Board of Directors


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 then, the UK Prime Minister, John Major and another as Director of Communications of the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

During the latter period, his 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.


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.

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 Councillor for the Municipality of Stirling-Rawdon.

John Rock is the Stirling-Rawdon Councillor appointed to the Stirling Festival Theatre board since November 2018. More bio information to follow.

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.


Ken MacDougall  I was very excited to be appointed the Artistic Director of the Stirling Festival Theatre in September 2017 and the momentum has built throughout my first year and into my second. 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 the 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.

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 Acting Chair, Andrew Marre or call 613-395-2100 for more information.

Front Row L to R: Ken MacDougall – Artistic Director (ex-officio), Alison Davies, Joy Humphrey, Nancy Snowdon, Judy Timpson
Back row L to R: Bob Barlas, Andrew Marre, Debbie Ackers, Joan Wilkinson, Jan Demaray, Kathy Wilson, Dean Graff, Charlotte Danford – General Manager (ex-officio)
Missing from photo: Tammatha Denyes, John Rock (Stirling-Rawdon Councillor)