Board of Directors

OFFICERS

Nancy Snowdon formed a love of theatre early in life when her parents took her to a production of Taming of the Shrew in the Stratford Festival Theatre’s inaugural season. She is a retired Professor from Loyalist College and has served on the Boards of Directors of Family Space, Marmora Children’s Centre, IANA Theatre Company and Quinte Symphony. Nancy joined the Board of the Stirling Festival Theatre in 2001 and served as Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair. She retired from the Board in 2011 and was re-elected in 2013 as Treasurer. She reassumed the position of Chair of the Board in 2016 and continues to volunteer in the SFT office several days a week assisting General Manager, Charlotte Danford.

Andrew Marre moved from the UK to Canada in 2007 and to Stirling in 2008. He has been a member of the SFT Board since 2010. Before his retirement he worked in Communications in the UK, both in the private and public sectors, including a period as Deputy Press Secretary to the then UK Prime Minister, John Major and another as Director of Communications of the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport, during which the Department organized the State Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; Andrew and his team were responsible for managing the entire media coverage of this event, watched live by an estimated 40% of the world’s population.

Joy Humphrey was born and raised in a small town outside of Montreal and started her career in Montreal in the insurance industry, later moving to Toronto and then to the Quinte Area to commence her new profession in the real estate industry. After careful consideration of other real estate brokerages in the Quinte area, she chose to join Century 21 Lanthorn with their strong level of individual development within an overall team approach. Her professional interests include developing leadership skills through the Ontario Real Estate Association and mentoring within the company. Joy has served on the Board of Stirling Festival Theatre for 13 years and assumed the role of Treasurer in 2015.

Joan Wilkinson became interested in the Stirling Festival Theatre shortly after relocating from East York and served on the Board from 2003 to 2013. After a few years’ hiatus, Joan is excited to return as Board Secretary and looking forward to the 2018 season. Joan’s business experience included actuarial and project management in financial and accounting projects. After retiring, Joan keeps busy running Stirling Train Station Antiques during the summer months and traveling during the colder months.

DIRECTORS

Debbie Ackers, newly appointed to Stirling Festival Theatre’s Board of Directors, has lived in Stirling since 1982. A long time supporting member of the SFT, she has frequently billeted actors over the years and attended countless shows. Debbie recognizes the importance of our theatre in supporting the local economy and offering exposure to the Arts for Stirling and area residents, children and our many visitors.

Bob Barlas, is a founding member of the SFT Board. Professionally, he joined Search Associates in 1994 after an overseas career in education beginning in 1971 that led him to counseling, teaching and administering in Singapore, China, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the UK. Also an author, Bob has written the Teaching Overseas Handbook that has sold more than five hundred copies per year to overseas teaching candidates since 1991 as well as twelve cross-cultural travel books. He has specialized in working with children and adults in cross-cultural situations, particularly with those who are living, or wish to live, outside their home countries. Bob re-joined the SFT Board in 2010 and serves as an ad-hoc member on the Executive Committee.

Jan Demaray has worked in many capacities in the Early Childhood Education field, but now and for many years has worked as a Resource Consultant at Family Space (Quinte) Inc. In her work experience, she has worked with numerous non-profit boards and advisory committees, as well as sitting on the QECE Board of Directors, providing awards and professional development opportunities for early childhood educators. Jan has always enjoyed attending theatre productions in Stratford, New York, Petrolia, Grand Bend and, of course, at the Stirling Festival Theatre and is excited about joining the SFT Board and learning more about the inner workings of the theatre world.

Tammatha Denyes is the owner of TD Accounting Services, a cloud-based accounting practice physically located in Stirling, Ontario. She has had the honour to service clients for the last 25 years not only in her local area, but across Canada. With the advent and evolution of cloud accounting, she has re-structured her practice to embrace the new technology and this has allowed her and her team to help small to medium businesses focus on building and growing by offering solutions to problems they encounter. In her spare time she loves to golf, spend time with her family and expand her knowledge on the ever-changing landscape of cloud accounting.

Dean Graff was born in Portage la Prairie and moved to Stirling in 1962 with his parents who were in the Canadian Armed Forces. He attended public school in Stirling, secondary school in Belleville and College in London, ON. Dean worked in Toronto for 6 years before returning to Stirling and starting his own business in Trenton, OSI Industrial Sales, now in its 28th successful year. In 2014 he was elected as a Councilor for the Municipality of Stirling-Rawdon.

Judy Timpson is the longest serving Board member for Stirling Festival Theatre and in recent years, has served as board Secretary. Professionally, she is and has been a financial advisor for the past twenty-four years. She serves on the SFT Board because she sees the important role the theatre plays in our community by supporting young people and local service clubs, plus helping the economy of our local businesses. She recognizes that the SFT also allows performers to experience roles that may not be available to them in larger theatres.

Kathy Wilson was born and raised in the Township of Stirling-Rawdon. She has worked in several different fields, from working in the dietary department of BGH, operating an in home daycare for 18 years, Service Ontario MTO office, corporate customer service for Sears, SFT box office for 5 years. Kathy is presently enjoying creating memories with her granddaughter. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, friends, sew, and crochet.

Alison is currently on leave.  Her full bio will be coming soon.

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS

Ken MacDougall, 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 for 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 Young Company.

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 and have written and performed in the dinner theatres in the Eugene Burrell Hall since 2003.

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.

Charlotte Danford has been with the Stirling Festival Theatre since 2008 and is now the General Manager. In addition to her administrative duties, you can find her in the Box Office selling tickets or looking after the many groups that visit SFT. She looks forward to speaking with you for all your ticket needs, big or small!

The Stirling Festival Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and oversight of Stirling Festival Theatre and meets monthly in Stirling 9-10 times per year. The Annual General Meeting is held every March.

Individuals must become SFT Members to serve on the Board.

To inquire about joining the SFT Board or serving on a Board committee, please email Chair, Nancy Snowdon or call 613-395-2100 for more information.

Rear (l to r): Andrew Marre, Dean Graff, Bob Barlas, Middle: Joy Humphrey, Jan Demaray, Kathy Wilson, Front: Charlotte Danford, Nancy Snowdon, Judy Timpson, Joan Wilkinson, (missing from photo: Debbie Ackers, Alison Davies, Tammatha Denyes, Ken MacDougall)