Candidates 2014

Mary Jane Boon

Mary_Jane_Boon(Standing for election to a two-year term)

Mary Jane Boon B.Sc., CPA, CMA (Newmarket) is the Canadian CFO of Ammeraal Beltech Inc., a global leader in the conveyor belting industry.  Mary Jane earned a B.Sc. from McMaster University and after years of working in finance departments, completed her Certified Management Accountant designation.  She has built a resume of experience with privately- and publically-owned corporations as well as not-for-profit organizations.  In addition to the development of her financial management career, she has been active with community theatres for over twenty years.  Mary Jane is an award-winning lighting and set designer, working with a number of theatre groups throughout the Greater Toronto Area.  In addition, she was involved with the administration of The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill and is a past President of that organization.

Betsy Chaly

Betsy_Chaly(Appointed during the 2013-2014 year and standing for election to a two-year term) 

Betsy Chaly (Toronto) is a bilingual marketing and communications professional with over fifteen years of experience in a variety of industries, including media, arts, telecom, government, and education.  Currently, she is the Vice President of Communications & Marketing at Indspire.  Prior to joining Indspire, Betsy provided consulting support to OCAD University, Tourism Northern Ontario, Waste Diversion Ontario, AIDWYC, and Don River.  Previously, she was the head of the marketing and communications departments at SOCAN, the Canada Media Fund, and CanWest MediaWorks, and she held various progressive roles at Bell.  Betsy is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, and she serves on the board of directors of Art Starts.  She earned her MBA in International Business from the University of New Brunswick and also holds a B.A. Honours in Geography and B.Sc. in Biology.

Kevin D. Clarke

Kevin_D_Clarke(Appointed during the 2013-2014 year and standing for election to a two-year term)

Kevin D. Clarke (Toronto)'s interest in theatre was sparked in junior-high school and continued as a patron and volunteer at Theatre Calgary for shows including Anne of Green Gables and The Phantom of the Opera tour.  He moved to Toronto in 1996 to pursue a career in Information Technology with IBM and experienced a wider spectrum of theatre from Brad Fraser’s Outrageous to Cole Porter’s classic musical Anything Goes.  He gained career experience as Manager of PwC Canada’s IT Service Desk and Chaired the LGBT Employee Resource Group (GLEE).  As Senior Project Manager in the Global Human Resources group at Scotiabank, he is very excited to join the board and experience another aspect of theatre.

Paul Groulx

Paul_Groulx(Appointed during the 2013-2014 year and standing for election to a two-year term)

Paul Groulx (Milton) has been involved in theatre since 1983 as an actor, director, producer, and stage manager of many productions in the region of Halton and Toronto.  He studied acting part-time in Toronto at various local studios from 1986 to 1989.  He then graduated from the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School, and he has practised law since 1997.  He has served as Vice President of the Oakville Arts Council and President of the Burl-Oak Theatre Group in Oakville.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for West End Studio Theatre, a community theatre group in Oakville, and also for Galahad Theatre Productions, a professional theatre company associated with The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.  He resides in Milton with his husband and three children.


Elley_Ray_Hennessy(First elected to the Board in 2012, and standing for re-election to a two-year term)

Elley-Ray Hennessy (Toronto) is an international, award-winning actress, writer, director and producer who has been in over 275 productions.  A multiple Dora, Jesse, Gemini, and Pauline McGibbon award nominee and holding Ken McDougal and Harold awards, her recent accomplishments include the feature film Then Again, directing and voicing Z-Baw for Imagination Films, commercial spots for Zellers and TD Bank and two 3D animation feature films (Alley of Dreams, Papagiorgio the Great.)  She was chosen as one of the Mille Femmes in LuminaTO for outstanding contribution to the arts including hosting the red carpet at Dora Mavor Moore awards and serving as a juror in the "Best Voice" category for the Emmys.

Cam Lund

Cam_Lund(First appointed to the Board as a regioanal representative in 2011, elected to the Board in 2012, and standing for re-election to a two-year term)

Cam Lund (Newmarket) has been involved in community theatre for 23 years starting off at The Curtain Club theatre in Richmond Hill back in 1987.  He first worked in the booth operating lights and sound and immediately found a connection with theatre and the people involved.  Since then, he has been very actively involved in a number of community theatres in Central Ontario in various roles from acting and directing to being on the executive committee and assisting with box office.  Community theatre is a place where people can come and be creative in their area(s) of interest/expertise and what is really fascinating is the diversity of people that you work with in partnership to create a common goal.  He loves the “family” aspect of community theatre and always promotes the sharing of ideas and resources within community groups and regions.

Mark Mooney

Mark Mooney(First appointed to the Board as a regional representative in 2010, re-appointed in 2012, and standing for re-election to a third two-year term)

Mark Mooney (London) has had an active interest in developing talent in high school and community theatre for much of his career.  As a teacher for 28 years, he and his students have developed touring plays for elementary school dealing with a variety of social issues, as well at the “usual” musicals and major plays.  He has also directed two Shakespeare plays, including a “Dream” with original music and design by students.  He has served on the boards of Theatre Kent, London Community Players, the Western Ontario Drama League, the Stratford Festival Teacher Liaison Committee and the Grand Theatre (London)’s Education committee.  He has worked in every facet of theatre production, preferring directing, especially mentoring new directors. In 2006, he won WODL’s best director award for Ethan Claymore which went on to the Theatre Ontario Festival in Newmarket. He has participated in several Theatre Ontario summer courses and recently completed the Theatre Ontario Adjudicators Course in Richmond Hill.

George Randolph


(Standing for election to a two-year term)

George Curtiss Randolph, Jr. (Toronto) is a pioneer in performing arts education and former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal.  George has over 35 years of international dance performance and education experience. His expertise in developing performing arts programs has resulted in over 1,000 alumni armed with the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts’ (registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.) signature Triple Threat® (act, sing, dance) training. The legacy of this training is currently represented by award-winning TV and film actors, producers, recording artists, directors, choreographers and performers on the world’s stages and screen, including Broadway (N.Y.), West End (London) and Canada’s famed Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, and Mirvish Productions 

Liz Schell

Liz_Schell(First appointed to the Board as a regional representative in 2012, and standing for re-election to a two-year term)

Liz Schell (Kingston) has been a theatre-goer for many years. In the early 1990s she started to volunteer at Domino Theatre In Kingston as a builder.  She became a board member of Domino, then became President in 2005, just as they realized they were going to lose their theatre in a sale to Queen's University by the City of Kingston.  She has been instrumental in helping Domino rebuild in a disused hockey arena--a wonderful, purpose-built theatre that opened in January 2012 and retains the old Domino intimacy and quality.  She is a retired Certified Management Accountant, first term City Councillor for Portsmouth District, and continues to produce, direct and design for Domino Theatre.  She is immediate past president of the EODL and current Domino Treasurer."


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