March Break 2022 faculty

Ivy Charles

All About the Arctic, Time Travellers, and The Funky Fundy!

Ivy Abbott-Charles (she/her) is a Halifax-based actor with a Master’s degree in Performance (Classical & Contemporary) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a certificate in Puppetry Arts from Mermaid Theatre. She has performed and collaborated on immersive theatre, children’s theatre, and political theatre, working with many local companies including DaPoPo, Zuppa, Unnatural Disaster Theatre, and Eastern Front. Ivy has four years of experience teaching drama workshops and classes at Neptune Theatre School, for toddlers, children, and teens. Over the last few years, she has also delved into the film world, acting in several short films, TV shows, and commercials.

elizabeth sircom

Across the Seas, All the Fish in the Sea, Fabulous Forests, Castles & Crowns, and Art in the 3rd Dimension!

Originally from Hantsport, Nova Scotia, Elizabeth Sircom studied French at Dalhousie University (1981-83) and the Université de Tours, France (1983/84) before deciding to pursue a career in Fine Arts. She received her art training in Paris, France, and lived in Normandy for 20 years, working as a professional artist and art teacher (drawing, painting and clay sculpture). She returned with her family to live in Nova Scotia in 2013 and since then has been an active member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, CARFAC and the Nova Scotia Potters’ Guild, giving many workshops, in both English and French, to adults and children through the PAINTS and ArtsSmarts programmes, and at the Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville. 

Colleen MacIssac

Ancient Egypt

Colleen MacIsaac is a multi-disciplinary artist working in theatre, illustration, comics, animation, graphic design, and performance. The winner of the Halifax Mayor’s Award for Emerging Theatre Artist and the Helen Hill Animated Award, Colleen has a daily art practice that has been going for over 2900 consecutive days, which you can follow at

Sam hall

Animation Studio, Comic Creations, and Animations! It’s Alive

Hey! I’m Sam Hall. I’m an illustrator based in Halifax, NS. I graduated from NSCAD University in 2017 with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and minors in Illustration and Art History. I work in a variety of mediums that often overlap, incorporating digital and traditional media into fun fantasy-themed illustration, animation and comics. I work at an animation studio as a background layout artist, currently on the TV series Curious George. I sometimes table at local comic conventions. I used to race sprint kayak, I like to cook, I play a lot of D&D, and I have a pet lizard.

i'thandi munro

Jewelry & Metalwork and Sculpture Studio

I’thandi Munro is a mixed Afro-Euro L’nu woman living in K’jipuktuk, Miꞌkmaꞌki, the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Munro is Professional performance and visual artist. In 2020 she completed her BFA earning a double major in Photography + Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University. As a racialized person living in a postcolonial environment, Munro uses the representation of line and of lineage as the underlying concepts through her fine art, craft, and dance. Often merging mediums into finished pieces there is always a sense of multiness within her work. Melding notions of the digital within her craft, Munro continuously seeks to learn new ways of making. She leaves space for her pieces to naturally evolve through reaction and discussion. This creates an ever changing flux body of work that can be continued, explored, and realized in many different ways. I’thandi Munro is the Owner of Bireti ; Precious metal, gemstones, & beadwork jewellery that celebrate & embrace the beauty of lines & tones.

Ian mckay

Lots of Lights and Lasers!

Maker, Prentendgineer and artist. I love solving problems in creative ways and helping people learn with their hands.

Ian Sherwood

Creative Music Studio

Guitar, saxophone, huge songwriting and a voice that won him a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer, Ian Sherwood Brings The Light to every stage he stands on. A born storyteller and a constant creator, his music dances the line between folk and pop. His live performances thrive on intimacy. Whether it’s a theatre show or large festival stage, his persona is irresistible and completely destroys fourth walls.


When not touring the UK, US or all across Canada Sherwood produces for other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He most recently won a 2017 Robert Merritt for Outstanding Original Score for the play “Tompkinsville”. He was named Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as “… a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.”

Maggie maccormick

Textiles Studio

Maggie MacCormick is the owner and founder of ‘Maggie Jayne’ a small fashion/design company based in Halifax. 

bree hyland

Visual Arts Studio: Painting & Drawing

Bree Hyland studied painting and drawing at NSCAD University (BFA 2014). She currently lives and works in Scots Bay, Nova Scotia/ Sipekne’katik one of the seven regions of Mi’kma’ki Canada. Bree’s process of drawing and painting generates unexpected outcomes, seeking to invent simple and direct forms of representation that weave together various painting traditions and diverse subject matter from folk art, medieval illuminated manuscripts, botanical illustrations, high fashion photography, pre Renaissance art and early modernist painting. Bree’s projects have received the support of Arts Nova Scotia, Canada Council for the Arts, and she is a seasonal faculty member at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.

Julie thomas

Musical Theatre Studio

Julie is thrilled to be returning for her second summer at Ross Creek. She holds a BFA with Honours in Musical Theater, specializing in Acting and Repertoire from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Some of her past credits include: Halifax: John and Jen (Neptune Theater), New York: Room 16, Tortoise and the Hare, Hungarian Nights (NYMF), Regional: Room 16 (Goodspeed Opera House), Angels, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Strike Up the Band (Boston). Julie currently teaches voice and acting with Stagecoach Halifax and privately in Dartmouth; she has taught in California, New York and Boston and truly loves it. When teaching, Julie hopes all of her students are left feeling more confident in themselves, their abilities and their uniqueness both on stage and off. She strives to build an environment where everyone feels comfortable and safe trying new things, challenging their skills, making mistakes and growing in their love of the theatre.

stephanie rybczyn


Steph Rybczyn is a multi-disciplinary artist working in K’Jipuktuk ( Halifax NS). Her work explores relationships between bodies: the fleshy body and the imagined self; the body in relationship with world; the feeling and experiencing body; eroding the constructed separations between the body and “landscape” ie. the world we not only inhabit but to which we are joined.

Anna edwards borcherdt

Lots of Lights and Lasers!

Anna is a Swedish/Canadian photographer. Shooting with digital and film cameras, she uses both as an exploration of the medium. With many years in front of the camera in fashion as a model and as a performing musician, she is uniquely empathetic to the experience of her subjects. She seeks to visually capture and share the beauty of the natural world, through landscape and portraiture. Her goal is to connect basic theory with inner intuition to help others grow their own photographic expression.

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