The Team


Robert Chafe – Artistic Director, Playwright

Robert Chafe is a writer, educator, actor and arts administrator based in St. John’s, Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland). He has worked in theatre, dance, opera, radio, fiction and film. His stage plays have been seen in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and in the United States, and include Oil and Water, Tempting Providence, Afterimage, Under Wraps, Between Breaths, Everybody Just C@lm the F#ck Down, and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (adapted from the novel by Wayne Johnston.) He has been shortlisted three times for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and he won the award for Afterimage in 2010. He has been guest instructor at Memorial University, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada. In 2018 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Memorial University. He is the playwright and Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud.


James Richardson – Managing Producer

James is an award-winning producer, cultural manager, director, sound designer, actor and collaborator with over 20 years experience in theatre and music across Canada. Originally from St. John’s, James founded Third Wall Theatre in 2001, which quickly became one of Ottawa’s leading theatre companies. As producer/artistic director, he has won several Prix Rideau Awards and Capital Critics Circle awards and in 2016 he was awarded the Special Jury Prize from the Capital Critics for his work with TWA, Third Wall’s youth wing that he established. He has served as General Manager for Odyssey Theatre and the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Ontario and worked with the Ottawa Jazz Festival and Ottawa Children’s Festival. As an actor, James has worked with Third Wall Theatre, Vision Theatre, Actors’ Co-op, Gros Morne Theatre Festival and Theatre By The Bay; he holds a BFA in Fine Arts (Theatre) from Grenfell College and a MFA in Directing from the University of Ottawa.


Jillian Keiley – Artistic Director Emeritus, Director

Jillian Keiley is an award-winning director from St. John’s, Newfoundland and founding Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Jillian has directed and taught across Canada and internationally. She received her BFA in Theatre from York University and was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Letters from both Memorial University and York University. She was the winner of the Siminovitch Prize for Directing in 2004 and the Canada Council’s John Hirsch Prize in 1997. Highlights from Artistic Fraud include: In Your Dreams Freud, Under Wraps, AfterImage, The Cheat, The Chekhov Variations, and Salvage Story of a House. Jillian assumed her role as NAC English Theatre Artistic Director in August 2012, and her productions at the NAC have included Between Breaths (Artistic Fraud), The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud,) A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, Metamorphoses: Based on the Myths of Ovid, Tartuffe and Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud). She also directed Bakkhai, The Diary of Anne Frank and As You Like It for the Stratford Festival, as well as The Neverending Story and Alice Through the Looking-Glass, both produced as collaborations between the Stratford Festival and the NAC. Tempting Providence, her collaboration with Robert Chafe for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, toured internationally for 12 years and will be the inaugural production at the launch of the Nurse Myra Bennett Theatre in Cow Head, Newfoundland.


Emma Cole – Marketing and Communications Officer

Emma Cole is a writer, costume designer, and anarchist bookseller from St. John’s, NL. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University in English and Theatre. By day she works for local arts organizations in communications and administration (AAMP, Artistic Fraud), and on other days she coordinates and designs costumes for theatre (Shakespeare by the Sea, Kittiwake Dance Theatre). Her creative writing has won awards from Kiwanis, Arts and Letters, and WritersNL, and been featured by CBC and estuary Arts Magazine. You can find her writing at, her custom clothing at @charlatandesigns, and her bookselling at @saltpagesnl.