Written by Josh MacDonald

Based on the book,

 “I Am the Cheese” by Robert Cormier

Halifax Theatre for Young People and Eastern Front Theatre are thrilled to premiere our LIVE co-production of #IAmTheCheese at EFT’s STAGES Theatre Festival Alderney Landing Theatre, Dartmouth.

Wed. June 8:     6:30 PM

Thurs. June 9: 11 AM

Fri. June 10:     11 AM & 6:30 PM

Sat. June 12:     12:00 PM

Sun. June 13:     2:00 PM. 

75 Minutes, All Ages

To book tickets or festival passes, visit this link: https://www.easternfronttheatre.com/stages.html 

You can still book the digital version for schools until June 15th. Schools can book through Perform Nova Scotia.

#IAmTheCheese is supported and recommended by Halifax Regional Arts.

#IAmTheCheese is a reimagining of Robert Cormier’s classic 1977 young adult novel. The play is set in the present day, and follows a traumatized teenager named Adam Farmer through a series of interviews with an analyst named Brint, as Adam struggles to recall deeply repressed memories of his past. Beginning with just a wisp of a children’s nursery rhyme—“The Farmer in the Dell”—Adam begins to reassemble his sense of self, bit by bit. Eventually, Adam remembers the social stigma of his preteen years, when his parents inexplicably banned the use of the internet: no cellphones, no computer, no wifi. But Adam dares to begin a relationship with a girl from his school named Amy Hertz, and this relationship blooms in cyberspace. The more that Adam remembers about Amy, however, and about his own parents, the closer he comes to recognizing that a massive, faceless danger might be surrounding him still… Robert Cormier’s suspenseful novel has been a YA staple for decades, and this all-new adaptation by Josh Macdonald is the winner of a PGC Tom Hendry Prize—The Sharon Enkin Theatre for Young Audiences Award 2020. Through exploring the complex and intricate world of growing up in the digital era, #IAmTheCheese is an enriching and reflective thriller for young audiences.


Adam: Sam Vigneault

Amy: Raessa Lalani

Farmer: Sébastien Labelle

Brint: Susan Stackhouse

Director: Ann-Marie Kerr

Playwright: Josh MacDonald

Scenic Designer: Brenda Duran

Costume Designer: Everette Fournier

Lighting Designer: Olivia Rankin

Composer & Sound Designer: Jackson Fairfax-Perry

Projection Designer: Christian Ludwig Hansen

Stage Manager: Virg Iredale

Production Manager: Patricia Vinluan

Production Assistant: Ryan Wilcox

Lighting Mentor: Leigh Ann Vardy


With Jessica Tower

Halifax Theatre For Young People would like to announce our summer workshop “THE ART OF SPOKEN WORD”. Join facilitator Jessica Tower on ZOOM!

The art of spoken word workshop is a 6 part workshop series. This workshop will include exercises to practice different writing techniques as well as performance techniques with the focus of each person writing their own original spoken word piece to perform at a live showcase that will take place at the end of the workshop

Instructor Bio: Jessica Leblanc Is a spoken word artist who has been writing and performing spoken word poetry for 6 years. She has run her own poetry open mic and slam series called Tell It To the Mic, has facilitated many workshops and has been a member of the Halifax slam team. She believes spoken word to be an incredibly therapeutic form of self expression and a great platform to bring awareness to many social issues and hopes to use her experience to help others find their voice.

Starting May 26th

Weekly every Thursday from 6-7PM (ADT)

Grades: 8-12 

To register fill out this form here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3eA0ojoujgetd_l4EOxG5OAuTS9N_eDy0OpMI-C3mJVYvbg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

Mi’kmaq Stories: Past & Present 

By: Cathy Martin, shalan joudry, Trevor Gould

A digital version of this important show, hosted by a Mi’kmaq elder via live-stream, will be available to schools and organizations throughout Nova Scotia for Mi’kmaq History Month, Wi’kipatmu’k Mi’kmawey October 2023. Created and performed by an all-Mi’kmaq team, the play highlights both contemporary and traditional Mi’kmaq stories.

Email info@halifaxtheatreforyoungpeople.com to be placed on the waiting list for next fall. 

Written by Cathy Martin, Trevor Gould and shalan joudry with performances by Anna Nibby-Woods, Shelly Woods, Brady Googoo, Noel Julien, and Laurie Fleet, Mi’kmaq Stories: Past and Present  was produced at Ship’s Company and live-streamed to schools across Nova Scotia on Treaty Day,October 1st, 2022. 

Booking will take place through Perform Nova Scotia.

Newcomers: Stories from Immigrant and Refugee Children

Newcomers: Stories from Immigrant and Refugee Children will feature short plays or monologues by ten Immigrant and Refugee playwrights and artists living across the Atlantic Provinces. This project is currently being developed in partnership with Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC) in order to offer extensive dramaturgical support.  Based on their own experiences, as well as material informed by interviews held with Newcomer children and youth, this show will combine narratives of arriving in Canada from various countries, backgrounds and circumstances, offering a unique and diverse perspective on being a Newcomer to Atlantic Canada. The production will take place at Pier 21, stay tuned for dates!