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Atlantic Team

  • Trish Gibbon; Regional Coordinator & Lead Teacher

    In her years as a both a student and teacher, Trish has developed an unwavering belief in the positive and transformative impact the arts can have on young people who live in difficult and challenging situations.

    Trish’s interest in the arts and working with children and youth has been life long, while her more specific interest in combining the two began in her undergraduate years studying Recreation Management at Acadia University, where she created and lead visual arts workshops with a population of local at-risk youth as part of a personal initiative project.

    Always a fan of lifelong learning, Trish has since completed additional coursework in art therapy, studio art and architecture. Upon moving back to the maritimes fifteen years ago, Trish completed her Bachelor of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University and has been working at various schools within the Halifax Regional School Board for the past several years. She is extremely happy, through DAREarts, to combine her passion for working with children with her love of the arts.
  • Alan Syliboy, Lone Cloud; Artist as Educator

    Alan Syliboy grew up believing that native art was generic. “As a youth, I found painting difficult and painful, because I was unsure of my identity.” But his confidence grew in 1972 when he studied privately with Shirley Bear. He then attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where 25 years later, he was invited to sit on the Board of Governors.  Syliboy looked to the indigenous Mi’kmaq petroglyph tradition for inspiration and developed his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms.  His popularization of these symbolic icons has conferred on them a mainstream legitimacy that restores community pride in its Mi’kmaq heritage.

    He has shown his work in numerous group and solo exhibits all over the world, from Europe to Japan, as well as in Canada and the United States.  In 1999, he was commissioned to design a 22kt $200.00 gold coin for the Royal Canadian Mint. In 2009, he was selected to participate in the Vancouver 2010 Venues Aboriginal Art Program at the 2010 Winter Olympics in BC, Canada, for which he produced several unique projects including a ninety-six foot mural, a six-foot Coca Cola Bottle, as well as a fifteen foot sculpture, a collaborative work between he and nine other artists.  Later that year, he had the opportunity to present a portrait of Grand Chief Membertou to Queen Elizabeth II on her 22nd visit to Halifax, NS. His 2010 Film, “Little Thunder”, an animated collaboration between Syliboy, Director Nance Ackerman and Animator Paton Francis has been screened at numerous Film Festivals, and received the Best Animation Film Award at the First Peoples Festival in Montreal. In 2010, he was short-listed for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterwork Arts Award. In 2011 Alan launched “The Dream Canoe” Animation. In 2012 Alan was elected to the Board of Directors for the East Coast Music Awards. Alan’s band Lone Cloud won the 2013 ECMA award for “Best Aboriginal Album”. Alan’s highlight from many other activities was his 2013 mural installation at the Halifax International Airport. In 2014 Alan’s Thundermaker exhibit was short-listed for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks of Art Award.

    Alan still lives and works in Millbrook, NS, where he was born and raised.  He creates his art in his studio in Truro, NS. Visit his website at AlanSyliboy.ca.

  • Henricus Gielis; Artist as Educator

    Henricus Gielis is a Halifax-based actor/improviser and writer. A recent graduate from the Fountain School of Performing Arts, and a regular performer with Make 'em Ups Improv Co. He also works nationally with the Canadian Improv Games as a trainer and referee, and teaches with Neptune Theatre School. 





  • Shalan Joudry; Artist as Educator

    Shalan Joudry is an Indigenous oral storyteller, hand-drum singer and poet from the traditional district of Kespukwitk, NS. Shalan trained at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Aboriginal Dance).  She lives and works in her community of Bear River First Nation with her two young daughters.  In schools and on the stage, Shalan uses her theatrical background to bring Mi’kmaw legends and Mi’kmaw storyweaving custom to a new generation.


  • Alexis Milligan; Artist as Educator

    Alexis Milligan is an internationally acclaimed performing artist and teacher with a number of awards and nominations for her work in theatre, film, dance and puppetry.  She is the founding director of Transitus Creative, a company which employs the creative arts as a powerful tool for communication. For more information about Alexis and her work please visit transitus.ca or AlexisMilligan.com.
  • Ross Unger; Artist as Educator

    Ross Unger is an Australian/Canadian social justice community artists with a background in musical theatre, jazz, film, and game design. In 2016 he started Dramatic Changes, a nonprofit that works with marginalized communities to explore local issues using the arts, especially musical theatre, improv or narrative based creation.




  • June Zinck; Artist as Educator

    A recent graduate the Neptune Musical Theatre Foundations Program, June worked this summer as assistant stage manager in LunaSea Theatre's 'Leaving Wonderland', Willpower Theatre's production of 'Broadway on Argyle Street' and Valley Summer Theatre's 'I'll Be Back Before Midnight'. She was involved in live theatre in Halifax as a musician before moving to Newfoundland where she competed her BA at Memorial University.
DAREarts Atlantic is supported by the McCain Foundation, Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, and the RBC Foundation.
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