Nominated Candidates for Board of Directors 2018

There may be from eight up to fifteen elected positions on the Theatre Ontario Board of Directors. Board members serve two-year terms for a maximum of three terms (six years.)

Five current Board members were elected to two-year terms beginning in 2017, and will be continuing until 2019.

  • Bodene Corbitt (Toronto)
  • Vera N. Held (Toronto)
  • Carri Johnson (North Bay)
  • Eyal Katz (Toronto)
  • Gil Katz (Toronto)

Retiring from the Board is Elley-Ray (Toronto) who has served the maximum of three consecutive terms on the Board of Directors.


Two current Board members were appointed to two-year terms during the 2017-2018 year, and will be standing for election for the balance of the terms. 

Annie MacKay (Toronto)

MacKay_AnnieAnnie MacKay is an actor, producer, and theatre creator originally from Vancouver. She works in communications and marketing at Studio 180 Theatre, the Dirt Underneath Actors' Space, and the creator-based conversation series Dark Nights. As an actor, recent Toronto credits include: The Rape of Lucrece (Paprika Festival), Marisol (Seven Siblings Theatre – Staged Reading), Brave New Theatre: Unholy (BNT – Collective Creation), The Crucible (Kindling Collective), and Much Ado About Nothing (Unit 102/Leroy Street). Annie served as co-chair of the 2016 Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University.


Brenda Worsnop (Cobourg)

Worsnop_BrendaBrenda Worsnop discovered the stage at 7 in Cornwall, and rediscovered it as an adult with the Brockville Theatre Guild in 1975. Now, after more than forty-five active years in community and professional theatre she is well known as a director, actor, stage manager, set designer and teacher/mentor across southern Ontario. She was co-creator/owner of a murder mystery company, Games Up; has worked professionally in Ontario Summer Theatre as an actress and stage manager; has served on regional community theatre boards in all positions for over forty years, and she even managed to combine her administrative and theatre skills at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga in her job as Executive Administrator. She has taken many Theatre Ontario summer courses and is currently Past President of the Eastern Ontario Drama League.


There are up to eight positions on the Board of Directors to be elected as of the 2018 Annual General Meeting.
Eight nominations were received.

Mary Jane Boon (Newmarket)

Boon_Mary_Jane(Standing for re-election to a third two-year term)

Mary Jane Boon B.Sc., CPA, CMA is the former 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 Professional 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.


Tim Dawdy (St. Thomas)

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

Tim has been active in Community Theatre for the past 18 years. He started in St. Thomas doing sound and lights and then progressed into props, sets, stage managing and directing. In 2006, Tim got his first taste of the WODL Festival and has since worked with about twenty member groups at Festival. There has also been many times that Tim has assisted with groups at Theatre Ontario Festival.

"Being able to serve on the Board of Theatre Ontario will only enhance my ability to reach out to the community groups and create a greater network. I would like to serve on the Board of Directors for Theatre Ontario to be able to relay information to all Member groups. I feel communication is our greatest asset."


Ron Dodson (Stratford)

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

After 26 years of teaching secondary drama, Ron spent the final six years as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Avon Maitland DSB. After retirement, he taught at Brock University and adjudicated a number of Sears Drama Festivals. His board experience includes the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (President), Gallery Stratford (Chair), and Theatre/Théâtre Canada (President). His international experience includes the International Amateur Theatre Association (AITA/IATA asbl) where he is the Interim Chair of the Standing Committee for Children and Youth. He was the Artistic Director of the 14th World Festival of Children’s Theatre (Stratford, ON; 2016) Currently, he is the Outreach Manager on the Board of Directors of Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance and co-chair of the Stratford Arts and Culture Collective, a coalition of over 30 local arts and culture groups.

"My strengths include learning about shared goals, then working with organizations and their members to determine how they can connect and work together to attain those goals. When the results include a sense of co-creation, whether it is establishing a new program, renewing established ones, bridging cultures, exploring a funding source or seeking new audiences, I feel there is a much higher degree of measurable accomplishment. I have worked as a team leader and a team member and contributed  to their highest possible level of success. I feel I can use my experience to contribute to the Theatre Ontario team, to help it achieve its mission of excellence in theatre education and advocacy."


Raeburn Ferguson (Toronto)

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

Raeburn is a graduate from York University where she studied Devised Theatre. Since graduating she was worked steadily in community and professional theatres around Ontario, strengthening her passion for creation and theatre education. She has been nominated for her work on various productions at the ACT-CO awards and has recently started her own theatre company, Truesight Collective. She has been a member of Orangeville Music Theatre for over ten years and currently holds the Vice President position on the Executive Board. Raeburn is passionate about keeping community theatre alive and helping underserviced areas accesses arts education and programing.

"I have been a member and worked in many community theatres in Ontario over the past years. I wish to help keep these community theatre groups alive and well and continue to support, educate and sustain theatre in under resourced communities."


Farzeen Foda (Mississauga)

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

Farzeen is a corporate strategy and human resources professional with experience in the healthcare and financial services sectors. She has a particular interest in helping organizations enable employees in achieving their mission and strategy. She enjoys exploring Ontario’s arts and culture landscape through various local productions and festivals. Farzeen also supports various non-profit organizations through pro-bono consulting. Farzeen has earned her BSc in Life Sciences from McMaster University and her MBA from the University of Toronto and is interested in opportunities to support Ontario’s thriving arts and culture sector.

"Growing up in Ontario, theatre offered an inclusive environment for me and my family to learn more about our home, spend quality time together, and also participate in building the vibrant culture of our province and country. Serving on the Board of Directors for Theatre Ontario would give me an opportunity to deepen my contribution to our vibrant theatre community through support and advocacy for our talented current and aspiring artists. As a Board Member, I would further support Theatre Ontario's mission by participating fully in organizational and Board activities and engaging my network in the success of Theatre Ontario."


Andre Newell (Toronto)

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

Andre Newell is a Writer, Director, Producer at Dream Scenes, Principal Agent at Carrier Talent Toronto and the Executive Producer of Canada’s largest acting showcase, Monologue Slam Canada. Now in its 7th year, Monologue Slam has become the premiere monthly networking event for Toronto's Film, Television and Theatre Industry. The event has attracted the industries most influential casting directors, producers, and directors, while showcasing over 500 actors. In 2017 the event launched in Vancouver and continues to expand. Since January 2015, Andre has written, directed, produced, shot and edited over 50 film projects. His innovative and ground-breaking approach to indie film making has made him the most sought after film makers in Toronto. The Aspire Network in the US recently picked up his short film War on Love and The Monologue Slam series is currently playing on Bell Fibe TV.

"I am a supporter of the acting community and believe that Theatre Ontario engages actors in pivotal areas of their journey as artists. I think I can contribute valuable expertise, resources and networking."


Mike Sheppard (Kingston)

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

"I would like to offer Theatre Ontario support from another part of Ontario, Kingston has such a wide range of theatre programs and artists doing great work, that I believe I can help figure out ways to support this area and continue to grow theatre Ontario."


Matthew Willson (Paris)

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

"From a very young age, I knew acting was something I had to do. Not that I can say I knew exactly what acting was, or even why I wanted to do it, but I felt a magnetic pull to be part of that world and knew that somehow, someday I would make it happen. To-date, I have over 1,000 stage performances under my belt and most recently, I have gotten into directing and producing both stage and film productions. I’m honoured and excited to be a part of this important organization and will strive to serve in this position with integrity and respect."


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