Renee Hackett as Eliza,  Our Eliza  2013.

Renee Hackett as Eliza, Our Eliza 2013.

Mandate: Altering perceptions of where theatre happens and what theatre is while exploring the often dark and comedic relationship between rural and urban environments.

Poverty Cove Theatre Company (PCTC) was founded by Megan Coles and Shannon Hawes in the summer of 2009. Upon noticing the impact a venue shortage was having on the current development of theatre in St. John’s, Coles and Hawes agreed that their similar interest in experimental new work would lend itself to site specific theatre. This in turn would alleviate stress placed upon the theatre community as well as introduce seasoned and non-seasoned theatre goers alike to unconventional venue spaces.

The geographical demographic of Newfoundland is changing rapidly with rural residents relocating to urban areas. No where is the contrast more apparent than on the Northern and Avalon Peninsulas. It is PCTC's goal to explore how these migration patterns affect our identity through the medium of theatre. This also creates new and interesting challenges when considering the technical aspects including the execution of lighting and sound within site specific venues.



Shannon Hawes and Megan Coles, Sandy Cove 2013.

Shannon Hawes and Megan Coles, Sandy Cove 2013.

Megan Coles is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the National Theatre School of Canada. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company. Megan is currently working on a trilogy of plays examining resource exploitation in Newfoundland and Labrador titled Falling Trees, Building Houses and Wasting Paper. She is a member of the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Playwrights' Guild of Canada, Playwrights' Atlantic Resource Centre (NL Rep) and Playwrights' Workshop Montreal. Her completed plays include Our Eliza, The Battery and Bound. A collection of Megan's short fiction, titled Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome, is forthcoming fall 2014. Megan, originally from Savage Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula, currently resides in St. John's, NL.

Shannon Hawes is a graduate of the technical production program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Shannon has worked in various capacities in theatre, film, and television production throughout Canada for over 10 years. Most recently, Shannon worked on the CBC series Republic of Doyle as an assistant director. As co-founder and co-artistic director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company, Shannon has co-produced The Battery, a premiere and tour productions of Our Eliza and will be directing the upcoming Rabbit Rabbit. She has also produced the films Kathy and Better People with her company Let’s Just Say Films Inc. After spending much of her childhood in Northern Ontario, Shannon is happy to now call St. John's, Newfoundland her home.


Board of Directors

Bethany Roberts, Justin Simms, Jordan Flynn, Courtney Brown, Carla Warren and Darren Purchase.