King's Program: Arts

Emma Teitel

Columnist, Toronto Star

When Emma Teitel compared the Toronto rapper and recording artist Drake to Isabel Archer, the protagonist in Henry James’ novel Portrait of a Lady, she was channeling her time at King’s. Emma made that comparison in Maclean’s magazine. And...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Michael Crouse

Senior Vice-President Kraft-Heinz

Journalism may have brought Michael Crouse to the University of King’s College, but it was his discovery of a passion for business during his undergrad that has left a lasting legacy. After completing the Foundation Year Programme, Crouse was bitten by the...

Don Harrison

VP, Corporate Development, Google Inc.

While Aquinas and Aristotle are worlds away from Android operating systems, reflecting on his studies at King’s Don Harrison observes how “(they) set me down a road of critical engagement that’s always been helpful in everything I’ve...

Sophie Brauer

Architect at Gottlieb Paludan Architects, Copenhagen

Every once in a while Sophie Brauer would walk past the Dalhousie School of Architecture in Halifax and see the fascinating shapes and designs students were working on spread out on the lawn. She filed the images and her interest in them away and...

Andrew Laing

President Cormex Research

As a self-professed news junkie, Andrew Laing has made a career out of his talent for observing patterns in the world we live in. He is the president of Canada’s leading media research firm—and what makes this his dream job...

Paul Thomson

Investor Relations Specialist, Numus Financial Inc.

Paul Thomson made a mid-point career change and it was his liberal arts background that gave him the confidence to make the move. After graduation, Thomson “just kind of fell into” a career in the pharmaceutical industry. And even though he found...

Barb Stegemann

Author and Social Business Innovator

When King's grad Barb Stegemann won the chance to make her pitch on the CBC-TV program Dragons' Den, she drew upon her experiences at King's and ended up becoming the first woman from Atlantic Canada to score a deal on the...

Michelle Rosetta Hamer

Owner and Queen Bee at Bee23 Natural Beauty

Michelle Rosetta Hamer was at a crossroad. She had a family to support, a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and she wasn’t sure she wanted to work for someone else. She wondered: “What have I done with my potential?” An idea started...

Jennifer Josenhans

Assistant to the Director of the Ecologic Institute

When Jennifer Josenhans looks out the massive window in her office in Berlin she sees a large tree. And looking at it, as she researches issues related to climate change and drafts documents for the Ecologic Institute, the same thought often pops into her...

George MacLean

Vice President Academic, University of New Brunswick

Wearing a black t-shirt and jeans, he moves to the front of the stage, his fingers working the frets of his electric guitar. It’s solo time and he’s in a zone. This is George MacLean, lead guitarist for the Fredericton...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Angela Chang

Communications Officer, Science East

In her final year at King’s, Angela Chang didn’t know whether she would qualify for her degree by the time semester ended.  She was the first student to attempt a combined degree with Saint Mary’s University, and...

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...

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,...

Mark Fleming

Lawyer, WilmerHale

As he was waiting to be called, Mark Fleming remembered the advice his mentor had given him: “Make sure you take the time to look around. Remember where you are. And say to yourself: This is really cool!  (You are) about...

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...

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 ...

Barry L Craig

Principal, Huron University College

Barry Craig will embark on a new chapter in his career this summer, as Principal of Huron University College. “To be able to lead an institution very similar to King’s, nothing could be a greater cap to my professional life than...

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...

Laurelle LeVert

Associate Vice-President, UNB Saint John

Here’s a snapshot of the desk of Laurelle LeVert, Associate Vice-president of the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, a Virgo’s Virgo (although she does not believe in astrology) with her high energy, attention to detail, loyalty and a desire...

Robert Muggah

Co-Founder, Igarapé Institute

Robert Muggah moves about the red stage, engaging the audience, left, right and centre. He speaks with passion and determination.  Robert is giving a TED talk in Rio de Janiero on how to protect certain cities from failing. “We need to start...

Rosanna Nicol

Rhodes Scholar; Community Development Consultant

Rosanna Nicol thrives on collaboration. She’s currently working on two projects in the Northwest Territories with various groups. One project is the implementation of Délįnę First Nation’s Self Government Agreement, the first community self-government in Canada (website:...

Johanna MacMinn

Landscape Architect

One looks like a box of jewels. Another is a sea of purple. A third textured, dappled in sunlight, rich in hues of greens and dark red. These are the words that describe the gardens that Johanna MacMinn, a Brisbane based landscape architect has...

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...

Wilson Bell

Assistant Professor of History and Politics, Thompson Rivers University

Wilson Bell loves being in the classroom. The father of two has a PhD, but growing up in rural Nova Scotia, he says he “didn’t know what a thesis statement was” before attending King’s. “A lot of ...

Megan Buntain

Chief Marketing Officer, Buntain + Partners

Megan Buntain has been busy—since launching her startup buntain+partners in summer 2015, her team of three now represents 10 clients. “We’re learning a lot—quickly, ‘failing fast’, building trust with our clients, and are still a bit...

Joshua Bates

Senior Policy Advisor to Halifax Mayor Mike Savage

Joshua Bates has learned the ropes at all three levels of government; first with Toronto city council after he completed his master’s degree, then in Ottawa where he worked with MPs and later an advocacy group for Canadian municipalities, and finally in...

Alexander Desiré-Tesar

Assistant Editor, The Walrus Magazine

Since leaving the University of King's College, Alexander Desiré-Tesar has been fortunate enough to work with both Lapham's Quarterly and The Walrus, exploring history and contemporary ideas through journalism. He's also travelled widely, celebrating his past four birthdays...

Lauren Brown

Flight Instructor and Bush Pilot

Lauren Brown’s future is up in the air. Interested in the humanities as a high school student, Lauren applied to King’s last minute. Like many university students, she felt anxious at the prospect of having to decide on a major...

Ryan Hreljac

Founder, Ryan’s Well Foundation

By the time Ryan Hreljac arrived at King’s to pursue a International Development and Political Science degree, he had already laid a wreath with Prince Charles, dined with Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace, attended church with Queen Elizabeth, appeared a couple of...

Chad Lucas

Media Relations Advisor, Government of Nova Scotia

For someone with dreams of being a reporter, Chad Lucas’ working life began exactly where a graduate would want to end up. Chad’s four-year journalism degree and combined English honours led him straight into a sportswriter job with the Chronicle Herald,...

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...

Liam Hyland

Camera Operator/ENG Technician, CTV National

Liam Hyland hand-delivered his application to former King’s journalism director Kim Kierans, unsure if his high school marks would be good enough. “On paper it may not look great, but if you give me a chance, I’ll show you...

Mark Dance

Communications Coordinator, Samara Canada

Contemporary studies (CSP) and philosophy graudate Mark Dance has been busy since he graduated from King’s as co-valedictorian. As a parliamentary intern in Ottawa, Mark’s research on digital democracy landed him an interview on CBC’s The House....

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...

Heather Blom

Integrated Producer, Sid Lee

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...

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...

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...

Karim Mahmud

Lawyer, Jones Day

Ask your average Canadian liberal arts student where they’ll be in 25 years. They probably won’t tell you they’ll be in London, practising international law for the oil and gas industry. But the great thing about liberal arts students...

Roberta Barker

Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

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

Drew Yamada

Pediatrician

Finding a time convenient for Dr Drew Yamada to talk about his career is not the easiest thing. “Sorry I couldn't take your call this evening, was in the middle of dying my daughter’s hair pink for crazy hair day...

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....

Stephanie Dick

Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows

Standing in an airport on her way home for the holidays, Stephanie Dick heard two men talking about their families. “They seemed like really good people. Really good dads,” she says. “And then one of them said, ‘It’s...

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...

Amber MacArthur

Author, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Keynote Speaker, and TV/Radio Host

How do you go from a two-room schoolhouse in rural PEI to becoming a leading voice in new media and technology? According to Amber MacArthur, even just one year at the University of King’s College makes all the difference. Described by Canadian...

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...

Peter L’Esperance

Law Student, Dalhousie University

When you turn on your lights, drive to the store, or board a plane, Peter L’Esperance would like you to consider this: “Many of our activities have an environmental cost that we don’t necessarily pay for,” he...

Sarah Burns

Rhodes Scholar; Economist with Bank of Canada

Sarah Burns just doesn’t give up. As a lean and lanky twelve year old she failed the test to become a competitive figure skater eleven times before she finally nailed it. When she was looking for a job after graduating from...

Michael Sacco

Founder, Chocosol

Spoiler alert. Michael Sacco becomes a chocolate maker by the end of this short bio.   In the mid-nineties, Michael Sacco enrolled at King’s and found what he loved in the Foundation Year Programme (FYP). So he just kept going on the...

Cassandra Hallett DaSilva

Secretary General, Canadian Teachers’ Federation

When Cassie Hallett DaSilva arrived at King’s, which for the BAH ’91 graduate now seems a lifetime ago, she had a law career in her sights. Well, rarely does life’s path follow a straight line. She quickly realized that her...

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'...

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...

Lorraine Vassalo

Owner and Operator, Avondale Sky Winery

The vineyard is one of the oldest in Nova Scotia, planted on the pastoral beauty of the Avon Peninsula. The retail space is the carpenter gothic of a church more than a century and half old, moved by truck and ferry forty-two kilometers. The...

Alanna Robinson

Legal Counsel, Hewlett Packard (Canada) Co

Sometimes when Alanna Robinson walks into a high level meeting – she’s legal counsel for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (Canada) Co – when she walks in she’ll just start chatting with whomever is there, building rapport, making connections, being friendly.  ...

John Weeren

Founding Director of Princeton Writes

John Weeren finished Foundation Year Programme (FYP) in 1982, yet still spends his days on a campus that reminds people of Hogwarts. But it’s not King’s. It’s Princeton. The Halifax West High School alumnus attended King’s after...

Anna Gainey

President of the Liberal Party of Canada and Co-Founder, Executive Director of the Gainey Foundation

Anna Gainey will tell you this: “I don’t think I ever woke up one day and thought - I want to be in politics.” But as President of the Liberal Party of Canada she is in the upper echelon of...

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...

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...

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....

Rebecca (Moore) Brown

Owner, Clearview Tea Company

When Rebecca Brown is looking for a little comfort, she might put on an ivory cable knit sweater. But her ivory cable knit sweater is not a wooly pullover; it is a tea blend that she created. “It was one of those cold...

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...

Safia Haq

Co-owner, Tart & Soul Cafe

It was early in 2017 and Safia Haq was scrolling through Facebook. She saw an ad. It asked for a business proposal for a space that had been a café. Interesting, she thought, and sent it to a friend. Saf had been thinking about...

Lia Milito

Fellowship Program Manager, Code for Canada

"It was terrifying for a while,” says Lia Milito. Lia had just joined a small team to create the start-up non-profit Code for Canada. The idea was good; the potential for helping Canadians was great. But could they make it work? “There...

Benjamin Kates

Senior Associate at Stockwoods LLP

Ben Kates is never shy about accepting advice, nor about giving it. “Don’t wait for that perfect job to be served to you on a platter. You just need to leap into your career, and things will happen,” he says....

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