Nominated Candidates for Board of Directors 2019

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.)

Four current Board members were elected to two-year terms beginning in 2018, and will be continuing until 2020.

  • Ron Dodson (Stratford)
  • Andre Newell (Toronto)
  • Matthew Willson (Paris)
  • Brenda Worsnop (Cobourg)


One current Board member was appointed to a two-year term during the 2018-2019 year, and will be standing for election for the balance of the term.


Mary Jane Boon (Newmarket)

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.


There are up to ten positions on the Board of Directors to be elected as of the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

When nominations closed, seven nominations were received.


Deanna Galati (Richmond Hill)

(Standing for election to a two-year term)

Deanna Galati is an Arts Administrator, Producer and Performer mainly working in theatre and dance. She is the Program Coordinator with the York Region Arts Council and Education and Outreach Coordinator with The National Ballet of Canada. She also works with princess productions as their Philanthropist and Partnership Officer. Deanna is committed to supporting opportunities for artists to succeed through her work. Apart from spending most of her time offstage, she also enjoys performing on stage, and most recently performed in a production of The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble at the Curtain Club Theatre. She is a past member of the Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee.


Elley-Ray Hennessey (Toronto)

(Standing for election to a two-year term)

Elley has traversed the stages, film sets, television and radio studios for over 40 years, delighting audiences world wide. Her talent and compassion to share it are "unparalleled." Elley has performed in over 300 theatrical productions, with hundreds of on-camera series and movies to her credit and voiced literally thousands of commercial campaigns, animated series, animated movies and games. Currently, three shows Elley voices have been nominated for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards - The Cat in the Hat Halloween Special, where she sings with Martin Short; The Wide World of Wandering Wenda by Margaret Atwood, where she plays the yodelling, Yolanda Yukihosen & Shuyan Saga, an interactive game where she played 30 characters. Elley teaches internationally with upcoming conventions in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Ohio, Manchester, Germany, Russia, Toronto, Vancouver and London to name a few. She delights in teaching at the University of Windsor where she received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her contributions to the Arts and Humanities. 
The dressing rooms at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre were named after her for her years of support on the Board, as well as sitting on numerous Arts Org boards, giving back to her community.


Carri Johnson (North Bay)

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

Carri Johnson (North Bay) is a Doctor of Audiology practicing at her own clinic; Near North Hearing Centre. She has been involved with Gateway Theatre Guild since 2003 and is currently serving her 5th and final term as president. She is also the Theatre Ontario Representative for the QUONTA drama region. Her passion is stage management, though she has dabbled in acting and producing. She has also been involved with Canadore College’s Rep 21 (Stage Manager) and Nipissing Stage Company (actor, stage manager and board member). Carri has a long history of board and committee membership, serving multiple terms as president on four boards (AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area, Canadian Academy of Audiology, Rotary Club of North Bay-Nipissing and Gateway Theatre Guild). She is a founding member of the DressingRoom Collective, serving as treasurer, stage manager and performer. As Festival Stage Manager for the Theatre Ontario Festival (2007 and 2016) and Festival Co-Chair in 2016 she has had the opportunity to be a part of Ontario’s thriving community theatre scene.



Eyal Katz (Toronto)

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

Eyal Katz is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Giant Step Inc., an award-winning digital marketing agency. Eyal has over 15 years experience creating digital marketing campaigns and online applications for many brands including Disney, Dell, CARP, Gogo’s Crazy Bones and more. A full-stack developer, technical lead and software architect for over 100 interactive productions Eyal built software for every screen, from web and mobile to theatres, kiosks, POS and ATMs. Eyal received a B.Sc. in Software Engineering from the University of Toronto and serves on the board of directors of the Off Centre Music Salon.


Gil Katz (Toronto)

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

Gil Katz is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Giant Step Inc., an award-winning digital marketing agency. Gil has over 12 years experience creating digital marketing campaigns and online applications for over 100 clients ranging from startups to global brands. A member of the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts and other associations, Gil speaks at events, judges marketing awards and serves on the board of directors of the Off Centre Music Salon. Gil received a Hon.B.Sc. in Mathematics and Interactive Media Design from the University of Toronto and a Certificate from Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich Business School.


Rachel Kennedy (Toronto)

(Standing for election to a two-year term)

Rachel is an arts administrator and indie theatre producer living in East York. Before joining the Toronto Arts Council / Toronto Arts Foundation (where the currently works as the Executive Assistant), she was the Professional Theatre and Education Manager at Theatre Ontario. Rachel produces work for local theatre and dance companies, as well as the Crème de la Femme cabaret series which she co-founded with fellow York graduates Shauna Sloan and Julia Matias. Rachel is passionate about advocacy, equity, and amplifying local creative voices - and is thankful to have found so many opportunities for work that embraces and furthers these values.


Steve Russell (Peterborough)

(Standing for election to a two-year term)

Steve Russell retired after a career as a full-time drama teacher in secondary school. He was a Sears Drama Festival Co-ordinator and is now in the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank as an adjudicator. He was President of the Council of Drama and Dance Educators of Ontario and a Vice-Chair of Prologue to the Performing Arts. He is currently President and Chair of the Peterborough Theatre Guild and a trustee for the KPR District School Board. He has authored a book on assessment in drama and was a lead writer of the Provincial Drama Curriculum.


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