Board of Directors


Mary Jane Boon
Treasurer / Executive Committee

Mary Jane Boon B.Sc., CPA, CMA (Newmarket) 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.


Ron Dodson
Vice-President / Executive Committee

Ron Dodson (Stratford) has been a secondary drama teacher, a Curriculum Coordinator, a Sessional Instructor at Brock University’s Faculty of Education, and an adjudicator of Sears (now NTS) 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 was 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) He was the Outreach Manager on the Board of Directors of Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance and is the co-chair of the Stratford Arts and Culture Collective, a coalition of 31 local arts and culture groups.



Elley-Ray (Toronto) 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.


Deanna Galati

Deanna Galati (Richmond Hill) 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.


Carri Johnson
President / Executive Committee

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 fifth 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

Eyal Katz (Toronto) 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

Gil Katz (Toronto) 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.


Andre Newell

Andre Newell (Milton) 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. 


Steve Russell

Steve Russell (Peterborough) 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.


Matthew Willson
Secretary / Executive Committee

Matthew Willson (Paris): With over 40 film and TV credits to his name and 1000 stage performances under his belt, Matthew is an award-winning actor, director, producer and financier of both film and theatre. ACTRA member, and Vice President of The Hamilton Theatre Company, Matthew cut his teeth as a kid in numerous TV commercials before moving into film and television - including recognizable roles in: Jack Reacher, Reign, Arrival, The Strain, Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, Queer as Folk, The Ranch and dozens of successful indie films.


Brenda Worsnop

Brenda Worsnop (Cobourg) 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.


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