Kayleigh Sheehan is an arts administrator, consultant, and volunteer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She comes to Symphony Nova Scotia from Strategic Arts Management and the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, where she was proud to celebrate, support, and work with artists in diverse disciplines.
Kayleigh has worked with 2b theatre company (Associate Producer), Zuppa Theatre Co. (Associate Administrator), the Atlantic Film Festival (Box Office and Theatre Manager), and the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University (House Manager). She was a juror for the 2016 Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards.
She tweets at @kayleighem_.
Q&A with Kayleigh
How long have you worked with Symphony Nova Scotia?
The 2018/19 season is my first with the Symphony. I’ll be working to create consistent, positive experiences for you in the office, at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, and beyond. Do you have a favourite Symphony experience? I’d love to hear about it! Email me your story.
Do you have any other jobs/volunteer jobs?
Yes! When you see me at front of house at Symphony performances and wonder where you’ve seen me before, it could be a lot of places. I’ve been at front of house in Halifax for 10 years, from the Scotia Festival of Music to Live Art Dance to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to volunteer and attend theatre and other events.
What’s the best Symphony Nova Scotia concert you’ve seen?
The 2012 collaboration with Gypsophilia is one of my favourites. The Symphony’s Maritime Fusion concerts are a treat, whether you’re interested in the Symphony or one of our spectacular collaborators. (There are two more this season.)
What’s your favourite piece?
I tend to have opera in my head, most of which I learned as a stage manager, and most of which is Mozart.
What’s your favourite food?
The blueberry muffins at Bird’s Nest on Barrington.
What’s your favourite book?
It tends to be whatever I’m reading. Lately, that’s a lot of contemporary fiction – The Break (Vermette), The Child Finder (Denfeld), Tin Man (Winman), and I’m nearing the end of Station Eleven (St. John Mandel), which is getting hard to put down!
What do you do to relax?
Take a walk. You’ll find me in the Public Gardens on most breaks from the Symphony office.
What’s on your iPod (what are you listening to right now)?
I’m catching up on the podcast 99% Invisible. It discusses the thought and design that goes into things we don’t often to notice or consider, like a ballpoint pen.
Which concert are you looking forward to most this season?
Sarah Slean (November 23, 2018) was my first concert with the Symphony, so it was the first on my list. If this were a U-Pick 4 ticket package, I’d add French Masterpieces by Fauré and Ravel (February 7, 2019), Cello Fireworks and Appalachian Spring (February 28, 2019), and Beethoven’s Seventh and Dinuk’s Clarinet (March 21, 2019).