Career: Arts & Culture

Kate Cayley

Writer

Kate Cayley is amazed it took her so long to realize she was a writer. After graduating from King’s, she and some fellow alumni started a theatre company called Stranger Theatre, where she spent a decade co-creating, directing and writing plays that...

Wanda Taylor

Executive Director, Stepping Stone; Acquisitions Editor, Formac Publishing; Author

Wanda Taylor is probably one of the busiest people you’ll ever meet. If you ask her what she does she’ll say, “I am an author, an educator and a social justice activist. I’m also an artist and...

Evany Rosen

Comedy Writer and Performer

“King’s is the best place to go and be a weirdo" says Evany Rosen. As a standup comic, actor, writer and early member of the Halifax-based comedy group “Picnicface,” perhaps she may be more authoritative on the subject than...

Samantha Robertson

Localization Writer/Editor, Nintendo of America Inc.

Samantha Robertson’s degree in English and Comparative Religion from King’s and subsequent Master in English from Dalhousie led first to an editorial position with Dark Horse Comics, and then to her current position as a localization writer/editor with...

Al Tuck

Singer-Songwriter

As a “roving troubadour” Al Tuck is hard to pin down, but he’s content with that. “Since King’s, I’ve become the kind of performer I hoped and imagined I would be. I’ve had...

Mitchell Cushman

Co-Artistic Director, Outside the March

In his valedictory address, Mitchell Cushman left fellow graduates with a closing thought: “Most of us came to King's because we weren't ready to label ourselves as part of any specific profession … our entire experience has been a foundation: one...

Ben Caplan

Touring Singer-Songwriter

“When I was in FYP I thought I wanted to be a philosophy guy with a music hobby, and now I’m a music guy with a philosophy hobby,” folk singer Ben Caplan observes. Since the 2011 release of In the Time...

Marc Almon

Film Producer

For moviegoers, Blackbird is an award-winning production about the juvenile detention system. For producer Marc Almon, the film is the biggest risk he’s ever taken. "There were periods of production when I thought I was going to go bankrupt. It was a...

Kristi Bryson

Freelance Opera and Choral Singer

Kristi Bryson thinks parents who are not professional singers probably sing more to their children than she does. But she will sing a Mozart aria or two to her young son and certainly some Christmas carols. But little Matthew knows his mother&rsquo...

Ian Kenny

Research Master's in Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam

On a special shelf in Ian Kenny’s room at the University of Amsterdam sit three letters. He treasures them. They are glowing letters of reference from three of his professors at King’s that helped him win the prestigious Amsterdam Merit...

Rich Aucoin

Musician

It took a full year, a journey from Victoria to St John’s, and 500 musicians recorded individually. The result - Rich Aucoin’s extraordinary album We’re All Dying to Live. That massive and complicated project, says the 2006 King’s...

Andrew Murphy

Director of Programming, Inside Out

Andrew Murphy still gets chills when he thinks about it. It was at the 2014 Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto. Andrew, as Director of Programming for the LGBT focused festival had brought in the film Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine. The capacity...

Margaret Evans

Actor and Theatre Producer

Thanks to Margaret Evans, Maggie to her friends, there is a gang of American actors who know all about toques and poutine. Maggie and two fellow King’s grads, Graeme Gillis (BJH ’95) and Jeff Margolis (BA ’98) were working on their master'...

Lindsay Cameron Wilson

Writer, Host of Love Food and The Food Podcast

“For me,” says Lindsay Cameron Wilson “a recipe is never just a recipe. It’s a neighbourhood. It’s a family. It’s a story.” And she tells those stories on her cooking show Love Food ...

Shauntay Grant

Lecturer, Department of English, Dalhousie University

In a verse penned some time ago, Shauntay Grant writes, ”My mother says when I was young I'd follow her, room-to-room, asking the same question: 'Why'? I think that ever since I've been asking. I hope I never find the answers....

Ariel Nasr

Filmmaker

It is hard to imagine how tendonitis can lead to an Oscar nomination, but it did, in a round about way, for Ariel Nasr. This part of his story begins with Ariel cutting wood. “I suffered a repetitive strain injury using a chainsaw...

Sarah Cook

Curator / Dundee Fellow at University of Dundee

Ticking away on a computer screen in the lobby of a building at the University of Dundee in Scotland, is the entire sequence of the human genome. The entire thing. The constant parade of the letters GCAT, that represent the building blocks of DNA,...

Pamela Halstead

Professional Theatre Producer, Director, Dramaturg, Actor and Educator

Pamela Halstead can tell you how tough it used to be in the world of Canadian theatre. “I have a playwright friend who jokes that there was a time when he couldn’t get his work produced because he didn’t...

Natalie Meisner

Associate Professor at Mount Royal University

Natalie Meisner is both thoughtful and eloquent when she talks about her craft as playwright. “I do think of the play as a kind of exquisite blueprint. It is still a work of art but it isn’t really breathing, it isn...

Hannah Rittner

Playwright, Screenwriter, and Producer

“I’m not a ‘name’ yet,” says Hannah Rittner. Maybe. But don’t tell the Canadian theatre scene that. Hannah has worked for some of the leading Canadian theatre companies and festivals such as Summerworks, Canadian Stage, Neptune...

David Huebert

Writer of Fiction & Poems

A writer’s mind is a curious place. There are a multitude of pathways and alleys. It can be a bit like where poet and short fiction author, David Huebert, wrote when he began work on his PhD at Western University in London,...

Susan Leblanc & Alex McLean

Artistic Directors of Zuppa Theatre

A long lasting collaboration, a relatively rare event in Canadian theatre, began one day when Alex McLean held auditions for a King’s Theatre Society (KTS) production he was to direct. Sue Leblanc had only just started acting but she gave it a...

Adrian Lee

Opinions Editor, Arts and Science Editor at Maclean's Magazine

Adrian Lee knows there is much more of the Canadian story to be told. And as the opinions editor at Maclean’s magazine he can help tell it through the voices not always heard. He says he wants the opinions section, which he...

Ruth Spencer

Senior Editor with New York Magazine’s, The Cut

It was a Sunday night in June 2013. Ruth Spencer was in her tiny New York apartment with a few colleagues from The Guardian US where she was Community Editor. Edward Snowden, the man who had leaked thousands of documents from the American National Security...

Dorian Geiger

Producer, Al Jazeera Media Network

It was a tense time for Dorian Geiger.  He was living in Doha, Qatar, working for Al Jazeera English. He had written most of a feature article for the website about three families in Hong Kong who had hidden the American whistleblower Edward...

Sarah Fulford

Editor-in-Chief of Toronto Life

Sarah Fulford loved the notes her King’s professors gave her on the bi-weekly essays she had to write. She says, “I was quite bad at the beginning but I was much better by the end because I got such good feedback....

Stephen Marche

Esquire columnist and author

Stephen Marche had a great job. It was 2007 and he was professor of Renaissance drama at the City College of New York. “It was really rewarding,” he says. “I loved my job there.” Then he got the news: his wife,...

Miriam Toews

Novelist

“I was a poor, young Mennonite woman from the Prairies with little children. I was of no account to the world. I was nothing.” That could so easily be the beginning of a novel. But it is not. It is Miriam Toews...

Daniel Boos

Filmmaker

There is a scene in the short film Bound, directed by Daniel Boos, that is intense and rife with suspense. An immigrant worker at a sawmill hands over a twenty dollar bill to a shopkeeper. Wrapped inside the bill is a note but we...

Charlotte Bell

Photographer, Filmmaker

Charlotte Bell is not likely to ever take the road well travelled. And part of the credit for that,  she says, goes to King’s. “Within the King’s community I learned, for the first time, that being outside the...

Harriet Alida Lye

Writer

Telling a good story about Harriet Alida Lye and her life during and after King’s is an easy task. The difficulty comes in deciding which story. It could be about the work she is currently doing at the McMichael Art Gallery.  ...

Alexander Mifflin

Host / Writer / Co-Director / Research Director, The Water Brothers

Just imagine this—whale sharks and tiger sharks lurking around you. And up above, moving silently through the ocean off Costa Rica, three hundred hammerhead sharks glide by. It’s just another day at work for Alex Mifflin. “Underwater, you feel...

Laura Armstrong

Sports Reporter at the Toronto Star

Laura Armstrong knew it would be tough finding a job in journalism after graduating. “I gave myself five years to find a career in this industry,” she says, knowing that the writing and communications skills she developed at King’s would...

Emanuella Grinberg

Digital News Writer for CNN

It could be a mass shooting like the one in Las Vegas in the fall of 2017. Or a van plowing into pedestrians along a Toronto street in the spring of 2018. If it is a big story Emanuella Grinberg will be at her desk at...

Roberta Barker

Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

In her final year of high school, Roberta Barker saw the reading list for King’s Foundation Year Program (FYP) and knew she had found the right program. As a teenager, Barker had trained in classical music and opera. While the FYP...

Heather Blom

Producer, Rethink

Heather Blom’s contemporary studies at King’s revealed a natural talent for bridging disciplines and communities. “Language and art, scientific language and artistic language - in the end, it boils down to communication and how different methods of communication are...

Davis Carr

Communications Assistant, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

When Davis Carr wants to do something new, chances are it will get done. “That’s how it was at King’s,” she says. “You just go for it.” So one evening she was in a pub in...

Andrew Choptiany

Architect

“Architecture is about building places for people to live in, and philosophy is actually a huge part of that,” Andrew Choptiany’s antics on campus earned him the RL Nixon Award for Best Contribution to Residence Life that year. While many...

Leah Collins Lipsett

Freelance Journalist

Leah Collins Lipsett can plunk out a tune on a ukulele, but she is more at home at a piano. She began playing at the age of six and talks proudly of her final recital to earn her Bachelor of Music degree from King...

Shani Hamilton Greenlaw

Project Supervisor, BaAM Productions

Shani Hamilton Greenlaw watched as the clouds rolled in and the rain began. It was a sweltering 42 degrees. She saw the lightning flashing on the horizon. The temporary bleachers, where more than twelve thousand people would soon be sitting, were made of metal. &ldquo...

Arwen Kidd

Communicating with Communities specialist, UN Refugee Agency

When a humanitarian disaster happens, the people affected need more than just the physical necessities. They need information. Where can they find accommodation? How do they register with the police? When is it safe to return home? That’s where Arwen Kidd comes...

Stephanie McGrath

Senior Director, Content Strategy at VERB Interactive

Stephanie McGrath says, “companies and organizations are starting to realize the only way they can reach people is with interesting stories.”  And for a content strategist, that’s great news.  Stephanie works for VERB Interactive...

Pete Pachal

Tech Editor, Mashable.com

When Pete Pachal started the one-year bachelor of journalism degree program at King’s, he was immediately struck by the school’s sense of support and community. “Everybody who was there wanted to be there. When you have people who really...

Anjali Pala

Book Designer

Anjali Pala stood in the National Gallery in Ottawa and stared. And compared. And made notes. “We spent a lot of time with the paintings, examining them against our proofs,” she says. “We were surrounded by scribbled Post-its and Pantone chips....

Haritha Popuri

Master's in Theatre and Performance Studies, York University

It is a long way from a class on the history of alchemy at King’s to a stop at Yonge and Bloor on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway. A long way geographically, but not so far in Haritha Popuri’s...

Amy Teitel

Blogger, Vintage Space

Amy Shira Teitel has been fascinated with space since she was seven years old – when she read everything she could about Neil Armstrong’s first journey to the moon and dreamt of becoming an astronaut herself.  With a History of Science...

Gillian Clark, Karen Gross & Laura Vingoe-Cram

Artistic Co-Directors, Keep Good (Theatre) Company

“We just kind of hit it off, complementing each other’s personality,” says Laura Vingoe-Cram. She’s talking about her friendship with Karen Gross. Both were theatre buffs, taking advantage of what King’s had to offer. “Laura...

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