Jacob Sampson

Role: John Solomon Moses 2b: Debut. Neptune: Shakespeare in Love. Other Theatre: Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing (SBTS), Chasing Champions (Ships Company & EFT), The Reversal of Peter Dawson (Ships Company Theatre & Stepping Stone), Settling Africville (San Family Productions). Film: Trailer Park Boys (Netflix), Let’s Get Physical (Grandma’s House Entertainment), SEED (City T.V), Sex & Violence (Emotion Pictures).

Sophia Walker

Role: Anna. 2b/Neptune: Debut. Other Theatre: Blood Wedding, Jitters and The Heidi Chronicles (Soulpepper); Mary in Mary's Wedding (The Blyth Festival); Salima in the Dora Award-Winning Ruined (Obsidian Theatre); Menelaus and Kerthia in Dora Award-Winning The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre), and Theatre Centre's Dora Award-Winning Boblo, a rock-n-roll concert. Walker has spent the last ten seasons performing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where she was part of The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Film/TV: Carmilla (web series/feature film), AMC's The Divide, Catarina Loss on Shadow Hunters. Walker also appeared in the film Born to be Blue, the series 12 Monkeys, Rookie Blue, and Designated Survivor. Other: Love to my family and Gil.

Jim Codrington

Role: Reverend Eli 2b: Debut. Neptune: Harlem Duet STRATFORD: Romeo and Juliet, The Breathing Hole, Treasure Island. MIRVISH: The Lion King. PERSEPHONE: Othello. MAGNUM: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. FILM/TV: Lead roles in The Border (series), Zone of Separation (series) and A Passage to Ottawa (film), supporting, recurring and principal roles in over a hundred other productions and series. Other: Jim is thrilled to be both returning to Neptune Theatre and playing a part in this brilliant new production. Daniel Ellis

Role: Samuel. 2b/Neptune: Debut. Other Theatre: speaking of sneaking (Why Not Theatre); Risky Phil (Young People’s Theatre); Lukumi (Watah Theatre); The Circle (Tarragon Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pacific Opera Victoria). Awards: 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination Recipient for Outstanding Performer, Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production. Other: What a blessing to be back in Halifax - love and gratitude in abundance!

Murleta Williams

Role: Chorister/Musical Director. 2b: Debut. Other: Theatre includes work with both Neptune, Mulgrave Road Theatre and Eastern Front Theatre Companies. Murleta has also worked in Film, Television, Print and Radio. She has performed musically throughout North America, directed numerous choirs, hosted Gospel Brunches and conducted Gospel Music workshops, and lectures in Canada and the United States. Murleta is currently Supply Minister of Music at the Mahone Bay United Baptist Church and supplies music for Select Services and functions throughout Nova Scotia. She performs with The Williams Sisters singing Gospel, and has completed a series of Gospel Brunches. A native of New Glasgow, Murleta dedicates her performance to her first fans who encouraged her by paying for her Performing Arts Education and now watch from their Thrones on High.

Charla Williams

Role: Chorister. 2b/Neptune: Debut. Other: While Charla has been singing gospel with family her entire life and is well known for her work as a masterful Emcee, this is her first foray into the world of professional theatre.  Love and hugs to family and friends whose support and encouragement is greatly appreciated.

Chiamaka G. Ugwu

Role: Chorister. 2b/Neptune: Debut. Obsidian: The Drum Major Instinct (reading), Just Me You and the Silence (IFT/Obsidian reading). Other Theatre: Acting - The Bonds of Interest (Odyssey Theatre, workshop), Osia (Kuka Productions - Summerworks ‘16 Outstanding Ensemble), Dark Love (New Harlem, workshop), Blood Wedding (Modern Times/Aluna Theatre - Dora nomination). Directing - The Disappearance of Laura May (fu-GEN), Broken Windows (bcurrent, Theatre Inspirato), The Twelve-Forty (Theatre Inspirato - Audience Choice Award). Film & Television: Forbidden (Discovery ID). Other: Chiamaka is a Chalmers Fellow and currently writing as part of Factory and Obsidian Theatre’s Playwrights’ Units. She is also Halifax-born and happy to back!


Creative Team

Shauntay Grant

Role: Playwright. 2b/Neptune: Debut. Other: Shauntay Grant is a writer and multidisciplinary artist from Halifax. She has been playwright in residence at 2b theatre company, and she served as Halifax's third poet laureate. A finalist for a 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award, her honours include a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize, a Best Atlantic-Published Book prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, and a Poet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada. Shauntay’s plays have been commissioned by Eastern Front Theatre, and presented by Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop and Toronto’s b current. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies, and her multidisciplinary art installations exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Dalhousie Art Gallery. Shauntay holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. She is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University in the Department of English, where she teaches creative writing.

Anthony Black

Role: Director. 2b: One Discordant Violin, Unconscious at the Sistine Chapel, When it Rains/ Cuando Llueve, Invisible Atom, Manners of Dying, Homage, The Story of Mr. Wright. Neptune: Soul Alone, Fathers & Sons, The Marilyn Tapes, Masked, Lungs. Other Theatre: Half-Life (Theatre Aquarius), Geometry in Venice, Criminal Genius, Heroes (Festival Antigonish), Let’s Try This Standing (Keep Good), De España Con Amor (Atlantic Flamenco), King Ubu (Dal Theatre). Anthony’s work as a director, writer, and performer has toured extensively nationally and internationally; he’s performed in French, directed in Spanish, and has received awards and acclaim at home and abroad. Anthony is a mentor to emerging artists, and is committed to the growth and cultural life of Halifax.

Sylvia Bell

Role: Production & Stage Manager. 2b: One Discordant Violin. Neptune: Argyle Street Kitchen Party. Other Theatre: Some Blow Flutes (HomeFirst), Princess Rules, New Waterford Boy (Heist), Slut:The Play, Les and Dawn (LunaSea Theatre), The West Woods (Mulgrave Road Theatre), Broadway on Argyle Street (Off The Leash). Film/TV Recent Credits: Duck Duck Goose by Shelley Thompson (Producer - Duck Down Productions), Grace by Taylor Olsen (Producer - AfroViking Pictures). Special Events Management: East Coast Music Awards, Atlantic International Film Festival. Awards: Best Atlantic Short - Duck Duck Goose FIN Film Festival (Producer), Robert E. Merritt Award (Stage Management). Training: Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Other: I’m blessed to work in the community I do with the family ever supportive of the time I give. My love and kind thanks to you all.

Olivia McGinn

Role: Assistant Stage Manager. 2b: Debut. Neptune: KAMP: A New Musical (a co-production with Eastern Front Theatre) The Songs of the Rat Pack, A Christmas Story. Other Theatre: Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion (Eastern Front Theatre); A Rat Pack Christmas with Geordie Brown & Heather Rankin, The Advent Show (Spatz Theatre); The West Woods (Mulgrave Road Theatre); Martha (Festival Antigonish); The Changeling: Chimes of Bedlam, Tyrant, The Spanish Tragedy (The Villain’s Theatre); Peter & the Starcatcher, Heathers: The Musical (Whale Song Theatre); Seminar (Kick at the Dark Theatre); Stop Kiss, Cartography, dark matter, and The Story of a Sinking Man (Atlantic Fringe Festival).

Leigh Ann Vardy

Role: Lighting Designer. 2b: The God That Comes, What a Young Wife Ought to Know, Invisible Atom, Soul Alone, Manners of Dying. Neptune: Select, recent: Cinderella, KAMP, Mamma Mia, Saltwater Moon. Other Theatre: Recent favorite projects include The Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre), The Silver Arrow (Citadel Theatre), As You Like It, The Diary of Anne Frank (Stratford), Between Breaths, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud), Metamorphoses, The Importance of Being Earnest (National Arts Centre). Leigh Ann is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. She is the recipient of six Merritt awards for design, and was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. When not designing, she teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada

Chelsey Jenkins

Role: Assistant Lighting Designer. 2b/Neptune: Debut. Other Theatre: Purgatorio, Drums and Organs, The Piper, The Man of Mode, Orlando, Coram Boy, Stage Door, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rimers of Eldritch, The Green Bird (Dalhousie Fountain School of Performing Arts); Mouvance (Open Waters Festival); Hound of the Baskervilles, Kingfisher Days, Stage Kiss, Martha (Festival Antigonish).

Rachel Forbes

Role: Set and Costume Designer. 2b/Neptune: Debut. Other Theatre: Choir Boy (Centaur Theatre), Ryerson Dances 2018 (RSP), Portia’s Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Pygmalion (Guild Festival Theatre), Risky Phil (Young People's Theatre), Speaking of Sneaking (Riser Project), Other Side of the Game (Obsidian Theatre/Cahoots), Lukumi: a dub opera, Bleeders, Bloodclaat, Esu Crossing the Middle Passage (Watah Theatre), The Dream Catchers (Charlottetown Festival), 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (Shaw Festival), Black Boys (Saga Collectif/Buddies in Bad Times), How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre/Trey Anthony Productions). Other:


Luciana Silvestre Fernandes

Role: Assistant Director. Neptune: Debut. Other Theatre: As Director: Silence (UBC), A Yorkshire Tragedy, Antigones, Antigone (UVIC); Hansel in Lederhosen, How'd you get Those Eyes, The Madonna Painter (Taboo Theatre); Grumble, Waltz #6 (Fringe Festival); Edward II (The Villain's Theatre); Visiting Hours, Living the Cave (Dal New Works). As Assistant Director: Blood Wedding (DalTheatre); Touch (Doppler Effect) Revenger's Tragedy, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (The Villain's Theatre). Film/TV: As Director: A Domestic Tragedy (short film). Training: UBC (MFA Theatre Directing 2020); Dalhousie (B.A. Theatre Studies and English). Other: Luciana is thrilled to be returning home to Halifax and very thankful to Jeremy Webb for the opportunity.

Rooks Field-Green

Role: Script Coordinator 2B/Obsidian/Neptune: Debut Other Theatre: This Is Nowhere (Zuppa Theatre Co.); Live Out Theatre Festival, QTE's,(DaPoPo Theatre); Don Juan Returns From the War (Fountain School of Performing Arts); A Swim (King's Infringement Festival). Other: Love, support and gratitude to trans and BIPOC theatre artists.