Kick At The Dark is an award-winning emerging theatre co-operative based in Halifax/K’jipuktuk that presents locally-focussed, innovative, and entertaining productions that speak to our community and our moment.  Formed in 2015, we have developed a strong track record of balancing exciting world premieres with powerful new productions of established scripts.  We aim to nurture artists, to amplify under-heard voices, and model a just, equitable world. We prize work that ignites the imagination, delights the intellect, and touches the heart. 

OUR VISION

We create theatre that matters.

OUR MISSION

To challenge and move audiences by

creating productions of meaningful

works of theatre that are innovative,

entertaining and thought-provoking.

OUR  HISTORY

 

Kick At The Dark Theatre was formed in 2015 as a company ​dedicated to presenting theatrical, socially-conscious performance in Halifax, NS. Our inaugural production of Morris Panych’s ​The Story of A Sinking Man, ​starring Andrew Chandler​,​ went on to win the ​Atlantic Fringe Festival’s “Best Performer” award and the 2016 Robert Merritt Award for "Outstanding Production by a New or Emerging Company". The company continued its strong track record in 2016 with a remount of ​The Story of a Sinking Man​, a production of ​Seminar​ by Theresa Rebeck (nominated for a Robert Merritt Award in 2017), and the creation of ​David Sedaris’ Uncomfortable Christmas, which was remounted in 2017. With the addition of Katerina Bakolias and Jamie Bradley as board members, Kick At The Dark Theatre became a co-operative, officially, in 2018. 

Our work has continued, with staged readings of 'Til Death Do Us Part by Bakolias, and Before the Leaves Turn by Bradley, along with 2019 productions of Scoop by Julie Vandervoort, Giant Killer Shark: The Musical by Sam Sutherland (Fringe Hit), and Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe (Merritt Award nominee).  


Kick At The Dark continues to create opportunities for emerging, local artists and unheard voices through our play development partnerships and actor training initiatives.

Past Productions and Projects​:


    The Story of a Sinking Man ​by Morris Panych – September 2015, Remounted 2016 

          Merritt Award Winner - Outstanding Production by a New or Emerging Company

          Atlantic Fringe Festival “Best” Award: Andrew Chandler

    Seminar​ by Theresa Rebeck – May 2016 

          Nominated for a Merritt Award for ​Outstanding Production by a New or Emerging Company

     David Sedaris’ Uncomfortable Christmas ​– December​ ​2016, Remounted 2017 to sold-out houses 

          Named by Local Xpress one of top 10 theatre productions of 2016

    'Til Death Do Us Part b​y Katerina Bakolias – May 2018 

          Two public readings presented at the Eastern Front Theatre 2018 ​Stages​ Festival

    Kick At The Dark’s ​Summer Acting Bootcamp​ – summer 2018 

          An 8-week training camp for 8 actors, under the direction of Andrew Chandler

    Before the Leaves Turn: A Remembrance Day Performance​ by Jamie Bradley – November 11, 2018 

          Presented at The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

    ​Scoop​ by Julie Vandervoort – May 2019 

          Presented at the Eastern Front Theatre 2019 Stages Festival

    ​Giant Killer Shark: The Musical​ by Sam Sutherland – August - September 2019 

          Performed at the 2019 Halifax Fringe Festival

          Winner of the "Fringe Hit" award

    Every Brilliant Thing b​y Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe – November 2019 

          Performed at the Bus Stop Theatre

          Nominated for Merritt Award - Outstanding Production by a New or Emerging Company


Andrew Chandler  Artistic Producer

Andrew Chandler has appeared on stages across Canada. In Nova Scotia, he has  performed with Neptune Theatre, Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, Ship’s Company Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Shakespeare by the Sea, and a host of independent companies. His solo turns in Kick At The Dark’s productions of The Story of a Sinking Man and Every Brilliant Thing led each show to be nominated for Merritt Awards for Outstanding Production by a New or Emerging Company (with Sinking Man winning this award). As a director, he has directed each of Kick At The Dark Theatre’s productions since ​The Story of a Sinking Man​, including Seminar (Merritt nomination 2017) and was chosen for Neptune Theatre’s Chrysalis Project, where he assistant directed the smash hit pantomime ​Cinderella​, and the striking contemporary drama ​Lo, or Dear Mr. Wells.​ He has co-written several shows, including ​Going Down​ with Ann Doyle, ​Stay At Home Dead​ with Ajar Theatre, and the musical ​So... What About Love?​ with Garry Williams and Amy Reitsma.

Meet The team

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Katerina Bakolias  Artistic Associate

Katerina Bakolias​ ​ is a Halifax based performer, playwright, and screenwriter. She  graduated from the Fountain School of Performing Arts with an Honours in Theatre and has been working in the Halifax film and theatre community ever since. Most recently Katerina has appeared as Eric (Lost Kid) in Neptune Theatre's Holiday Pantomime, ​Peter Pan​ and as Dr. Faustus in The Villain’s Theatre production of ​Zomblet.​ Katerina is the recipient of the ‘Best Performer Award’ in the 2017 Halifax Fringe Festival for her portrayal of Callie in Whale Song Theatre’s production of​ Stop Kiss​.

The first play that Katerina wrote, a one woman show titled ​Re-Taled​, was performed  in the 2016 Halifax Fringe Festival. Her second project, ’Til Death Do Us Part had a staged reading in the 2018 Eastern Front Theatre Stages Festival, a workshop in the PARC New Play Readings in January 2020, and was scheduled to be produced in May 2020 as part of the Open Spaces program at Neptune Theatre. It will now be rescheduled due to Covid-19. As an emerging screenwriter Katerina has participated in the FIN Script Development Program and completed the second draft of her feature film ​Junkyard Girls​ under the guidance of Michael Melski. Katerina has worked as a script supervisor & editor on a short film,​ Jerky,​ and is thrilled to be working on the feature version as well as other projects in-development with local filmmaker Amy Trefry. Most recently she has participated in The Writers Edge Screenwriting Retreat hosted by WIFT.

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Jamie Bradley  Artistic Associate

Jamie Bradley ​is a native Haligonian, whose writing career includes CBC Radio/TV dramas and commentary, fringe festivals, and over thirty dinner theatre scripts. He’s written large productions such as ​Jamboree, ​the inaugural musical of Summerside’s Harbourfront Theatre; and ​Titanic: The Fated Voyage,​ which commemorated the centenary of the disaster.

Jamie’s First World War play, ​Before the Leaves Turn,​ toured N.B./N.S. in 2016 and had  a public reading on the 100th Anniversary of the armistice on Remembrance Day, 2018; Pictou: Our Town, Our Stories w​as produced at the DeCoste Centre in 2017 and 2018; and ​Jukie & Her Dad​ premiered at the Saint John Theatre Company in June, 2018.

The world premiere of Jamie’s musical, ​KAMP w​as co-produced by Halifax’s Eastern Front Theatre and Neptune Theatre in autumn of 2018. It was nominated for ten Theatre Nova Scotia 2019 Robert Merritt Awards and won five, including Outstanding Production.

His newest musical, an historical farce entitled ​Parlour Tricks, c​reated with composer Scott Owen​,​ is a part of Eastern Front Theatre’s online 2020 STAGES: Behind the Curtain Series.

Stage acting credits include ​Great Harbour (Hogtown Collective); ​Seminar​ and ​David Sedaris’ Uncomfortable Christmas ​(Kick At The Dark Theatre); and ​Reader Be Thou Also Ready​ (Live Bait). Television acting credits include series, such as ​Forgive​ ​Me,​ ​Pure​, ​Lizzie Borden​, and as a puppeteer/voice artist on CBC-TV’s The Mighty Jungle​ and ​You and Me​. Yes, Jamie was one of the original hosts of Street Cents. 

Jamie is also an artist and designed the Kick At The Dark and KAMP wordmarks, and  conceived the musical’s poster. As well, he designed and built the cardboard puppets for KATD’s Giant Killer Shark.