Driftwood Theatre Staff

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 ensembles Countermeasure, Retrocity and 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.

General Manager | Lee Bolton

Lee Bolton joined Driftwood as General Manager in 2017. Lee brings three decades of arts administration experience ranging from her recent work as Program Leader with the Ontario/Quebec Indigenous and Racialized Dance Initiative to her seven years as Executive Director of Saint John’s Imperial Theatre (managing a 2 million dollar budget) to work with organizations as varied as Full Circle First Nations Performance, William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study and Yukon Educational Theatre. Lee holds an MA in TheatreMaking from the University of Leeds and a BA from York University in Theatre Studies. Her extensive knowledge of administration and production, connections with Canada’s arts ecology and deep commitment to theatre and community provide a strong administrative base for Driftwood’s work.