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.

Production Manager & Communications Coordinator | Elena Damus

Elena is a Toronto-based software developer and project manager with a professional background in biomedical engineering. She is also a pianist and cellist whose greatest passion is for both music and theatre. She is incredibly excited to be working with Driftwood, and to become more engaged with the Toronto theatre community.




Development and Communications Manager | Sean Yauk

Sean Yauk is an arts manager, development professional, theatre producer, and music maker based in Toronto! He studied politics and music at the University of Western Ontario, and completed his Masters Degree in Arts Leadership at Queen’s. He loves to travel for work!

Contact: syauk@driftwoodtheatre.com

Sales and Partnerships Clerk | Isabelle Ellis

Isabelle is an actor, playwright, and amateur knitter from Aurora, Ontario. After graduating from theatre school last year, Isabelle wanted to find work within her field of expertise. She has worked many odd jobs – from sandwich artist to camp counsellor – but feels her skills are best used when working in sales. She is thrilled to be working with Driftwood this summer as their Sales and Partnership Clerk, and looks forward to forming relationships and building connections with all partners as well as Driftwood’s team members.

Contact: partnerships@driftwoodtheatre.com

Safety Coordinator | Ella Kohlmann

Ella Kohlmann is a writer, theatre-maker, and recent graduate of Concordia University’s Honours English Literature & Creative Writing program. This will be her fifth summer with Driftwood, having worked as a technician, PA, and Front-of-House Manager before making her way to safety coordinating this year!

Contact: safety@driftwoodtheatre.com