Board Members

Dary Jessome

Chair and Corporate Secretary

Dary Jessome joined the Nocturne team in 2014 and is responsible for corporate governance, contract management, insurance, and risk management. Dary is a lawyer, practising corporate and commercial law with a focus on energy law. He is also the acting chair. 

Diana Walsh


Originally from Newfoundland, Diana came to Nova Scotia in 2000 to attend Dalhousie University to get her Bachelor of Commerce degree. Diana obtained her CPA,CA in 2009 and currently works in public accounting with a local firm specializing in taxation.  Diana has been a loyal attendee of Nocturne since its inception and is excited to be involved in this project. In her free time, Diana enjoys time with her German Shepard, Talia and camping across the Maritimes.

Stephen Pamenter

Director (Human Resources)

Born and raised in Halifax and currently a partner in a recruitment agency in Halifax, Stephen is active in the local sports community and as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia.  He holds a Certified Human Resource Professional designation (CHRP), and serves as Chair of the Board of the Human Resource Association of Nova Scotia (HRANS). Stephen is also a Board Member with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR Canada) and serves on a Human Resources committee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax

Kelly Markovich

Director (Programming)

Kelly is an artist, entrepreneur and educator. Deeply invested in the arts, culture and her community, she holds positions on various arts organization boards and committees, including VANS, CFAT and NSCAD University Alumni Association. After having spent several years participating in Nocturne, she joined the Nocturne Programming Committee last year, and this year she is thrilled to take on the role of Director of Programming. Kelly has a BA and Honours BFA from the University of Windsor, ON, and an MFA from NSCAD University, where she currently teaches. One of Kelly’s many immediate compulsions is knitting, and very seldom is seen without a project in hand. 

Wynne Van Thielen

Director (Marketing)

Wynne has over 10 years of experience in client services and marketing roles and received her Bachelor of Public Relations and Certificate in Marketing from Mount Saint Vincent University. As Account Director at VERB Interactive, Wynne manages digital marketing projects from concept to implementation. In her free time, she can be found exploring hiking trails around the province with her dogs and trying to keep her cool in the hot yoga room.

Lucie Taussig

Director (Communications)

Lucie Taussig landed in Halifax two years ago. Prior to her arrival in the Maritimes, she was in France studying English, History and Political Sciences. She became acquainted with Arts at a very young age as her parents took her to museums every weekend. When not volunteering for Nocturne, Lucie works as the Communication and Culture Officer for Alliance Française Halifax, a non-for-profit organisation that works to promote the teaching and learning of French, and encourage communication between francophones, francophiles and all Canadians. Lucie joined the Nocturne team in 2015 and is thrilled to be part of the most attended festival in Halifax.

Gabriel Soligo

Director (At Large)

Gabriel is a student at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he studies Intermedia and Fashion/Textiles. Originally from Ontario, Gabriel has found a home in Canada’s east coast arts communities—he relishes in Halifax’s artist run centres, co-ops, and galleries. He is experienced in facilitating conferences and events with artists, he has also been part of the NSCAD Student Union’s Executive Council for the past two years serving the last one as president.

Yeha Ahn

Director (Volunteers)

Yeha is one of the newest additions to Nocturne, joining the board this year. After moving to Nova Scotia from Seoul, South Korea she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University. With a deep interest in arts, education and publishing, Yeha has worked with a variety of non-profit and volunteer organizations like The Center for Book Arts, Frontier College, Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. When she has free time, Yeha enjoys travelling, and spending time with her greyhound Stan.

Brianne Bezanson

Director (At Large)

Brianne joined the Halifax Nocturne team in 2016 after many years of being an enthusiastic Nocturne attendee. She comes with an extensive background researching feminist literature, completing her B.A.(H) at Mount Saint Vincent University, and M.A. at Dalhousie University. She is currently the Manager of the Spring Garden Road DAVIDsTEA and Certified Trainer for the Atlantic Provinces. Brianne can usually be found drinking hot espresso & tea beverages while enjoying a Joseph Boyden novel and playing board games.  

Staff Members

Lindsay Ann Cory

Executive Director

Lindsay Ann Cory received her BFA and MA in Art History from Concordia University in Montreal where she focused on public art practices, social agency through the arts, and graffiti and street art. In 2013 Lindsay joined the Nocturne Board as Director-at-Large and from 2014-January 2017 she held the position of Chair.  Alongside Nocturne she has worked at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts as Community Events and Programming Coordinator, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects as Communications Director, and most recently, The Coast, Halifax’s Weekly as Events and Promotion Manager. 

Pierre Tabbiner

Graphic Designer

Born and raised in Halifax, Pierre graduated from NSCC’s Graphic Design program in 2003. He’s worked with local brands like Made With Local, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, and East Coast Music Week. His career has seen him as Art Director and Creative Director at Halifax’s advertising agencies – for which he’s won dozens of awards, and publication in magazines such as Communication Arts. Once the 5 o’clock whistle blows, Pierre is a tireless crafter; dabbling into painting, string art, woodworking, cross stitch, wool felting; you name it. #MakersGonnaMake

2017 Curatorial Team

anna sprague


anna sprague is a performance artist, creative facilitator, and faculty member at NSCAD University.  In tandem with a provocative use of sculptural materials, bizarre props, and outlandish costumes, her art practice explores collaborative performance, public intervention, and site-specific installation as a means of critically engaging with site and history.  anna holds degrees in English Literature (Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB) and Fine Arts (Concordia University, Montreal QC) and has a love for lowercase letters and underwhelming coincidences.

Emily Lawrence


Emily is an artist, facilitator, and community organizer. She has curated and coordinated several projects on behalf of arts organizations including Eyelevel Gallery and the PEI Crafts Council. She is currently a member of Eyelevel Gallery’s Engagement Committee, and was a selected artist for the 2017/2018 NSCAD Community Studio Residency at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Dartmouth NS. Her experiential approach to creating immersive environments, sculpture, and production design hinges on humour, food, and the senses as conduits to the underlying feminist and cultural curiosities that fuels her work.