NTS Festival Directory


Wayne Fairhead, NTS Festival Executive Director

Wayne Fairhead had an illustrious career in education for 38 years, teaching and advising at all levels-elementary, secondary and tertiary. He retired from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) in 2004. Wayne has been a member of several Dora Mavor Moore and Chalmers Awards juries for Theatre for Young Audiences, including the inaugural juries for both Awards. He Co-chaired the Arts Education Expert Panel for the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training that reviewed and reinvigorated Arts Education at that time.

Wayne was the Executive Director of the Sears Ontario Drama Festival from1991 until its recent transition into the National Theatre School (NTS) Festival. He instigated equivalent Festivals in BC and Atlantic Canada a decade ago. All are now NTS Festivals. During his leadership with the Festivals he has partnered them with SummerWorks, IATSE and Playwrights Canada.

Publications include: DRAMA VOICES (Editor); “Establishment or alternative: Two Canadian models” in Learning Through Theatre (Author); “Empowerment and the changing curriculum” in the Australian  drama education magazine ADEM (Author); “Drama in Education: Canada” in Contemporary Canadian Theatre: New World Visions(Author);TYA5: Theatre for Young Audiences, Playwrights Canada,1998 (Co Editor); and Festival Voices Playwrights Canada Press, 2010 (Co Editor).

Wayne is a Lifetime Member of the Council of Drama in Education (CODE), an inaugural member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Theatre Museum and a former member of the Board of Theatre Direct Canada. In 1996 and 1998 respectively he was the recipient of the MAGGIE BASSETT AWARD (administered by Theatre Ontario) for outstanding contribution to theatre and the FABIAN LEMIEUX AWARD (administered by the Ontario Arts Council) for his sustained and outstanding support for Arts Education. Wayne was given a HAROLD AWARD (2008) for his outstanding contribution to theatre in Toronto.

As the Congress Director for the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association’s (IDEA) Fifth Congress (IDEA2004) held in Ottawa in early July 2004 Wayne welcomed delegates from 70 countries to Canada. Two Sears Ontario Drama Festival productions (one each in English and French) were presented for the 1000 delegates.

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Maude Levasseur, Arts Engagement Director

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Festival Coordinators

Sharon Conrad 
Email: theatre.garden@yahoo.ca

Gordon Hamilton 
Email: ghamilton@sd35.bc.ca


Emily Peck
Student Delegate Liaison

Mitchell Deeming
Communications Manager

Jake Guy
Festival Assistant


Zone 1 – Northeast

Jennifer Ylagan, Energetic Learning Campus, Fort St. John 
Email: jylagan@prn.bc.ca

Zone 2 – Northwest

Alison O’Toole, Prince Rupert Secondary, Prince Rupert 
Email: kieva1@citytel.net

Zone 3 – North Central

Earl Tourangeau, Correlieu Secondary, Quesnel 
Email: earltourangeau@sd28.bc.ca

Zone 4 – Kamloops

Currently no representative. 

Zone 5 – North Okanagan

Lana O’Brien, W.L. Seaton Secondary, Vernon 
Email: lobrien@sd22.bc.ca

Zone 6 – South Okanagan

Lori Grant, Princess Margaret Secondary, Penticton 
Email: lgrant@summer.com

Zone 7 – Rocky Mountains

Currently no representative. 

Zone 8 – Kootenays

Robyn Sheppard, L.V. Rogers Secondary, Nelson 
Email: rsheppard@sd8.bc.ca

Zone 9 – Upper Fraser Valley

Brian Billo, W.J. Mouat Secondary 
Email: Brian_Billo@sd34.bc.ca

Zone 10 – North Island

Christine Knight, Carihi Secondary, Campbell River 
Email: christine.knight@sd72.bc.ca

Zone 11 – South Island

Currently no representative. 

Zone 12 – Langley

Gordon Hamilton, Brookswood Secondary, Langley 
Email: ghamilton@sd35.bc.ca

Zone 13 – Surrey

Craig Wrotniak, North Surrey Secondary, Surrey 
Email: wrotniak_c@sd36.bc.ca

Zone 14 – TriCities

Coco Roberge, Charles Best Secondary, Coquitlam 
Email: nroberge@sd43.bc.ca

Zone 14B – Burnaby / New Westminster

Currently no representative. 

Zone 15 – North / West Vancouver

Currently no representative. 

Zone 16 – Vancouver

Meghan Byrne, Magee Secondary, Vancouver 
Email: mbyrne@vsb.bc.ca

Zone 17 – Delta

Leslie Stark, Burnsview Secondary, Delta 
Email: lstark@deltasd.bc.ca

Zone 18 – Richmond

Marco Soriano, McNair Secondary, Richmond 
Email: msoriano@sd38.bc.ca

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