Responders 2016


In accordance with the 2016 gala theme “Response Time,” nine artists created nine unique artworks for the gala that “responded” to work of the nine unique award winners. Below are the biographies of those repsonders:

Dustin Harvey (Masterworks Award Winner Responder)

Dustin’s recent work is about a beauty found in the shared experience. These projects include theatrical walks with the help of iPods, live film experiences, site-specific performances, and responsive audio installations. Dustin is project curator of Secret Theatre (

Paula Rockwell (Responder to Jacinte Armstrong)

Since returning to Nova Scotia, after completing her graduate studies at University of Toronto, Paula Rockwell has been steeped in musical projects, performances and music festivals in her home province, Canada and the US. She teaches and creates productions at Acadia University. She adjudicates music festivals and gives clinics/masterclasses on the topic of vocal pedagogy, interpretation and stage craft. She has been featured on several recordings and co-produced her debut CD entitled Fleeting Melodies and is working on another recording of original compositions entitled Unwrapped.

Christopher Porter (Responder to Lunenburg)

Christopher Porter is an art-based photographer and cinematographer noted for his light and striking visual juxtapositions. Commissioned, exhibited, and published internationally, his work is in private collections and public art spaces worldwide. As lighting director, film collaborators include Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Lars Von-Trier, Ang Lee, and mentor, Robbie Müller. 

Gillian Clark (Responder to Francois Gaudet)

Gillian Clark is the co-artistic director of Keep Good (Theatre) Company and is a theatre creator, residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Her work has been show on three continents and Gillian’s Let’s Try This Standing, has played to full houses as it tours. Gillian was the 2015/2016 emerging artist in residence with 2b theatre and is part of Tarragon’s 2016/2017 playwrights unit.  She is currently working with Outside the March on Now We Are,  a story charts the growing pains of a maladjusted young man through the tattoo being printed on his back. 

Shauntay Grant (Responder to Bonnie Baker)

Writer and storyteller Shauntay Grant served as Halifax’s third poet laureate. Her awards and honours include a Poet of Honour prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Writing and Publishing from the Canada Council for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.

Jack Wong (Responder to Mark Hopkins)

Jack Wong completed his undergraduate studies in fine art at NSCAD University in 2014. He continues to live and work in Halifax. Response Time is his first artistic collaboration with an unknowing collaborator.

Sara Coffin (Responder to Christian Murray)

Sara Coffin is an award winning Halifax-based dance artist, dance educator and Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance. She received her MFA in Choreography from Smith College (Northampton, MA), BFA Dance - Simon Fraser University and Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) - Dalhousie University.  Her work has been presented across Canada and is influenced by interdisciplinary collaboration and somatic based practices such as Contact Improvisation.

MAJE (Responder to Portia White Prize Winner)

MAJE is a local hiphop artist hailing from East Preston. He is the founder of the rap group Gentlemen Mafia and is the winner of the 10,000 dollar first place award in the Viola Desmond songwriting competition held in 2014. Most recently he released a short film entitled "Outhome" based on growing up in East Preston and is currently working on a longer film to be released next year.

Shalan Joudry (Responder to Fabien Melanson)

Shalan Joudry is an oral storyteller, hand-drum singer and poet from the traditional district of Kespukwitk (southwest Nova Scotia). Years of raising children, performing, writing, and ecology work, she now lives and works in her community of Bear River First Nation sharing messages of reconnecting to both land and culture