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Tania Breen sits in front of the Playhouse dressing room mirrors with lights

Tania Breen

A brilliant educator, director and performer, Breen has been a vital part of Fredericton’s performing arts community for the past 20 years.

Breen recently finished her tenure as director of the Theatre New Brunswick (TNB) Young Company and Theatre School. Parents and former students alike will tell you that she not only inspired a lifelong appreciation for the arts in the children and youth she worked with – she changed lives. At the Theatre School, children from kindergarten to grade 12 had a safe space to play, create and explore. While teaching them her craft, she nurtured their self-confidence, work ethic and fostered an acceptance of others.

In this next chapter, Breen continues to be an invaluable part of the performing arts community in Fredericton, teaching musical theatre in the fine arts department at St. Thomas University (STU) – her alma mater. Her career seems to have come full circle as she trains the next generation of performers, directors and educators in the same place that she trained with, previous Playhouse Honours recipient, Ilkay Silk.