Carey Nicholson

Carey has been engaged in performing arts for over 40 years. Originally from St. Catharines, she moved to Toronto to pursue professional dance studies with Lois Smith, O.C. at George Brown College, and the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre. Graduating from both professional programs and becoming a faculty member at STDT for 15 years before moving to Durham region. She has been involved with community and professional theatre companies in Durham, York region and elsewhere as a board member, producer, director, choreographer, performer, instructor, set and costume designer. Her past, and ongoing, theatre studies include programs and courses with George Brown College, Toronto Dance Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, the Stratford Festival, Off The Wall Theatre Alliance, and most recently as an auditing director with Obsidian Theatre.

Carey is currently the artistic director and co-founder of Theatre on the Ridge, Durham region’s not-for-profit, professional theatre company. As a resident of Scugog for over 20 years, Carey is also well known as a founding member of the Lake Scugog Studio Tour and META4 Contemporary Craft Gallery. She is a past president of Scugog Council for the Arts and was the SCA’s first executive director from 2009 to 2012.

Carey has received several awards for her work in the performing arts, including a Durham Art of Transition Creative Award in 2014 for her contribution to theatre in Durham. She is also a member of the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank, and an independent theatre adjudicator, arts educator and arts management consultant.

Beyond theatre, Carey has also been a recognized fibre and basketry artist, a committee member with Craft Ontario, a past administrative manager for the Toronto Centre for the Promotion of Fashion Design and a bed & breakfast operator in Port Perry.

Recently, Carey participated in Scugog Arts May festival small town BIG. Carey joined famed Indigenous playwright Drew Hayden Taylor on stage at the Town Hall Theatre for an in-conversation about Drew’s life, thoughts, and work. 

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