When Lesley Brechin (BA (Theatre)’90) decided to complete her Dalhousie University degree after joining the staff in 1983, she knew she would not continue her initial focus on commerce. Instead, she followed her heart and majored in theatre.
“That was the class I enjoyed the most when I first studied at Dalhousie,” says Brechin, the administrative officer for academics and productions at the Fountain School of Performing Arts. “I knew I didn’t quite have the talent to make a career on the stage, but it gave me invaluable insight into what it is like to build sets and rehearse for a performance, so I have a real appreciation of the work our students are doing and how I can help them succeed in their studies and in life.”
Brechin’s dedication to supporting Fountain School students extends beyond her work. She has made a generous gift to name a seat in the new Joseph Strug Concert Hall as part of the Performing Arts Campaign. “To have a hall that is designed for live unamplified music where students and musicians from our community can perform is a huge thing because we can focus more resources on supporting performances than on transporting equipment to venues around the city,” Brechin says. “The campaign will also bring costume studies back on campus and create more rehearsal spaces, which will enhance Dalhousie’s reputation as the place to be to study, create, and experience the arts at their finest.”