Onelight Theatre

About Us

About Us

Onelight Theatre is a professional theatre company that was founded by Artistic Director Shahin Sayadi in 2002, and is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Onelight Theatre develops and produces new works, tours its productions nationally and internationally, presents the works of artists from across Canada and supports the professional development of theatre artists. Onelight has been in full-time operation for more than a decade and was the resident company at Alderney Landing Theatre from 2013-2015.

Utilizing the guided, disciplined working style developed by Shahin Sayadi — Onelight Theatre develops new material based on artistic works and stories from diverse cultures and artistic forms.

Onelight is known not only for the compelling stories that it brings to the stage, but also for being at the forefront of innovative use of stage technology, digital projection, and sound & lighting design.

Onelight supports the work of emerging theatre artists through the Firestarter mentoring program, which encourages young professionals and theatre graduates an invaluable apprenticeship. This program gives a chance for upcoming artists who want to produce their own productions or found their own company to have an opportunity to work with Onelight’s team.

Onelight Theatre co-presents the work of other theatre companies, hosts readings of new plays and plays in development at the annual Prismatic Arts Festival.



Shahin Sayadi Artistic Director – shahin @
Maggie Stewart
Managing Director – maggie @
Raeesa Lalani Marketing and Communications Manager raeesa @
Kaitlin Verge Touring Manager – kaitlin @


Sarah Douglas – Chair
Flora Riyahi – 
Kate Hamilton –
Miya Turnbull
Jeff Overmars
Jeff Ward 

Rhia Perkins 


PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres)
PWM (Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal)
PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre)
TNS (Theatre Nova Scotia)
PTAH (Professional Theatre Artists of Halifax)