Snapshot - Thea Burton

Thea was born outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she lived until she was 18. Her love of theatre began even in her childhood. She attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Cornell University, a summer program, before she graduated high school. Thea started her post secondary education at Northwestern University in Illinois receiving an undergraduate degree in theatre. After finishing her degree in theatre, Thea went on to pursue a MSc. in Communication Science Disorders, also at Northwestern. Not long after finishing her second degree, Thea moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, working as a speech language pathologist. She has largely called the Annapolis Valley her home ever since. The first show she appeared in in the Valley was The Murder Room at Centre Stage Theatre in 1990. During her time in Wolfville, Thea again went back to school and has recently received her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. While living in Wolfville, Thea has been involved in countless stage productions both on and off stage. Thea is directing Music Man currently because she enjoys that, despite the show being written in the 1950s, it still has a relevant message today. Thea takes many joys in directing. One thing in particular is, she looks for all of her cast and crew to grow together during the production and rehearsals of the show.

Another is when one of her cast nails a note, emotion, difficult line or oddly timed high kick she says that she gets as much satisfaction seeing the glee in the actor’s face. I also asked Thea about her aspirations, most importantly, what her dream shows/roles are. There was no shortage of roles including Dolly Gallagher Levi, from Hello Dolly, Medea, from Medea, and Blanche DuBois, from A Streetcar Named Desire. Her dream directorial project would be to take on the stage adaptation of Catch Me if You Can. Watching Thea in her element allows you to see the passion she has for her craft and her dedication when she commits to a show.  I am happy to have worked with her in the past learning from experience. Thanks for the good times Thea.