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.

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Matchstick’s aim is to revitalize contemporary Canadian plays, striving to ignite, affect, and ultimately transform its audience with every performance.

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Jake Planinc   Artistic Director

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In late 2014 Jake founded Sackvil
le 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 Dickie   Company Manager

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   Producer

 

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.

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