Board of Directors


John E. Rock was appointed to the Board of SFT after the 2018 municipal election.

He is an elected member of the Stirling-Rawdon Council and has lived in Stirling-Rawdon for over forty years. He currently lives in the Village of Stirling.

John remains excited to be on the SFT Board and to continuing as a part of the future of the “Best Little Theatre in Ontario”.

Marijke’s  bio to follow.

Nik has enjoyed his past 2 years on the Stirling Festival Theatre Board and contributing to the arts, music, and entertainment scene in our local community. Nik and his wife Katherine moved to Stirling a few years ago to raise a family. They recently welcomed their first child, Louise, in April 2020.

He currently works as an Autism Therapist, where he works with parents and children/youth with autism to develop and teach various life skills. He also works part-time faculty at St. Lawrence College, where he supervises undergraduate psychology students during their community-based clinical placements.

Nik came of age playing in several bands spanning genres from punk rock to jazz and funk. He is an avid bass player, but also plays guitar, drums, and several other instruments. After a few years of friendship with Panto actors, open mics at Cafe23, and playing guitar at home for Louise and Katherine, Nik is expanding his horizons, contributing to the arts community in new and creative ways.


Linda’s bio to follow.

Lise’s bio to follow.

Jess’ bio to follow.


Ken MacDougall  I am proud to be the Artistic Director of the Stirling Festival Theatre since September 2017 and the momentum has built over time. The SFT and the town of Stirling have been a second home to me for over twenty years.

In my professional career outside of the SFT, I have been lucky enough to perform on stages across Ontario – Port Hope Festival, Gaiety Theatre in Collingwood and Georgian Theatre in Barrie to name a few. For twenty years, I performed regularly with the Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre in Toronto. I have had roles in over two dozen commercials and on TV shows such as Murdoch Mysteries, Degrassi: Next Generation, Mayday and King.

Here in Stirling, I performed in five Pantos, including the first ever Naughty Panto in 2000. I am still stopped on the streets of Stirling and reminded of my character Woody by hearing … “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 our annual Pantos and have written and performed in the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre events in our upper 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 always going to be a heck of a ride.

The Stirling Festival Theatre Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and oversight of the Stirling Festival Theatre and meets in Stirling 9-10 times per year. The Annual General Meeting is held in May or June of each year.

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 Artistic Director, Ken MacDougall or call 613-395-2100 / 1-877-312-1162, ext 205 for more information.