Some of the most powerful performances happen behind the scenes

Sun, Mar 1 2015


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Artist. Problem-solver. Suspender of disbelief.

Charlotte Hunt likes a challenge. Three years out of art school in Nova Scotia, she discovered two things: she was bored in a retail job and surprised to find she didn’t like painting alone in a studio. In college, she was able to share ideas with her peers and joke about how being an artist meant having two full-time jobs: your creative practice and the job that pays the rent. It was all too real for her now.

To help pay the bills, she moonlighted as a set painter for Halifax’s Neptune Theatre. She enjoyed the behind-the-scenes work, but knew there was more to set painting than her arts degree covered.

“I was enjoying the theatre aspect so much that I wanted to get some training and do this for real,” she says.