Lynn Panting


Lynn Panting is a multidisciplinary performer, arts educator, and choreographer. Past performance credits include Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chicago, Alice in Wonderland, Rocky Horror (TADA), Boeing Boeing (Joint Productions), Shakespeare’s Fairy Tales (Sweetline Theatre Company), Eli and the Death Curse (RCA), Caesar, The Tempest, Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare by the Sea). Panting is deeply committed to the growth of creativity and self-confidence through movement and likes to collaborate with individuals from diverging backgrounds and experiences. In 2013, she was short-listed for ArtsNL's Arts Educator of the Year Award. Panting holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Memorial University as well as a Master of Humanities concentrating on performance, dance and the body.

Jana Gillis


Jana is ecstatic to be back in Newfoundland for her first season with Isle Aux Morts! She’s an actor, writer, director, improviser and filmmaker from Cape Breton, NS. She holds a BFA in Theatre Acting from MUN’s Grenfell Campus and is a graduate of The Second City Training Centre’s Toronto Sketch Conservatory. Selected performance credits include: Welcome to Skit Row (Second City Training Centre), Dear Uncle Wish (Theatre Enthused/Toronto Fringe), Almost Baymous (HalfHandsome Comedy) and the lead role in Andrea Dunne’s NIFCO PictureStart short film Malignant. Selected Writer/Director credits include: Work in Progress (Of the Moment Theatre/Short Plays St. John’s) & Pirate Play (Out of a Box Kid’s Theatre/Short Play’s St. John’s). She regularly performs in comedy clubs around Toronto. Check out for everything she couldn't fit in her bio. Thanks!

Nora Barker


Nora is thrilled to be returning for her second season with Isle Aux Morts Theatre Festival. Nora is returning as an actor and puppet operator for this year's festival.

Nora has a Bachelor of Arts with specialization in film & theatre, and spend part of a semester at Memorial's Harlow Campus studying theatre in England. Nora has worked with the St. John's International Film Festival as the Assistant Technical Director, read for the 2018 Vagina Monologues and Women's Work Festival, and most recently participated in a workshopped production of "Only Young" for the 2018 Identify festival. 

Jamie Skidmore

Artistic Producer

Jamie Skidmore is a founding member of the Isle aux MortsTheatre Festival. In previous years, he has directed Double Axe Murder, by Berni Stapleton, and his own play, Song of the Mermaid, at GCTF. Jamie is a professor at Memorial University where he teaches courses in theatre and film production. He has directed and/or designed sets and lighting for theatre and dance in Ontario, British Columbia, Great Britain, and New York State.  He has also designed in Newfoundland for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, the RCA Theatre Company, She Said Yes!, and White Rooster, to name a few; and worked with many well-known Newfoundland performers, including Andy Jones, Gordon Pinsent, Amy House, Berni Stapleton, and Mary Walsh.  

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Blanford Billard


Blanford Billard is a retired teacher/administrator who was hired by the Town of Isle aux Morts in 2006 to develop a tourism product around the local Harvey Rescue Story. During his time as a Community Development Assistant, he assisted the Town in developing an Interpretive ‘Destination Plan,' from which emerged the annual Ann Harvey Days Festival, Hairyman's Safe Haven Cafe and the popular theatre troupe, Da Koodens. He still volunteers as Chair of the IAM Heritage Society, assumes roles like writer, actor, producer and director for Da Koodens 'Celebrating the Folk' Dinner Theatre, and his present project is the development of the Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival.

Dylan Farrell

Actor - writer

Born and raised in Isle Aux Morts, Dylan is a second year Grenfell student, studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English, minor in Geography. This is Dylan’s second year with the Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival and would like to continue for years onward. Dylan would like to become a teacher but also possibly become a director and writer one day.



Colleen Hatcher, Lydia Francis, and Shilo King

Theatre Administrators

Lydia Francis, Shilo King, & Colleen Hatcher make up the Town of Isle aux Mort’s Office Administration team. Any administrator worth his salt knows that the most important cog in any organization is the office administrator and this is certainly very true for our community. Nothing anyone does to build and promote tourism for the community would succeed without them.