Driftwood Theatre Staff

Artistic Director | D. Jeremy Smith

The Driftwood Theatre Group was founded and has been led for nearly 30 years by award-winning Artistic Director D. Jeremy Smith.

Jeremy is an artistic director, theatre administrator, theatre director, designer, painter and performer whose passion for the theatre is represented in his varied credits with theatres across Ontario. He also occassionally dips his toes into live music as a director for stage shows of vocal ensembles like two-time Juno-nominated vocal ensemble Cadence, and vocal ensembles Countermeasure and Retrocity.

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.

Contact: jsmith@driftwoodtheatre.com

Company Dramaturg |  Caitie Graham

Caitie is a dramaturg, arts educator, playwright, and emerging screenwriter who is as excited about telling stories as she is about empowering others to do the same. Over her career, Caitie has facilitated several playwriting programs for youth and young-in-craft artists across Toronto in schools and through arts organizations like Expect Theatre (KidCAST), and Scarborough Arts (Youth Playwrights Hub). From 2017 – 2020 she was Program Director of the Young Playwrights Unit at Tarragon Theatre. In 2021, she received a mentorship opportunity through Soulpepper Theatre’s Her Words Festival, as a Rising Star Dramaturg. She is now the Company Dramaturg at Driftwood Theatre Group, and has been working with the Beyond the Bard’s Playwrights Unit and Playwright-In-Residence since 2020. Select writing credits include PARADISE COMICS (Filament Incubator) and GASH (Ergo Pink Festival). She was a runner up for the Ellen Ross Stuart Opening Doors Award in 2018, and has received funding from the OAC (2019) and TAC (2020) for her newest plays in development. She is currently working on a feature-length animation script called BOXED IN: A SERVICE DOG STORY. It’s exactly what you think it’s about. 

Contact: dramaturg@driftwoodtheatre.com

Communications Guru | Mike Sheppard

Mike has spent most of his early arts career in Kingston, Ontario where he was the founder of the youth theatre company Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions Inc. He served as the Artistic Director of Blue Canoe from 2006-2018, during that time he founded the Juvenis Youth Arts Festival and co-founded Kingston’s Kick & Push Theatre Festival. Mike worked with several theatre and arts organizations in Kingston including Theatre Kingston (Associate Producer), the Kingston Arts Council (Administrator) and the CIty of Kingston Cultural Services Department (Arts Programmer). He’s also worked with the Students Commission of Canada, the Social Schmoes Marketing Team, CFRC Radio and Sherlock’s Escapes in various communications and marketing roles. 

Contact: msheppard@driftwoodtheatre.com