Our Artistic Team

 

Jeremy Webb

Jeremy Webb

Artistic Director

Annie Valentina

Artistic Associate

Ray Hogg

Affiliate Artist

Patricia Cerra

RBC Chrysalis Artistic Director Intern

Jeremy Webb

Jeremy Webb (he/him) is the twelfth Artistic Director in Neptune Theatre’s history. Prior to Neptune, Jeremy was the Artistic Producer of Eastern Front Theatre.

Jeremy moved to Canada, from his native UK, in 1998, making Halifax home. He grew up in Cambridge and trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Jeremy has been working at Neptune ever since 1998, in so many capacities.

For Neptune he has directed Peter Pan, Mamma Mia!, Shakespeare In Love, Cinderella, Noises Off, Little Thing Big Thing and Calendar Girls. Up next he’s directing Billy Elliot, The Woman In Black, Alice In Pantoland. Jeremy directed Noises Off for The Mayfield Theatre in Edmonton in February 2020.

On stage appearances include ‘Cogsworth’ in Neptune Theatre’s Beauty and The Beast (twice), ‘Jaggers’ in Great Expectations (Neptune Theatre),  ‘Jack’ in Broadway on Argyle St. (WillPower/OTL), ‘George’ in I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Valley Summer Theatre), ‘Macbeth’ in Macbeth (WillPower Theatre),  ‘Max Bialystock’ in The Producers (Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg), ‘Riverdale/Churchill’ in Rexy (Neptune), ‘Under Milk Wood (touring since 2013,) ‘Paul Fisher’ in his own play Fishing (touring since 2012,) ‘Beowulf’ in Beowulf (Two Planks & A Passion), The Comedy of Errors, The Wizard of Oz and Romeo & Juliet(Neptune Theatre), MacBeth, ‘Iago’ in Othello (Shakespeare By The Sea), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beauty & The Beast (Niagara Falls).

His one-man version of A Christmas Carol has been a great success since 2003, touring Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the USA, in schools and theatres since then. His other plays, Shakespeare On Trial and Fishing, have also both toured for years. 

Jeremy won a Best Actor Merritt Award for his portrayal of ‘Iago’ in Othello, for Shakespeare By The Sea and a Best Director Merritt for Little Thing, Big Thing.

He won the 2010 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre and The Coast (Halifax’s weekly newspaper) Best Theatre Actor Award in 2007, 2009 and 2010 (2008 wasn’t such a great year!) In 2013, Jeremy won the Creative Arts Nova Scotia Established Artist Award. In 2014, Off The Leash/Jeremy Webb won the 2014 Touring Performers Award, presented by The Atlantic Presenters Association.

In 2017, he was awarded The ACTRA David Renton Award of Excellence (for service to the film & TV union.)

If you ask him, he'll tell you he is most proud of two ‘productions’ Dylan (6 years) and Samuel (8 years.)


Annie Valentina

Annie Valentina (she/her) is a theatre artist and multidisciplinary storyteller. Since graduating from the Fountain School of Performing Arts (Dalhousie 2004), Annie has been co-founder of three Halifax-based indie theatre companies, worked as an actor in film and TV, and – as one half of The Doppler Effect – helped develop 10+ original plays and bring them to the stage in award-winning productions. Her passion for new work development, supporting emerging artists, and challenging the gender- and heteronormative lens are ever-present in her work.

While perhaps best known to Nova Scotia audiences for her Merritt-nominated memoir play Alien (2013), which chronicles her personal journey of immigration and cultural dissonance, she is presently most focused on her work as director, dramaturge and coordinator of Neptune’s mentorship programs Chrysalis and INKubator.  

Since joining Neptune as Artistic Associate in 2018, Annie has directed the East Coast premiere of Lo (Or Dear Mr Wells) by Rose Napoli and the world premiere of Pleasureville by Ellen Denny on Neptune’s own stage. Other recent adventures include a stint in NYC as a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre’s Directors Lab (2019), and the co-creation of DISPATCH, a Halifax-based interactive puzzle game/outdoor experience for the era of Covid-safe entertainment (2020). Also notably, becoming a Canadian citizen after nearly two decades of residence – the epilogue to Alien she has yet to write.


    Ray Hogg

    Ray Hogg (he/him) is a Black Canadian arts leader with over 20 years of experience as a theatre artist. He is the founding Artistic Director of Prime Mover Theatre Company, Deputy Artistic Director of Musical Stage Company, and, since 2017, has worked alongside Neptune Theatre Artistic Director Jeremy Webb as Affiliate Artist.  From 2012-2017, Ray Hogg was the Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s 2,300- seat theatre, Rainbow Stage.  During his tenure at Rainbow Stage, Ray ushered in an era of unprecedented artistic growth and excellence, forged acclaimed partnerships with flagship institutions such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and spearheaded the creation of nationally recognized professional arts training programs.

    Prime Mover Theatre Company is Canada’s newest theatre company dedicated to the advancement of marginalized artistic voices through advocacy, artist training, and large-scale co-production.  The company focuses on developing and championing exceptional artists and their works, developing new live-performance work, and assembling production partners from flagship organizations across the country.    In October 2020 the company developed its creative artist development program - The Legacy Project (which includes The Creator’s Lab, NoteWorthy, and the RBC Chrysalis project).


    Patricia Cerra

    Patricia (she/her) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist; at present, she works as a director, performer and educator. She has been involved in over thirty productions with theatres around the country. Recently she has been recognized with the Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role, Comedy. Patricia has had the pleasure of world-premiering many new works and finds great joy in play development. She has been to the Banff Playwrights Lab collaborating with national and international playwrights on over a dozen brand new works. She will be debuting her short play as a part of the Sprouts Festival in 2021. Patricia also serves her community in various committees and initiatives including the 35//50 Initiative YEG and the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force with CAEA. She is also on the Board of Directors for Theatre Alberta. Patricia completed her training at the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program and has graduated from the University of Alberta BFA Acting program with Distinction.  

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