Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Welcoming New Board Members

We are thrilled to welcome Kevin Clarke, Paul Groulx, and Ted Sellers to our Board of Directors at Theatre Ontario.

Kevin D. Clarke’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 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 Ltd. A professional theatre company associated with The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.  He resides in Milton with his husband and three children.

Ted Sellers has been involved in community theatre for many years in the Durham region.  He has been in several productions as an actor, producer, set designer and builder, as well as his newest adventure as a director.  He is the director of the youth group at Oshawa Little  Theatre.  As a member of the ACT-CO Board of Directors for the past few years, he has been witness to outstanding theatre throughout the regions.  Community theatre is alive, exciting, and certainly unpredictable which adds that air of excitement when you see a community theatre production.

We are also sad to say farewell to Barry Freeman and Ken Stephen, both of whom have had to step down from the Board of Directors.  Barry is departing in order to fulfill his obligations to the University of Toronto, including writing a book on globalization in relation to theatre in Toronto, and also editing a collection of essays by artists, educators and scholars called Why Theatre Now, about what it is that makes theatre especially urgent in our time and place.  Ken is currently writing two blogs, Large Stage Live!, about live arts performances that he attends, and Off The Beaten Staff, about rare and unusual classical musical.

“Barry and Ken’s contributions will certainly be missed on our Board and we are very sorry to see them go,” said Carol Beauchamp, Executive Director.  “I am very excited to have a highly-engaged Board with a broad range of experience and valuable skill sets, all committed to a vibrant and dynamic future for Theatre Ontario.”

Read more about Theatre Ontario's Board of Directors on our website

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