Halifax’s 2b theatre company has announced LaMeia Reddick as its new executive director and will lead the company with founding artistic director Christian Barry.
Calling her an inspiration, Barry says in a media release that Reddick displayed a rare degree of passion, integrity, wisdom, and warmth through the search process.
“She embodies everything I hope to be as a leader. I eagerly look forward to writing the next chapter at 2b with LaMeia,” says Barry.
Stepping into the executive director position at 2b theatre company at this time in history is a real gift. – LaMeia Reddick
With roots in North Preston and Dartmouth, Reddick grew her career as a community engagement specialist through her work and volunteerism and is currently chair of Halifax’s Wonder’neath Arts Society.
Reddick has previously worked with several other initiatives, including the North Preston Surf Program, Arts Culture Community Economics Halifax, One North End Community Economic Development Society and as a community partner with Canada’s National Ballet School.
Reddick says she was drawn to 2B theatre’s search process by the company’s “statement of intent to divest from cultural and social norms of white supremacy.”
“2b took the time to listen and learn as part of a rigorous search to find a visionary leader to join their team,” she says in the release. “I am thrilled about the opportunity to bring my gifts and skills to the company. I am showing up with love, care, and curiosity.”
Founded in 1999, 2b theatre has grown from a fledgling student start-up to an internationally recognized leader in new theatre creation. 2b’s work has been presented in 64 cities, in 13 countries, on five continents, and in three languages, winning awards and accolades worldwide.
Reddick’s appointment comes following the departure of the company’s other founding artistic director Anthony Black and both its managing producer and managing director.
“I’m looking forward to building cross-cultural connections and digging into the rich history of the performing arts community in Nova Scotia,” says Reddick. “Stepping into the executive director position at 2b theatre company at this time in history is a real gift.”
Editor’s Note (14 May 2021): This article was amended to better reflect the departure of Anthony Black and the company’s managing producer and managing director.