Welcome to Our New Board Members Elected for 2018-2020

Theatre Ontario welcomes the members elected to our Board of Directors for 2018-2020 at our Annual General Meeting on May 19.

We thank Elley-Ray of Toronto, who is retiring from the Board of Directors after serving her maximum three terms, and Linda Lloyd-McKenzie and Neil Wiancko, who both served one term and were not standing for re-election. We also thank Leah Dietrich, who has resigned from the Board of Directors after the completing the first year of her second term.

Mary Jane Boon (Newmarket)

Boon_Mary_Jane(Elected to a third three-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(Elected to a first 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.


Ron Dodson (Stratford)

Dodson_Ron(Elected to a a first 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.


Raeburn Ferguson (Toronto)

Ferguson_Raeburn(Elected to a first 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.


Farzeen Foda (Mississauga)

Foda_Farzeen(Elected to a first 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.


Annie MacKay (Toronto)

MacKay_Annie(Elected to the remainder of a first two-year term)

Annie 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.


Andre Newell (Toronto)

Newell_Andre(Elected to a first 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. 

Matthew Willson (Paris)

Willson_Matthew(Elected to a first 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

Brenda Worsnop (Cobourg)

Worsnop_Brenda(Elected to the remainder of a first two-year term)

Brenda 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.



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