I am proud to be the Artistic Director of the Stirling Festival Theatre since September 2017 and the momentum has built throughout this 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 since 2010 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.

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Donna Carlisle is our Costume Designer and works with the show production team to bring her costume designs to life. That often includes sewing, building, buying, renting, borrowing and reworking stock to meet the show’s needs. As Head of Wardrobe since 2010, she oversees our costume resources and manages the costume shop, including a great team of sewers.

In her other life, she has been a partner in a ‘farrow to finish’ business for over 30 years in the beautiful Oak Hills – that’s a pig farm for all you townies! Donna is a graduate from Sheridan College’s Fashion Technique and Design program and has certificates in Business Management from Loyalist College.

Some of her favourite design credits are Joseph And the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2013), Hats, The Musical (2011), Forever Plaid (2014), Little Shop of Horrors (2016) and the always fun, annual SFT Panto.

From ‘performing’ in front of her Kindergarten students to acting and working backstage, the theatre has always been a very important aspect of Nancy’s life! After graduating from York University and Toronto Teachers’ College, Nancy pursued a teaching career in Toronto and then in the Quinte area.

After retirement, she began her second career performing with local theatres including the Belleville Theatre Guild, Westben and The Village Theatre. Nancy was concert manager for Quinte Symphony and stage manager, props coordinator, follow spot operator and producer with a variety of area theatre groups. She is currently a Board member for the Belleville Theatre Guild as well as previously serving on the Boards of Westben, Quinte Symphony and the SFT.

Nancy is thrilled to be working with the SFT as the props coordinator/assistant stage manager for the annual Panto and as the stage manager/props coordinator for the SFT Young Company. In her spare time you may find her singing with the Westben Festival Chorus.

My background for over 25 years has focused on bookkeeping, financial and administrative areas of business. I have extensive experience working with small businesses, not for profits and in various government sectors. As a “professional” volunteer, I have been an active member of the boards of affordable housing organizations and heritage centres, and have a passion for supporting and getting my hands dirty at community gardens.

In secondary school, I performed in the chorus of a production of HMS Pinafore, and in primary school I sang Oh Holy Night as a solo for a concert and studied ballet and piano for a number of years. While this is the extent of my performing, my passion for music, dance and theatre has always been, and continues to be, a driving force. This focus has led to my volunteering with small community theatre groups and music festivals throughout my life. I am thrilled to be part of the Stirling Festival Theatre front office team and look forward to many years of meeting wonderful people – both customers and performers – and working with colleagues to support the thriving community of local theatre.

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Mare (as all of her live entertainment colleges know her) has industry experience as an arts administrator, educator and consultant. Her professional stage management opportunities in opera have taken her across Canada and to Vermont. In theatre/musical theatre/special event stage management, she has worked for: our SFT (from the first fundraiser in Dec 1996, to the opening show Top Hat, White Tie & Tails in July 2007 and over 20 shows beyond…), the National Capital Commission, National Arts Centre, Theatre Collingwood and Drayton Entertainment.

She thrives on “making sense out of chaos” in the world of not-for-profit management and using other parts of her brain developing website content, telling great stories and figuring out new website tricks with WordPress and HTML.

Jane saw her first Stirling Panto in 2001 (Snow White) and has been a fan ever since! She is excited to now be a Stirling resident and one of SFT’s House Managers. A graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA Acting program, Jane brings her background as an actor to the role, as well as her front of house experience (Roy Thomson Hall, Sony Centre).

Jane is also a coach in communication skills and customer service. Jane looks forward to welcoming you to the Stirling Festival Theatre to laugh, listen and celebrate local stories.

I started at the SFT in the summer of 2010. I began as a volunteer operator on sound and lights for Driving Miss Daisy and The Last Resort. Since that time I returned each summer between college and university to mix sound for the Young Company summer productions.

I started at the SFT in the summer of 2010. I began as a volunteer operator on sound and lights for Driving Miss Daisy and The Last Resort. Since that time I returned each summer between college and university to mix sound for the Young Company summer productions.

After graduating from University in 2013 with degrees in audio and multi-media technologies, I continued working on SFT’s Young Company productions spanning from Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2013 all the way through to The Pirate of Oak Lake in 2020. I have had the pleasure of designing lights, mixing sound and coordinating projections for our annual Pantos. I am happy to be part of the SFT team and look forward to future drama and theatrics.

I did tech for musicals in high school, before the dead sea was even sick! I also studied Theatre Arts at Niagara College and then toured with infamous and famous rock bands for longer than I should have.

Finally retired from ‘real employment’, I settled in the area and found the job I’d been looking for my whole life.

Brittney is thrilled to have rejoined the SFT since the Fall of 2018! Her journey in theatre began with a Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Theatre from the University of Ottawa. In 2010 she began with SFT as a co-director of The Brothers Grimm Young Company Show, then switched gears to be the Assistant Stage Manager for The Last Resort, Hats! The Musical, Hansel and Gretel and Puss in Boots. She has previously enjoyed many summers assisting and teaching summer theatre camps at the Stirling Festival Theatre.

Brittney cannot wait to share her passion of theatre with you! Come see her at the Box Office to book your tickets!

Contact: or 613-395-2100 / 877-312-1162, ext 201.

I have lived in the Quinte area all my life and currently reside in Plainfield with my husband and 2 daughters. I have worked retail and customer service in the past and after taking a break for a number of years to focus on kids and family, I am excited to be back and working with such a great team at the Stirling Festival Theatre.

Contact: or 613-395-2100 / 877-312-1162, ext 201.