Our Creative Team

Susan Knight

Artistic Director and Shallaway Founder

Susan KnightSusan Knight, C.M., O.N.L., R.N., B. Mus., B. Mus. Ed., MA.M.E., L.L.D was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. After careers as a registered nurse, an elementary school music teacher and university lecturer in music education, she founded Shallaway in 1992, of which she is the Artistic Director. She is also the Founder and Artistic Co-Director of Festival 500: Sharing the Voices (on leave), an acclaimed biennial international choral festival in Newfoundland and Labrador, inaugurated in 1997.   More... »

Following her early musical studies in St. John's with the Sisters of Mercy and Andreas Barban, she studied at the University of Toronto, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Hamline University and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, where she serves on the summer faculty. Susan holds a specialist diploma in the Orff-Schulwerk, a Master of Arts in Music Education and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of London, England.

Susan is an editor with Oxford University Press, and is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, lecturer, clinician and advocate. She has served in executive positions with provincial, national and international music and educational organizations and currently serves on the boards of Chorus America, the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM) and the Ireland Business Partnerships; she also serves on the Artistic Committee of the Songbridge Commission of IFCM. Her involvement with youth leadership, and cultural development, has been recognized with awards at provincial, national and international levels. She was appointed as Member of the Order of Canada in 2003 and received an honourary doctorate from Memorial University in 2004. Susan was recently awarded membership in the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, the province's highest civilian honor.    « Less

Stephen Hatfield

Composer - Words and Music

Stephen HatfieldStephen Hatfield is a free-lance composer and conductor with over 130 titles in print and an international discography of recorded titles that also numbers in the hundreds. He also conducts internationally and among his up-and-coming engagements are festivals of his music in Vancouver, Washington D.C., Seattle, Latvia and Korea.   More... »

Recent recordings include choirs in Finland, Hungary, Belgium and Australia, as well as regular releases in Canada and the United States. Both his recordings and his compositions regularly win such awards as "Outstanding Choral Composition" from the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, "Best Classical Recording" from various music industry organizations, and his compositions are frequently used by the choirs who take first place at a broad assortment of national and international festivals, from the annual CBC competition to festivals in Ireland, England, Spain, Germany, Greece, Australia and Brazil, among others.

He also has experience in the theatre, winning Ontario festival awards for best actor and working as composer, music-director and actor for the New Bastion Theatre in Victoria, B.C. He is a published poet who has been twice awarded poetry grants by the Ontario Arts Council.

As an educator he pioneered courses in creative writing and developed curriculum for guitar, keyboard, stage band, steel band, reggae band, general music, and a cross-disciplinary program for performing arts majors. A national gold medallist for his concert choirs and vocal jazz groups, he has created an acclaimed body of choral literature and held posts as disparate as composer-in-residence at Disneyland and at the Belfast Board for the Traditional Arts.

His awards include the Norman Bethune Scholarship, the Canada Council Special M.A. Fellowship, the University of Toronto Award of Honour and the Governor General's Gold Medal. Stephen Hatfield resides in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.    « Less

Click here to read Stephen's thoughts about the creation of Ann & Séamus

Jillian Keiley

Direction and Production Design

Jillian Keiley Jillian Keiley is the founding Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, the winner of the Canada Council's 1997 John Hirsch Prize, the 1996 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's Emerging Artist Award, and the 2004 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Favorite Artistic Fraud productions include In Your Dreams Freud, Under Wraps: A Spoke Opera, The Cheat , The Chekhov Variations, and Belly Up.    More... »

In 2002/2003 Jillian directed Jack Five Oh for Sheila's Brush, and Tempting Providence for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, both of which continue to tour to national and international venues and festivals. She sent another TNL production, Stars in the Sky Morning, on the road in May. At this year's Magnetic North Festival she will open Nightingale, a production she co-wrote with Robert Chafe, and she will open a new production in Florence, Italy. Jillian also teaches at Memorial University and The National Theatre School of Canada and is a producer for the CBC televised Newfoundland Labrador Arts Council Awards.    « Less

Kevin Major

Poet and Author - Consultant

Kevin Major Born in Stephenville, Newfoundland in 1949, Kevin Major graduated from Memorial University and then taught school for a number of years. He is now a full-time writer, living in St. John's with his wife, Anne, and their two sons.

Kevin is the author of 15 books, for both young people and adults. The first, Hold Fast, won several awards in Canada and was placed on the Hans Christian Andersen Honour List. The second, Far From Shore, was the winner of the first Canadian Young Adult Book Award. The others which followed include Eating Between the Lines, and a novel about the Beothuks, Blood Red Ochre.    More... »

Several of his books have been published in the United States and the languages into which his work has been translated include French, Danish, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew. In 1992 Kevin was given the Vicky Metcalf Award for an outstanding body of work of significance to young people.

An adult novel, No Man's Land, about the Newfoundland Regiment in World War I, was published in 1995 to considerable acclaim. Kevin has turned it into a play, staged for the past five years by Rising Tide Theatre, and soon to appear in print. His recent books include The House of Wooden Santas (an award-winning Christmas story); an extensive illustrated history of Newfoundland and Labrador: As Near To Heaven By Sea (a Canadian best-seller and finalist for the Pearson Non-Fiction Prize), and a novel in the form of narrative verse, Ann and Seamus. A new Christmas picturebook will appear in the fall of 2005. Kevin has been named Memorial University's Alumnus-of-the-Year, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's Artist-of-the-Year.

John Moss, writing in A Reader's Guide to the Canadian Novel, has said, "Kevin Major is among the best Canadian writers of his generation. He has established himself as a figure of singular importance in our literature."    « Less

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