Ken MacDougall,  Artistic Director

I am very excited to be appointed the new Artistic Director of the Stirling Festival Theatre. SFT (and the town of Stirling) has been a second home to me for nearly twenty years.

First, I would like to thank Caroline Smith for being a mentor to me and giving me many of the tools necessary for this job. She gave me my first break as an actor (in 1999), she gave me my first directing job (2003) and our writing projects together laid the groundwork for my writing career.

I would also like to thank David Vanderlip for his years of service to SFT and for the incredible work he did building the Stirling Festival Academy.

Over the years, I have been lucky enough to perform on stages across Ontario (Port Hope Festival, Gaiety Theatre in Collingwood, Georgian Theatre in Barrie, to name a few). For twenty years, I performed regularly with the Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre. I have in over two dozen commercials and on TV shows like Murdoch Mysteries, Degrassi: Next Generation, Mayday and King.

Here in Stirling, I was in five pantos (including the first ever Naughty Panto in 2000). I am often stopped on the streets of Stirling and reminded of my character Woody (Chop, chop, Woody). I also appeared in numerous summer shows including Kitchen Witches, Anne of Green Gables and Mini Putt.

Since 2010, I have been the writer and director of all of the popular pantos. I have written and performed in the dinner theatres in the Upper Hall (since 2003)

I am really looking forward to this position. There is a lot to come see during the rest of 2017. another terrific Anne Marie Sheffler show, our comedy cabaret and, don’t forget, Little Red (tickets are selling fast.)

There will be a huge announcement for 2018’s awesome season. Stay tuned.

My mantra for SFT, moving forward, is “making new friends and reconnecting with old.”

Come check us out. It’s going to be a heck of a ride.

Ken MacDougall:

Charlotte Danford, General Manager (also Group Sales)

Charlotte has been with the Theatre since 2008 and is now our General Manager as well! You can find her in the Box Office selling tickets or looking after the many groups that visit us here at the Theatre.

She looks forward to chatting with you for all your ticket needs, big or small !

General Manager –
Group Sales –

Joanne Hartman, Media Coordinator

Joanne has been with the theatre since 1999. Many of you will know her as the “Group Chick” who booked all the bus tours and office Christmas parties.

She has moved into a different area of the theatre and is now Media Coordinator. But that doesn’t mean she won’t answer the phone and sell you a ticket, after all… that’s what we do!

Media inquiries should be directed to