Matchstick Theatre is an emerging production company in Halifax, NS with three core members: Producer Alex Mills, Artistic Director Jake Planinc, and Company Manager Chelsea Dickie.
Matchstick’s aim is to revitalize contemporary Canadian plays, striving to ignite, affect, and ultimately transform its audience with every performance.
In late 2014 Jake founded Sackville Student Theatre with which he directed and produced Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art’ and David French’s Salt-Water Moon in Sackville, New Brunswick. After finishing school at Mount Allison, Jake had a brief stop in Toronto where he directed and produced David Mamet’s Oleanna. He then returned to the east coast and formed Matchstick Theatre with Chelsea Dickie and Alex Mills in Halifax. 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. So far in 2018, Jake has 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. Jake is originally from St. Catharines, Ontario.
Chelsea is the Company Manager of Matchstick Theatre, and currently sits on the board of directors for the Bus Stop Theatre Coop as their Vice Chair. She has spent the last few years working as a freelance Stage Manager around the province, and has been lucky enough to have managed many in-house shows with many different companies. Selected SM credits include: Festival Antigonish’s Summer 2016 season, and The Glass Menagerie, Side-by-Side’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Spring Awakening, Heather Baglole’s collective piece Speak!, Down the Rabbit Hole with Halifax Circus, The Doppler Effect’s fringe hit HEROIC, as well as 2017 Halifax Fringe hits Return to Baker Street and Borghild. With Matchstick she has stage managed Catherine Banks’ Bitter Rose and Bone Cage in 2017. She has also gone on tour with TNTS’s production of Godspell, Workshirt Opera’s Orlando, and the Villain’s Theatre with their fringe premiere of In The Telling.
Alex Mills is the Producer of Peter Fechter, and Treasurer 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 two 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.