Each year, 2b hosts one RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence. They are mentored by 2b’s staff and integrated into the company’s projects and processes. Past RBC Emerging Artists-in-Residence have assistant directed and designed 2b shows and co-produced their own work with 2b’s support.
2b welcomes applications from writers, directors, performers, designers, and production personnel/ technicians. Candidates will have completed specialized training in their art form (not necessarily in academic institutions) and have less than five years professional experience in theatre. This is a paid position. The open call for the 2020 RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence will be posted here when it is available.
This year’s RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence is David Walker.
Past Emerging Artists
Anna Shepard (2017-18)
Laura Vingoe-Cram (2016-17)
Gillian Clark (2015-16)
Daniel Oulton (2014-15)
Katie Dorian (2013-14)
Kristin Slaney (2012-13)
Griffin McInnes (2011-12)
Simon Bloom (2010-11)
Nick Bottomley (2009-10)
2b shares an office space with Live Art Dance, Secret Theatre, and the Halifax Fringe Festival. When we moved in we wanted to populate the space with a vibrant exchanges of ideas. We named the boardroom the Colloquium and began to host public conversations about art-making.
The purpose of the Colloquium is to foster better conversations about art-making. Colloquia can be proposed by anybody in the community but must be hosted by a resident company at 6068 Quinpool Rd.
Respect for other points of view, passion, insatiable curiosity about artistic practice and purpose, and desire for continued artistic evolution.
- “So what do we make of that?” – a debrief following the 2014 Magnetic North Theatre Festival
- Colloquium No.1 – “Overlapping Disciplines” – hosted by Paul Caskey from Live Art with guest artists Peter Trosztmer and Lois Brown
- Colloquium No.2 -“How did they arrive at that?”- hosted by Anthony Black from 2b theatre company and investigated Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Hamlet
- Colloquium No. 3 – “Show and Tell” – hosted by Dustin Harvey from Secret Theatre
- Colloquium No. 4 – “Theatricality and Directorial Interpretation” – convened by Tessa Mendel from Halifax Theatre for Young People and hosted by 2b
- Colloquium No. 5 – “There Are No Secrets” – hosted by Dustin Harvey from Secret Theatre with guest artist Adrienne Wong
- Colloquium No. 6 -“The Kids Are Alright” – hosted by Gillian Clark from 2b
- Colloquium No. 7 – “How Do You Say Goodbye?” – hosted by Dustin Harvey from Secret Theatre with guest artist Chad Dembski
Colloquium #8 – “The Art of a Digital Encounter” – hosted by Anthony Black from 2b
Colloquium #9 – “Performing and Presenting Psychological Health” – hosted by Lara Lewis from 2b
Colloquium #10 – “Chargin’ From the Margins” – convened by DaPoPo Theatre and hosted by 2b
- Colloquium #11 – “Science and Dance” – convened by Lisa Phinney Langley and Jacinte Armstrong and hosted by Live Art Dance
Colloquium #12 – “Memory in Play” – hosted by Laura Vingoe-Cram from 2b
Colloquium #13 – “Theatre in the Apocalyptic Age” – convened by Mark Foster and hosted by 2b
Colloquium #14 – “Theatre of Escape” – hosted by Julia Schultz from 2b
Colloquium #15 – “Artists and the Academy” – hosted by Shauntay Grant from 2b
Colloquium #16 – “What is good acting?” – hosted by Anthony Black from 2b
Colloquium #17 – “What’s Allowed? Exploring Intimacy in One-to-One Theatre” – hosted by Miranda Bowron from 2b
Colloquium #18 – “Triggered: Ethics Surrounding Trauma Onstage” – hosted by Anna Shepard from 2b
Colloquium #19 – “Who decides what is good writing?” – convened by Lara Lewis and hosted by 2b
Colloquium #20 – “Are we responsible to the truth”? – convened by Annie Valentina and hosted by 2b
- Colloquium #21 – “How do we make casting more inclusive?” – convened by Rooks-Field Green and hosted by 2b
- Colloquium #22 – “Revising the Political” – convened by Halifax Fringe and hosted by Carmel Farahbakhsh
- Colloquium #23 – “Does My Play Need Video?” – hosted by Anthony Black (2b) and Andrew Quick (imitating the dog, UK)
- Colloquium #24 – “Creating Theatre in a Cross-Canadian Context” – moderated by Elena Eli Belyea and Tori Morrison (Tiny Bear Jaws)
- Colloquium #25 – “Environmental Awareness in Theatre Production” – hosted by 2b and moderated by Logan Robins (The Unnatural Disaster Theatre Company)
Student reps are a vital liaison between 2b and the Halifax university community. Responsibilities include coordinating student communications and events, facilitating talkbacks and workshops with professional artists, and promoting 2b and its events and productions on and off campus. Past student reps have gone on to work in theatre professionally, both with 2b and elsewhere.
A call for new student reps goes out in the spring every year.
This season’s student reps are Ella MacDonald, Christian Ludwig Hansen, and Keely Olstad.
Past Student Reps
- 2018-19: Andrew Chen, Rooks Field-Green, Logan Robins, Jack Smith, and Qing Wang
- 2017-18: Miranda Bowron, Ursula Calder, and Jack Smith
- 2016-17: Kayla Gunn, Lara Lewis, and Julia Schultz
- 2015-16: Ivy Charles, Lara Lewis, and Julia Schultz
- 2014-15: Henricus Gielis, Jonathan Brown Gilbert, and Morgan Melnyk
- 2013-14: Henricus Gielis, Alanna Griffin & Morgan Melnyk, Youth Outreach Coordinator: Karen Gross
- 2012-13: Gillian Clark, Karen Gross & Laura Vingoe-Cram
- 2011-12: Kari Bell, Patrick Blenkarn & Bethany Hindmarsh
- 2010-11: Griffin McInnes & Kari Bell
- 2009-10: Emily Turner & Simon Bloom
2b presents professional development workshops for the professional artistic community to promote the development of artists in the region.
Recent workshops include:
- Beyond the Comfort Zone workshops:
- The Hard Stuff: Playwriting with Juanita Peters
- Acting on Impulse with Ann-Marie Kerr
- Fight Combat and Sex Onstage with Richie Wilcox, Karen Bassett, and Lee-Anne Poole
- Crafting Worlds: A Sounds and Video Design Workshop with Aaron Collier
- Viewpoints Masterclass with Thomas Morgan-Jones
- Women’s Work Workshops:
- Starting from Where We Are: Playwriting with Catherine Banks
- The Devising Process with Laura Vingoe-Cram
- Directing with Ann-Marie Kerr
- Projection Design with Daniel Oulton
- Open Doors Workshops:
- Directing with Ann-Marie Kerr and Anthony Black
- Playwriting with Hannah Moscovitch and Gillian Clark
- Lighting Design with Johnny Cann
Watch this page or 2b’s social media for upcoming workshops.
2b theatre company would like to acknowledge the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, & Heritage – Cultural & Youth Activities Program for funding past workshops.