Chelsea, Alex, and Jake

Matchstick Theatre is an emerging, professional, Kjipuktuk/Halifax-based theatre company

with three core members:
Managing Director Chelsea Dickie,
Financial Director Alex Mills,
and Artistic Director Jake Planinc.


We revitalize classic Canadian plays and produce challenging contemporary theatre. We strive to ignite, affect,
and ultimately transform our audience
with every performance.

The Team   

Artistic Director   Jake Planinc

Jake (he/him) is the founding Artistic Director of Matchstick Theatre and Assistant Festival Director with the Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax Festival of Working People and the Arts. With Matchstick, he has directed Daniel MacIvor’s In On It, Catherine Banks’ Bitter Rose and Bone Cage, Don Hannah’s The Woodcutter, John Mighton’s The Little Years, Michael Melski’s Joyride and Henricus Gielis’ King of the Goats. In 2018, Jake assistant directed two plays at Neptune Theatre: Mary-Colin Chisholm’s Half-Cracked and Drew Hayden Taylor’s In a World Created by a Drunken God. In 2021, he directed Matchstick’s readings of David French’s Leaving Home and Joan MacLeod’s Toronto, Mississippi. In 2022, he directed a site-specific production of Annie Baker’s play The Aliens behind Propeller Brewing with Theatre in Space. Jake is currently an MFA Directing candidate at the University of Alberta.

Managing Director   Chelsea Dickie

Chelsea (she/her) is a stage manager, arts administrator, drama teacher, and indie producer based out of Kjipuktuk/Halifax (originally from South Maitland, NS). She currently works in various arts management positions as the Administration and Outreach Manager at 2b theatre company, the provincial Coordinator of the NS High School DramaFest, the Education Director for the Halifax Fringe Festival, and is one of the founders and Managing Director for her own production company Matchstick Theatre. Chelsea is also very proud to have sat as the past chair of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op, and to be the recipient of Neptune’s Chrysalis Emerging Artist Award for the 2019 Merritts.

Previously Chelsea has stage managed many shows with a wide range of different wonderful companies such as 2b theatre, Neptune Theatre, Nestuita’si Storytelling, Villain’s Theatre, Workshirt Opera, The Doppler Effect, Festival Antigonish, Theatre Arts Guild, and Terra Novella Theatre.
With Matchstick she has produced and stage managed all of the company’s shows in their five years together. Including In On It, Bitter Rose and Bone Cage in 2017, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, The Woodcutter, and The Little Years in 2018, Joyride and King of the Goats in 2019, and most recently their series ‘Footnotes’, an Evening of 3 Short Plays by Hannah Moscovitch (Essay, USSR, and Mexico City) in September 2021.

Financial Director    Alex Mills

Alex Mills (he/him) is an indie theatre producer, musician, and treasurer working in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Dalhousie, and obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2021. Alex uses his financial acumen to serve on a number of arts organizations’ board of directors. He is proud to sit as the current Treasurer for Theatre Nova Scotia, the Halifax Fringe Festival, and Zuppa Theatre, and he was previously the Treasurer of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op during their recent capital campaign to purchase their building in 2020. He was incredibly grateful when his work with all of these vital organizations earned him the Outstanding Volunteer award at the 2019 Nova Scotia Merritt Awards.


Alex is one of the founding members and the Financial Director of Matchstick Theatre, and he has produced all of their shows to date, including: In On It, Bitter Rose and Bone Cage in 2017; Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, The Woodcutter, and The Little Years in 2018; Joyride and King of the Goats in 2019; and their series ‘Footnotes’ an Evening of 3 Short Plays by Hannah Moscovitch (Essay, USSR, and Mexico City) in September 2021. Musically, Alex has played in pit bands for various theatrical productions such as Spring Awakening and Godspell, and he also plays bass guitar for a collection of local rock and dance bands. Including his funk cover band Elektrik Boogaloo from 2013-2019, the Fleetwood Mac tribute band The Profit Shares in 2018, and now currently plays with Dolly and the Deadlines, a drag rock cover band, playing in venues all over Kjipuktuk.