PAL Halifax Board


Jeremy Webb

Jeremy Webb is an actor/director/producer and writer. He is thrilled to be Chair of the PALifax board. He was President of ACTRA Maritimes for 8 years and is now National Councilor. He is on the board of Theatre Nova Scotia and runs his own company Off The Leash Creative Ltd. He writes for the Herald. More on Jeremy can be found at www.offtheleash.ca.

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Ann Pocket

Ann Pocket is PAL Halifax’s Operations Administrator. She became the first employee of PALifax (as she fondly refers to it) in September of 2009. Having graduated from NSCAD’s Jewellery & Metalsmithing Program and set up a studio she wanted to be further involved in the arts community. With years of arts administration experience behind her, she wanted to work for a group that she felt passionate about – PAL is the perfect fit!

Ann lives just around the corner from where PALifax’s first official home will hopefully be, she often walks by the site with her four year old twins, Margo and Benjamin, her fantastic dog Pichu and her partner Paul and looks forward to seeing PALifax’s dreams come to life!

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Nancy Morgan

Nancy Morgan is truly happy to be part of the PAL Halifax team.  Nancy had a great time working on last year’s Scrabble with the Stars and is also delighted to be covering for Ann while she spends a wondrous first year with her twins.  Nancy is an arts administrator who has been the GM at Eastern Front Theatre since 2007 and is has recently joined Festival Antigonish as Outreach Coordinator.

She has worked with Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa as well as a past life with Eastern Front.  Nancy is on the Board of Theatre Nova Scotia, the Legacy Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Provincial Council of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association.

With a music degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from St. Mary’s University, Nancy has been a music teacher and arts administrator for more than 20 years…only 20 more to go!  She cannot say enough about the amazing talent of professional theatre artists living and working in Nova Scotia. She lives in Cole Harbour with her two amazing teenage sons.

Many thanks to Gay Hauser, Mary Vingoe and Wendy Lill for welcoming me into this community so many years ago!

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Kimberly Bungay

Kimberly was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and came to Halifax to study at the University of King’s College. But for a brief sojourn in Fredericton for law school, she’s lived in Halifax all of her adult life. She has a BSc. In biology and a BA in English from King’s, and an LLB from the University of New Brunswick. She’s worked as a lawyer at Stewart McKelvey in Halifax for over 20 years.

She has a lifelong interest in the arts. (And has photos of her as a five year old in a tutu, and belting out show tunes in the chorus of her high school musicals to prove it!) She’s been “on the edges” of the local theatre community for many years, as she’s married to Bruce Klinger, a local arts administrator. Having many friends and acquaintances who make their living in various artistic pursuits, she’s committed to the goals of PAL, and the support and dignity that it will provide to the local artistic community.

Deborah Allen

deballenDeborah Allen has worked as an actor, director; voice specialist; broadcaster and coach for over forty years. She was a co-founder of Pal Halifax along with the late David Renton. Deb has appeared in many stage productions and film and television shows during her career. She was also heard as the sleuth, Bonnie Marsden in the highly acclaimed Clean Sweep radio series for CBC. Deb was awarded the Outstanding Actress award by ACTRA for her work in Bag of Bones with Pierce Brosnan. She has also spent considerable time on the boards of arts organizations and professional unions like ACTRA and CAEA.; as well as juries for Canada Council and other arts awards.

Deb is hoping that Pal Hal will find a permanent home for our Halifax constituents in the very near future and is committed to make that happen. I have great faith in the Pal Board and our hardworking staff person, Ann Pocket.

Dan MacDonald

Pictonian Dan MacDonald usually returned every summer, but in December made the final move “down home” to the South Shore.

Long a worker on behalf of colleagues – First President and Founder of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and First President of the newly restructured ACTRA in the late 90’s – he was responsible PAL’s emergence from Toronto onto the national scene, assisting in creating the first PAL Chapters in Stratford, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary and…our own PAL Halifax.

Amidst a busy career, he continues working throughout PAL, presently editing the national newsletter, Palingenesis. His company recently launched a series of colleague-created greeting cards whose profits are donated to PAL throughout Canada.

These Artists’ Greeting Cards, by the way….Plug!..Plug!!…are available for viewing and sale from Dan on his website at tioramarts.ca.


Holly Arsenault

Holly ArsenaultSince returning to her beloved Halifax from a 16 year sojourn on Montrealʼs jazz scene, Holly has been in high demand as a pianist and Music Director. She has appeared with Symphony Nova Scotia and Regis Philbin, among others, and her work in theatre has been recognized with Dora and Merritt Award nominations. Holly is currently at work on her second album of originals, and plays her book of jazz and pop standards each Saturday night at ʻThe Press Gangʼ. Sheʼs been an Executive Board Member of Local 571 of the Canadian Federation of Musicians since 2011.

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Peggy Walt

Peggy WaltPeggy Walt has worked for over 30 years in the arts and culture field in Nova Scotia in the not-for-profit, government and private sector. She has worked with a who’s who of artists and arts organizations – from filmmakers to dancers to writers and musicians, beginning her career with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the precursor to today’s Symphony Nova Scotia. Part of the founding administrative team at Symphony Nova Scotia, she was Box Office Manager and also Public Relations Director for nine years.

In 1991 she joined the Nova Scotia civil service, working with hundreds of artists and cultural industries practitioners through the administration of departmental grants, including the first Nova Scotian federal-provincial cultural agreement. She became Director of Cultural Affairs, supervising a six million budget and a staff of twelve, and worked on the creation of the first Nova Scotia Arts Council.

In 2002 Peggy left government but retained her old job title through the creation of her business, Cultural Affairs Consulting & Promotion. One of her first clients was the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association; she was their Executive Director on a part-time basis for eleven years. Now she is a freelance arts publicist and administrator.



Leica Hardy

leicaLeica Hardy is a master teacher, artistic director and choreographer and for thirty years has worked in Nova Scotia to instil a love of dance in people of all ages. In 2002 Leica founded the Leica Hardy School of Dance, followed by the founding of KiDanCo for pre-professional dance artists in 2012. In May 2011 Leica was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from St. Mary’s University, to honour her contribution to dance and the arts in the Atlantic region. Prior to opening her school Leica was on the faculty of the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts and was the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of the Young Company of Halifax Dance and an instructor at the school.

Leica is an examiner for the Society of Russian Ballet and a member of its National Executive Committee. Leica will celebrate her 25th season as the director/choreographer of Symphony Nova Scotia’s beloved, annual presentation of The Nutcracker in December 2015. More information about Leica can be found at www.leicahardyschoolofdance.com.

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