About Live Bait

Mandate & Mission

Live Bait Theatre is committed to enhancing the cultural life of the central Maritime region by providing entertaining and innovative professional theatre as well as a variety of other live performances including dinner theatre, comedy and live music.

Live Bait Theatre tells entertaining, thought-provoking stories with an emphasis on new Canadian scripts and plays that are new to the central Maritime region. Live Bait is committed to contributing to the canon of Canadian theatre by nurturing new plays and visionary artists.

Live Bait Theatre is a registered non-profit charitable organization that operates under the guidelines and rules of the Independent Theatre Agreement of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.


Live Bait Theatre, located in Sackville, New Brunswick, has the unique responsibility of being the only professional theatre company operating in English in the region, and one of only a few fully professional companies operating in New Brunswick. The company was founded in 1988 by Mount Allison graduates Randy White, Ann Rowley, Ross Murray, Karen Valanne and Charlie Rhindress. The artistic leadership eventually went to Charlie and Karen, who developed Live Bait into a theatre company with a reputation for excellence, for fostering new works, developing regional theatre artists, and strong community involvement.

Over the years, the company has nurtured playwrights, actors, directors and designers from the Atlantic region, while also introducing audiences to plays from elsewhere in Canada and the international repertoire. Live Bait’s history of producing original and established plays, musicals and revues has significantly enhanced the cultural life of this central maritime region.

In 2004, Live Bait Theatre moved into its own space in downtown Sackville, a step forward that was celebrated by the staff, board of directors and the community. Moving beyond various temporary performance spaces took the company in a logical and exciting direction. New plays were developed and premiered, and the company seemed to be on solid ground.

In 2012, due to increasing rental costs and decreasing revenue, the company had no choice but to vacate their home of 8 years, and in the aftermath, the company went through some hard times, including the loss of its professional staff. However, the Board of Directors worked ceaselessly, determined that Live Bait Theatre would continue to produce.

Now, thanks to their efforts, Live Bait Theatre has professional staff in place and we are looking forward to the next act in our great adventure.

Staff & Governance

Shawn Bostick, General Manager

2014 Music New Brunswick Educator of the Year Nominee Shawn Bostick is a performer, recording artist, educator and arts manager living in Eastern Canada. He holds music degrees from Mount Allison University and St. Francis Xavier University. Shawn established the Atlantic Waves Imprint label during his tenure as Atlantic Regional Director of the Canadian Music Centre. The label’s second release Between the Shore and the Ships won two 2013 East Coast Music Awards. Shawn is a board member for ECMA and Music NB, as well as a lecturer at Mount Allison University. He remains active as a teacher and a performer, regularly appearing with singer/songwriter Dave Thomson. Currently, Shawn is recording Dave’s latest album Canadian on Citadel House Records. Shawn’s work as an Arts Manager and Agent engages artists including Thomson, Live Bait Theatre, Sackville Festival of Early Music, and Chris Hadfield.

Kendrick Haunt, Campbell/Verduyn Summer Intern

Kendrick is a third-year Drama Major at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, NB. She is currently involved in preparations for Reader Be Thou Also Ready, Live Bait’s 2015 summer play, as well as marketing and promotional initiatives. The Summer Intern position is made possible by the generous support of Robert Campbell and Christl Verduyn.

Board of Directors

  • Catherine Gaw, Chair
  • Diane Fullerton, Past-Chair
  • Dale Fawthrop
  • Sam Royama
  • Douglas Stewart
  • Sam Magee