Career: Arts & Culture

Alex McLean

Co-Artistic Director, Zuppa Theatre

As a film lover and someone who became involved in school plays as a high school student in Dartmouth, Alex McLean knew from a young age that he wanted to have a career in the arts “in some way.” When making those big decisions as to where he would…

Catherine Fogarty

President/Executive Producer, Big Coat Media, Story Hunter Podcasts, Writer

Two years before applying to the MFA program at King’s, Catherine Fogarty read an article in the Globe and Mail about a 1971 riot at Kingston Penitentiary, Ontario. It struck her as surprising that she had never heard of it before. She cut out the…

Eva Holland

Freelance Writer and Author

Eva Holland has always been a writer. But she didn’t always think it could be a full-time job. “I had always been involved with writing and journalism-type work. I had always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t think you could do it as a job,” Eva…

Lesley Buxton

Writer

“I used to be a fiction writer but I don’t write fiction anymore,” Lesley Buxton, MFA’16, explains. “I love fiction. I was very close to having a publishable book when my daughter got ill. I have never been able to go back.“ Instead, Lesley turned…

Lindsay Cameron Wilson

Writer, Host of The Food Podcast

‘Finding the story in the everyday’ is the guiding and core principle of Lindsay Cameron Wilson’s work. As a food writer, recipe developer and host of The Food Podcast, Lindsay has been leaning on this core principle more than ever, with COVID-19…

Jessica J. Lee

Author and Environmental Historian

“It’s strange to me that I circled back and became a writer,” Jessica smiles, “I got there in the end. It was just that I had to take a very different path.” That path has sent Jessica all over the world and created a career that Jessica didn’t…

Jennifer MacLeod

King’s Alumni executive

Jennifer MacLeod had every intention of becoming a nurse. Both her parents were health professionals, so why not? She applied for the nursing program at Dalhousie. “I was accepted by Dalhousie but they said I needed to do one year of undergrad…

Hannah Rittner

Playwright, Screenwriter, and Producer

“I’m still so early on in my career. My best work is still ahead of me,” says Hannah Rittner. Maybe in her eyes, however she is certainly being noticed by others, including the organizations behind the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition which…

Thomas Hoy

UX Designer, Detour UX

Thomas Hoy hadn’t thought about a career in music—until he came to King’s. “The whole music thing really started there. I found my musical community at King’s in first year. Then I went on to compose music for plays staged by the King’s Theatrical…

Stephen Maher

Contributing Editor, Maclean’s Magazine

Throughout his 30-year journalism career, Stephen Maher has relocated several times and worked as a general reporter, restaurant critic, political reporter and magazine correspondant. While his career has continually evolved, one thing that’s held…

Lyndsie Bourgon

Writer, Oral Historian

Lyndsie Bourgon has her writing sights set on poachers. Tree poachers. “Poaching wood around the world is incredibly lucrative,” Lyndsie says, then adds, “but people don’t always pay much attention to it because trees don’t have the same kind of…

Amy Shira Teitel

Author, Blogger, Historian

When Amy Shira Teitel looks up at the night sky she sees not just the twinkling lights, she sees stories. “I can’t look at the moon,” Amy says, “and not think about the stories of the people who went there. Or the planets and not think about the…

Scott Andrew Christensen

Advanced ITC Teacher at Saudi Aramco College Preparatory Program, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Scott Christensen did a little time travelling in 2019. He had enrolled in a program to teach creative writing offered at the University of Cambridge in England. “I walked around King’s College at Cambridge,” Scott says, “and it took me back to my…

Joan Baxter

Author and Journalist

Photo: Joan Baxter in November 2018 in southern Burkina Faso, with Roger Guibre (left), Thierry Bayala (centre), and Armand Bayala (right). Whether it’s reporting on a revolution in Burkina Faso, a failed coup d’état in Cameroon, or the prospect…

Paul Brothers

Anchor/Co-host - The Morning News, Global Halifax

Paul Brothers is nothing if not strategic. He figures out what he wants, then he figures out how to get it. “I had a goal when I was a teenager that I would be on national television as a sports anchor before I turned thirty,” Paul says, a little…

Shannon Brownlee

Associate Director (Cinema & Media Studies); Assistant Professor - Cinema and Media Studies; Gender and Women's Studies

Shannon Brownlee discovered a kind of academic freedom when she went to King’s. “I never felt like I was, what’s the word? Grade grubbing? It was never about the grade,” Shannon says. “It was about the material and the learning—learning for the joy…

Lezlie Lowe

Freelance Journalist and Journalism Instructor

Life has been a series of epiphanies for Lezlie Lowe. There was the one she had while studying in the Contemporary Studies Program (CSP). “I found that I could study philosophy, but I didn’t have to think about or write about old stuff by white…

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…

Kate Cayley

Writer

Kate Cayley has published works of fiction, collections of poetry and produced several plays; but she didn’t always know she was a writer. After graduating from King’s, she and some fellow alumni started a theatre company called Stranger Theatre,…

Griffin McInnes

Director, Playwright, Producer

Griffin McInnes is an award-winning playwright and theatre director. Not bad for a guy who hadn’t considered that as a career path before going to university. “I was never a drama kid,” Griffin says. “I didn’t do drama in high school. It didn’t…

Chloé Hung

Writer. Director. Actor.

“I was walking across the King’s quad when I got the call,” Chloé Hung explains. “I had got the part of Juliet! I was jumping up and down!” To get a lead role in a King’s Theatrical Society (KTS) production of Romeo and Juliet was a big deal for a…

Johanna Skibsrud

Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona

When Johanna Skibsrud was just 18, she felt restless. Part of it was being a teen wanting to get on with life and to become a writer. But there was something else. She had finished the Foundation Year Program (FYP) at King’s and it had been, well,…

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 like…

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 help her…

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. Harriet is the social…

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 I try to incorporate all of that into everything I do.”…

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 box is okay. There was no rush to be,…

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.” It was the feedback, as much as…

Shani Hamilton Greenlaw

Senior Project Manager, BaAM Productions

Shani Hamilton Greenlaw has been managing large-scale events for almost eight years now, from NHL outdoor hockey games such as the Winter Classic to the 2020 NFL Super Bowl LIV Opening Night in Miami. It’s no exaggeration to say that Shani has…

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 don’t see what’s…

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 talking about who she was when she…

Dorian Geiger

National Crime Reporter, NBC Universal

Dorian Geiger’s life in Queens, New York, where he works as a national crime reporter for NBC Universal’s Oxygen.com, is a long way from the prairies of southwest Saskatchewan, where he grew up on a wheat farm. “Grain elevators were about the…

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, Sarah Fulford (BAH ’96), had been…

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 edits and curates, to be…

Stephanie McGrath

Vice President of 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 in Halifax as Vice…

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.”…

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. It’s the questions…

Davis Carr

Communications Advisor, Federation for Canadian Municipalities

When Davis Carr wants to do something new, chances are it will get done. “That’s how it was at King’s,” she recalls. “You just go for it.” Since she graduated in 2012, Davis has been a force to be reckoned with in the field of communications. “It…

Arwen Kidd

Project Director, Internews (Sierra Leone) & Multimedia Consultant

Arwen Kidd has never been one to take the easy path. While a student at King’s, she spent a summer in Romania, researching her honours thesis on post-Communist media. A three-month journalism internship chasing stories in Accra, Ghana, gave her a…

Andrew Murphy

Director of Programming, Inside Out

A year at King’s led Andrew Murphy to play a role in redefining Canada’s LGBT landscape by showcasing the best in queer film with Inside Out. Having completed a degree in anthropology at Saint Mary’s University straight out of high school, Andrew…

Kristi Bryson

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’s…

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,…

David Huebert

Writer of Fiction & Poems

David Huebert grew up in Halifax. After years away, he has returned as an author, educator, and critic. “It feels like a bit of an odyssey,” he laughs. After graduating from King’s, David went on to get his Masters at the University of Victoria,…

Ariel Nasr

Filmmaker

It’s hard to imagine how a bout of tendonitis could lead to an Oscar nomination, a place in the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival Gala, and a great gig with the National Film Board (phew!), but it did for Ariel Nasr. This part of his…

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’s and Dalhousie. She nailed it,…

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’t alive until people inhabit…

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 fertile brain. “I was thinking about…

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 varying degrees of success, but I don’t care—I’ve been able to do what I…

Ian Kenny

Programme Coordinator and Communications, Graduate School of Social Sciences Summer Programmes Office, 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 Award. It…

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 have a coal miner or fisherman or fiddle in…

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…

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…

Mitchell Cushman

Artistic Director, Outside the March

Mitchell Cushman is a triplet, which is interesting in its own right as triplets account for just one in ten thousand births, far more rare than twins (one in 250). But what are the odds of a set of triplets attending King’s at the same time? And…

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 of Great Remembering, Ben’s time for pondering…

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 average. “You can strike…

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…

Dr. 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 lecture hall…

Andrew Choptiany

Architect

Andrew Choptiany’s antics on campus earned him the RL Nixon Award for Best Contribution to Residence Life that year. While many credit him for making the Foundation Year Program (FYP) the best year of their lives, he credits King’s, for giving his…

Pete Pachal

Executive Editor, Operations & Strategy at CoinDesk

When Pete Pachal started the one-year Bachelor of Journalism 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 want to work hard, great…

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’s degrees…

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…

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 CNN in Atlanta writing. She’s…

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 and I were quite…

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