Matchstick Theatre is an emerging production company in Halifax, NS with three core members: Finance Director Alex Mills, Artistic Director Jake Planinc, and Managing Director Chelsea Dickie.
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Matchstick revitalizes classic and contemporary Canadian plays, striving to ignite, affect, and ultimately transform its audience with every performance.
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In 3 years, Matchstick has produced seven Canadian plays, offering a platform which supports both emerging and established artists. In that time they have engaged with six local and nationally renowned playwrights, fifteen backstage theatre artists and designers, and twenty-three local actors. Matchstick is thrilled to be a driving force in the emerging theatre arts scene in Halifax and will continue to offer passionate and challenging productions.

       The Team       

Jake Planinc   Artistic Director

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Jake Planinc is the founding Artistic Director of Matchstick Theatre. In 2017 Matchstick produced Daniel MacIvor’s In On It, as well as Catherine Banks’ Bitter Rose and Bone Cage, all of which Jake directed. In 2018, he assistant directed two plays at Neptune Theatre: Mary-Colin Chisholm’s Half-Cracked: The Legend of Sugar Mary and Drew Hayden Taylor’s In a World Created by a Drunken God, and directed Matchstick’s productions of Don Hannah’s The Woodcutter and John Mighton’s The Little Years. So far in 2019, he has directed Matchstick’s production of Michael Melski’s Joyride and Henricus Gielis’ King of the Goats.
Jake is originally from St. Catharines, Ontario.

Chelsea Dickie   Managing Director

Chelsea is one of the founding members and the Managing Director of Matchstick Theatre, the Chair of the Board of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op, the new Nova Scotia High School DramaFest Coordinator, and the proud recipient of Neptune’s Chrysalis Emerging Artist Award for the 2019 Merritts. She’s spent the last few years as both a Drama teacher within the HRSB, and working as a freelance Stage Manager around the province, having managed many shows with a wide range of different wonderful companies such as Neptune Theatre, The Doppler Effect, Villain’s Theatre, Workshirt Opera, Festival Antigonish, TAG, Side-by-Side productions, TNTS, and Terra Novella Theatre.
With Matchstick she has produced and stage managed Catherine Banks’ Bitter Rose and Bone Cage in 2017, Jordan Tannahill’s Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, Don Hannah’s The Woodcutter, John Mighton’s The Little Years in 2018, and most recently Joyride by Michael Melski in January 2019, presented on the Neptune Studio Stage as part of their Open Spaces program.

Alex Mills   Financial Director

 

Alex Mills is the Finance Director of Matchstick Theatre. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Dalhousie University, and is currently working towards getting a Chartered Professional Accounting Designation. Alex has also sat on the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op’s board of directors as Treasurer for the past three years. Aside from accounting, Alex plays bass guitar with the band Elektrik Boogaloo, and has also played in the ensemble for Side-by- Side Productions’ You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Spring Awakening. More recently, Alex has become more involved with producing theatre. Stage Managing credits include Terra Novella Theatre’s The Wrath of Ponzi, and Matchstick Theatre’s In On It.

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