The North Barn Theatre Collective was formed in the Spring of 2020 by Laura Stinson and Ian McFarlane in the Ohio Valley, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. McFarlane and Stinson are theatre makers, scenographers and puppeteers who have worked internationally across the United States, Canada and Europe with companies such as Bread and Puppet Theater, the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry, and The River Clyde Pageant. When an international tour was interrupted by the COVID19 pandemic, McFarlane and Stinson returned to rural Nova Scotia to establish roots as independent theatre makers and to connect with the communities that raised them. Our vision is to provoke thought around critical social and political issues by using playful imagery, landscape, objects and spectacle. In keeping with our mentor, Peter Schumann of the Bread and Puppet Theatre, we work from the belief that art is nourishment and should be available to everyone regardless of their social status.