Artistic Vision 2016


Artistic Vision                                                                                 Français

Response Time is an evening that draws inspiration from the artists and communities being honoured at the 2016 Gala and presents new art installations and performances provoked by their work.

The identity of the “responders”, who they are responding to and in what way will be kept secret from the audience and, indeed, from the award-winners themselves until they are revealed on the evening of the gala.


Artistic Director

Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council are pleased to announce Ken Schwartz as the artistic director for the 2016 Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala.  As Artistic Director Ken is responsible for developing and executing an artistic vision for the gala and assembling a team of co-curators and artists to achieve that vision.

Over forty productions for Two Planks and a Passion Theatre to his credit, including The OdysseyOur TownJerome: The Historical SpectacleRockbound, As You Like It, Dustbowl Joan, and The Tempest. Training: 2-time graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in Directing (92) and Technical Production (90). Awards: Merritt awards for Outstanding Director (09,10,16) and Outstanding Production (08,09,10,16) The Established Artist Recognition Award from the Province of Nova Scotia (08), and the Queen’s Golden (02) and Diamond (12) Jubilee Medal. Also nominated for Merritt awards for Outstanding Director (08, 13, 14 (twice), 15) and Playwright (05,14,15, 16). Ken was a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award (as director) in 2010 for Rockbound. Ken was the Co-Artistic Director for the National Artists Program of the 2011 Canada Games, including the gala performances. In January of 2013 Ken directed Six Characters in Search of an Author for Dalhousie University and won the Elliot Hayes Award for the development of new work at the Stratford Festival’s Guthrie awards in 2013. He directed the critically-acclaimed Willpower Theatre production of Macbeth in Halifax in 2015.

Currently the artistic director of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre (, which is the resident company at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts (, of which Ken is a co-founder. Ken recently participated in the Stratford Festival’s Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Text in 2010 and 2013.