Dan Bray

artistic director

Dan Bray is a multidisciplinary artist living in Antigonish. As artistic director of The Villains Theatre, he has adapted and directed many shows (most recently Shakespeare's Time Machine, Hansel und Gretel in: der Garten von Edible Horrors, Observatory Mansions, and Zomblet). He is also the 2022 Merritt Award Winner for Outstanding Adaptation by a Nova Scotia Playwright (Hansel und Gretel).

Dan has had the good luck of working with many of Nova Scotia's finest theatre companies - as an playwright, director, actor, and dramaturge - including Two Planks & a Passion Theatre, Shakespeare by the Sea, Festival Antigonish, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Workshirt Opera, Eastern Front Theatre, Terra Novella Theatre, Phyllis Rising Productions, Xara Choral Theatre, and Lions Den Theatre.

Dan is the former Vice Chair for the Halifax Fringe Festival, and a two-time attendee of Playwright Atlantic Resource Centre's annual retreat. He received his MA from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama in 2009.


colleen macisaac

artistic producer

Colleen MacIsaac (they/she) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, working as a creator, performer, graphic designer, playwright, producer, and illustrator.

The winner of the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Emerging Theatre Artist, Colleen is also the artistic producer of The Villains Theatre, and co-chair of Theatre Nova Scotia. As a performer, Colleen has worked with Zuppa, Matchstick Theatre, Workshirt Opera, Xara Choral Theatre, Terra Novella Theatre, and Us Vs Them, among others. Recent work as a playwright/creator includes A Beginner's Guide to the Night Sky, TO: THE UNKNOWN, Shortcuts, mercury, Cartography, The Blazing World, and dark matter.

Colleen received a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University and is a current MFA candidate at NSCAD University.


Board Chair:

Lara Lewis

Vice Chair:

Tessa Pekeles


Hélène Deval


Marie Raynard

Outreach Officer:

Danielle Toner

Members at Large:

Keith Morrison, Kirsten Luella Bruce, and Madeleine Tench

We are regularly fortunate enough to work with Associate Producers through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Past employees have included Becca Wolfe, Rooks Field-Green, Blossom Mendoza, Vicky Coo, Anna Shepard, and Mahia Tench.

Awards & Accolades

MERRITT AWARD WINNER 2022: Hansel und Gretel in: der Garten von Edible Horrors: a Terrible Parable (Outstanding Adaptation by a Nova Scotian Playwright: Dan Bray).
MERRITT AWARD NOMINEE 2022: Hansel und Gretel in: der Garten von Edible Horrors: a Terrible Parable (Outstanding Ensemble; Outstanding Indie Production Outstanding Original Score: Ian McFarlane, Dan Bray, & Rachel Lloyd), Observatory Mansions(Outstanding Adaptation by a Nova Scotian Playwright: Dan Bray; Outstanding Lighting Design: Vicky Williams).
MERRITT AWARD NOMINEE 2020: Fox (Outstanding Costume Design: Kaelen MacDonald), Zomblet (Outstanding New Script by a Nova Scotian Playwright: Dan Bray).
LOCAL XPRESS' BEST OF 2016: The Spanish Tragedy
Arden (Outstanding New Script by a Nova Scotian Playwright: Dan Bray), The Duchess of Malfi, (Outstanding Production by an Emerging Company; Outstanding original score: Michael Robson), Outstanding original score: Michael Robson) 
MERRITT AWARD NOMINEE 2014: The Roaring Girl (outstanding original score: Jenny Trites)
MERRITT AWARD NOMINEE 2013: The Jew of Malta (outstanding original score: Garry Williams)
THE COAST'S TOP PLAYS OF 2014: Gallathea "Sometimes a play just makes your heart sing, and this 16th-century script did that for me. It was beautifully staged and filled with memorable, quirky performances. It conveyed a simple but important message: love is love."
THE COAST'S TOP PLAYS OF 2013: The Roaring Girl"An original take on a 17th century comedy with original music and a feminist bent? Yes please!"
THE COAST'S TOP PLAY OF 2012: Kill Shakespeare "This was a unique theatre experience...[an] engaging storyline coupled with an intriguing format"