Bios of Candidates for Election 2013

Kenny Chan (Toronto) is pleased to serve on the Board of Theatre Ontario, an organization which served as the launch pad for his career in the not-for-profit sector when he interned with the organization in 2002.  Now an award-winning association management executive, Kenny brings a decade of experience from a range of membership-driven organizations.  He is currently the Director, Communications for the Canadian Franchise Association, the indispensable resource for franchising in Canada, and is the Associate Publisher of the Canadian Newsstand Award-winning FranchiseCanada Magazine. Kenny holds a degree in Theatre and Drama Studies from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Acting from Sheridan College.

Kristina Nicoll (Toronto) has been recently elected to the National Council of Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA).  She has just completed a two-year contract as the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre, responsible for casting the productions and play development workshops, and directing five plays for Tarragon's One-Act Play Festival (now known as Fresh Herbs), an extension of the Spring Training project.  She is the Artistic Director of Theatre Credo, and directed and produced the company's inaugural production at Toronto's Summerworks Festival 2011: Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.  Kristina's career onstage and onscreen in film, television, and radio has included five consecutive seasons in leading roles at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, as well as theatres across Canada.  A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, she is a Dora Award-winner for Best Performance in a Leading Role (Girl in A Goldfish Bowl), a nominee for the Gina Wilkinson Emerging Female Director Award, and a recipient of the Christopher Plummer International Fellowship for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.  A sought-after teacher, Kristina has taught acting and audition workshops, and her specialty is teaching the fundamentals and joy of theatre to ESL students, as it is her belief that theatre is a universal language, and that the value of theatre beyond creating community, is that the skills needed to perform can be skills applied to benefit anyone's life.

Deb Sholdice (Blyth) spent “many happy years in my youth” as a volunteer usher at the Blyth Festival.  In 2000, she went with her son to a volunteer orientation session and became fixtures ever since, first as a member of the community company for all three productions of The Outdoor Donnellys and as a member of the Board of Directors. In 2007, the organization was searching for a General Manager and Deb was ultimately selected for the position.  Since that time, she has worked closely with many organizations and businesses to promote arts and culture in their rural region.

Ken Stephen (Woodstock) grew up in Toronto and settled in Elliot Lake in 1978 to teach high school.  He became involved in the local Ptarmigan Players group as an actor, lighting operator, stage manager, director, and served on the Executive, and later joined the new Elliot Lake Amateur Theatre Ensemble (ELATE).  He was a delegate to the QUONTA Drama Region and served as President and Treasurer, and was Festival Chairman for three QUONTA Festivals held in Elliot Lake in 1999, 2004, and 2008.  The first of these was a co-production with the Elliot Lake Entertainment Series, a producing organization for which Ken held a board position for over 10 years.  For over 25 years he adjudicated semi-annual presentations of original one-act plays at ELSS.  In 2007 Ken received the Michael Spence 35th Anniversary Award from Theatre Ontario, upon the nomination of QUONTA, for “a sustained contribution to theatre in Ontario.”

Joanne Williams (Toronto) is a freelance director and Artistic and Company Manager of Canadian Stage.  Directing credits include Then He Wakes Up by Matt Sarookanian (2012 Toronto Fringe), The End of an Organism by Jordan Mechano (2012 New Ideas Festival), Finally: An Epic Cycle by Sarah Cody (2011 Toronto Fringe), and Theory by Norman Yeung (2010 SummerWorks). She gives tours for The Haunted Walk of Toronto and serves on the New Ideas Reading Committee and the Programming Committee at Alumnae Theatre. She completed a BAH in Drama and English Language and Literature at Queen's University.


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