Company Members

Playwright | Dave Carley

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Dave Carley’s plays have had over 450 productions across Canada and the United States. They include Taking Liberties; Writing With Our Feet; Conservatives in Love; and The Last Liberal.

Over the years Dave has had the great good fortune to work with some of our country’s best theatre artists and is forever grateful to them for their talent, creative input, sweat and (on occasion) tears. Chick Reid, Jon de Leon and producer Vince Deiulis are new partners in crime. Sarah Phillips previously directed Test Drive and A Splinter in the Heart, an adaptation of the Al Purdy novel. The US premiere of Dave’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman starred Canadian Rajah’s stage manager, Cecily Smith. Jennifer Triemstra costume-designed the premiere of Test Drive at the Blyth Festival.

Dave’s newest play, The Shakespeare Club, premieres in Columbus, Ohio in August. For more, please go to

Director | Sarah Phillips

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Sarah Phillips is a director, dramaturg, producer and educator. For 20+ years she has worked across Canada and locally with companies such as the Stratford Festival; Tarragon; Buddies in Bad Times; Soulpepper; da da kamera; and Theatre Columbus.

During Sarah’s decade at the helm of Festival Players of Prince Edward County she produced and directed works by a multitude of Canadian playwrights, including the commissioning and premiere production of Dave Carley’s adaptation of Al Purdy’s A Splinter in the Heart.

As a teacher, Sarah has also worked and directed projects at Fanshawe College; Queens; Ryerson; and University of Waterloo.  In addition to her stage work, Sarah directs audiobooks for Penguin Random House Canada. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing Program, she is currently completing her Master’s in Arts Leadership at Queen’s University and working with the Shaw Festival.

Cast – ESCA BROOKE | Jon De Leon

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Jon de Leon is a Toronto based actor/creator. Selected theatre credits include featured roles in The Boat (Theatre New Brunswick); Hamlet (Driftwood Theatre); Every Letter Counts by Nina Lee Aquino (Factory Theatre); and three seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada.

Recent film and television credits included featured roles in Star Trek: Discovery (CBS); Mary Kills People (CTV); Ascension (Sufi); Rookie Blue (CTV); Lost Girl (Showcase); and Downsizing (Mega Omaha Films Inc).

A graduate of the theatre program at Concordia University in Montreal, Jon was a member of the Birmingham Conservator for Classical Training at the Stratford Festival. Jon is currently starring in and writing/producing his web series I Am Not A Chef! on YouTube.

Cast – THE RANEE OF SARAWAK | Barbara Worthy

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Barbara Worthy is a writer/director/producer/performer. She has enjoyed a twenty year association with the Shaw Festival, a career which has included acting, writing and producing for that theatre. For two decades she has also worked as a drama and documentary producer for CBC Radio.

Barbara currently teaches at both Brock University and Niagara College. She also works as a creative producer and content provider for many local arts organizations in the Niagara region. Most recently, she wrote and directed the Niagara 150 Commemorative touring productions; Yellow Door Theatre’s production of Wind in the Willows; and a nine part video documentary series for the Niagara Historical Museum.

Barbara is currently producing, writing and performing with The Great Canadian Historical Songbook, a new Niagara region venture that is bringing history alive through words and music.

Stage Manager | Cecily Smith

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Cecily Smith is a versatile director, theatre education specialist and actor, with extensive performance experience across the US.  She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a BFA in Theatre Performance.

Some of Cecily’s stage roles include Lady Di in Brentwood Blondes (Los Angeles); Carol in Oleanna (Cincinnati)  and the lead role of Sarah in the movie Blood Proposal. She also starred as Marian in the US premiere of The Edible Woman (Ann Arbor).

Cecily was the Founder of Girls on the Run Orange County, a non-profit empowering young girls in California. Most recently she was the Youth Drama Teacher at the Arts Centre of Coastal Carolina in Hilton Head, SC.

Cecily and her family now make their home in Toronto.

Costume Designer | Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston

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For over 25 years Jennifer Triemstra has worked as a designer for productions across Ontario. Recent credits include: costume design for Wing Night at the Boot (Blyth Festival); Yet (Ryerson Dances); Arranged Marriage (Ryerson University); set and costume design Mingus: Reminiscing in Tempo (Ryerson Dances), costume design Test Drive (Festival Players), and costume design/co-creator, Kitchen Radio (Blyth Festival).

Jennifer has worked as part-time faculty for the Ryerson University School of Fashion, Ryerson University School of Performance, and York University Departments of Theatre and Dance. She holds a BFA in Theatre Production/Design from York University and a MA in Fashion from Ryerson.

Jennifer is the director for the new Fashion Arts and Creative Textiles Studio in Blyth. She is also the designer and creator for Pick a Posie Costume Company, her costume shop in Blyth that sells vintage, costumes and custom designs.

Producer | Vince Deiulis

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Vince considers himself a theatre creator because over the years he has had the pleasure of producing, performing, writing and directing. A graduate of Fanshawe College’s Theatre Arts program, Vince has also trained with some of Canada’s brightest theatre talents, including: Gil Garratt, Hume Baugh, Maja Ardal and Anna Chatterton.

Vince trained in producing with the Toronto Fringe’s TENT Program and has recently produced Gods Like Us and Life Assignment with Theatre Nidãna and was a production consultant with the Lost Souls Collective’s site-specific performance The Boat Show.

Selected performance credits: Gods Like Us and Life Assignment (Theatre Nidãna), Echoes of the War (EotW Collective), Nerve (Shining Star Theatrical Company), Blue Remembered Hills (Good Old Neon theatre), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Lower Ossington Theatre), Out in the Open and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (TBD Theatre Co.).

This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.