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PO Box 65004 RPO Chester | Toronto, ON | M4k 3Z2
Telephone: 416.605.5132 (Toronto)     844.601.8057 (Toll Free)
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Artistic Director

D. Jeremy Smith | jsmith@driftwoodtheatre.com

 

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Mission and History

VISION | Driftwood Theatre believes in accessible, live theatre for everyone in Ontario. We envision communities connected through the immediacy and shared power of theatre experiences which are reflective of the world we live in.

MISSION | Driftwood Theatre breaks down barriers to experiencing and participating in theatre art by bringing theatre and engagement opportunities to audiences in Ontario who may not have access to professional performance.

We support dialogue and collaboration between urban and rural artists and communities.

We provide mentorship, training and outreach to encourage our new generation of theatre artists, administrators, technicians and audiences.

We encourage people who are geographically, culturally, economically, and generationally diverse to reconsider the world around them through inspired exploration of Canada’s and the world’s greatest theatre in non-traditional settings.

We broaden our collective understanding of ‘classic’ theatre through new interpretations of the work of William Shakespeare and other great playwrights, even as we invest in the development of today’s voices in Canadian Theatre – the classics of tomorrow.

HISTORY | Driftwood Theatre is Ontario’s leading outdoor summer touring theatre company, on the road with The Bard’s Bus Tour visiting Ontario communities since 1995.

Since 1995, the company has performed for over 100,000 people in venues across the province. City parks, campus fields, schools, heritage museums, castles, private estates and even a parking lot have, at one time or another, been home to a Driftwood performance.

Trafalgar 24, Driftwood’s annual 24-hour, site-specific theatre creation event began in 2004, and has fostered the creation of over 100 short plays set in the beautiful Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario.

In 2011, Trafalgar 24 became a juried festival, kicking off our play development program, Beyond The Bard. Each year, one Trafalgar 24 playwright receives a residency to further develop their work.

Leadership

Artistic Director | D. Jeremy Smith

The Driftwood Theatre Group was founded and is led by Artistic Director D. Jeremy Smith, whose work with Driftwood has been recognized by two Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards: the first from the Oshawa and District Chamber of Commerce in 1996 and the second from the Whitby Chamber of Commerce in 2007.

As an artistic director, theatre administrator, theatre director, designer, painter and performer Jeremy passion for the theatre is represented in his varied credits with theatres including The Grand Theatre, London (Apprentice Artistic Director and Artistic Associate, 2011-2012), The Canadian Stage Company (Intern General Manager, 2002-2003), The National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Sinfonietta, The Tarragon Theatre, The Factory Theatre, and The Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus.

For Driftwood Theatre, Jeremy has directed, designed or performed in over twenty productions. His work also ventures occasionally into the world of music as a director for the live performances of two-time Juno-nominated vocal ensemble Cadence, and vocal ensemble The Satin Dolls.

Favourite directing credits include:

Macbeth, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Trafalgar Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Driftwood Theatre; Memorial for Next Step Productions; Northern Lights, Eastern Fire for Canadian Sinfonietta; The Odyssey, The Hobbit (Assistant Director), Sherlock Holmes The Final Adventure (Assistant Director) for The Grand Theatre; Pélagie (Assistant Director) for The Canadian Stage Company,  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged for Sansanus Productions, and an international tour and CD release concert for Cadence.

Board of Directors

Niya Bajaj (Secretary)

Trevor Cole

Paul Dobbs

Akbar Khurshid

Alison Lam (Vice President)

Brian Lenahan (Treasurer)

Melanie Warren

Michele Watson (President)

 

To contact Driftwood’s board of directors, email boardofdirectors@driftwoodtheatre.com.

Volunteer

Volunteering for Driftwood is a great way to meet new people, experience theatre at a whole new level, and contribute to the ongoing success of Ontario’s most exciting, accessible theatre. Whether you would like to make a contribution of just a few hours (Front of House Volunteer) or many (Board of Directors), there is always a role for you to play at Driftwood.

For consideration on Driftwood’s Board of Directors, contact boardofdirectors@driftwoodtheatre.com

For consideration as a Front of House Volunteer during Trafalgar 24 or The Bard’s Bus Tour,  contactus@driftwoodtheatre.com

Employment

Driftwood Theatre is currently hiring:

General Manager: Application Deadline, August 15, 2017