Board of Directors
Northumberland Players has been a thriving community theatre for 40 years. The directors are willing and committed individuals who participate in the decision-making and share responsibilities for the on-going management of a company with 100 members and 300 volunteers. That’s what makes us great and enables us to produce 9 or 10 successful productions each year in 3 venues in Northumberland County, Ontario.
Directors attend monthly Board meetings where decisions are made, submit monthly reports, keep up to date by reading the reports of other directors, and take on one of the responsibilities according to their interests, skills, and/or desire to learn. Some directors serve for one term, but others return for multiple terms. The By-Law was amended in 2016 to provide two-year terms with half of the directors being elected each year to ensure continuity. Managing the Players is a big responsibility and a lot of work.
To find out how a member can be nominated and elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the next term, watch for the notice of the next Annual General Meeting which will be held in November, 2017.
Portfolios of the Board of Directors
The “portfolios” change according to our needs, but currently include:
• oversees the administration of the Players and its business and chairs meetings.
• provides back-up for the president and oversees policies, nominations, health and safety, etc.
• develops and manages budget, pays bills, reviews contracts, manages all financial aspects of Players.
• keeps minutes and motions, keeps all files and correspondence.
• chairs play selection committee, negotiates for performance rights, recruits directors, and presents new season for approval.
Director of Productions:
• works with artistic director, provides guidance and continuity for producers, and liases with venues.
Membership, Volunteers, and Communications Director:
• recruits members and volunteers, facilitates their involvement in the Players’ activities, and sends out eBlasts! to keep everyone up to date.
Physical Plant (i.e. buildings) Director:
• oversees volunteer building managers for maintenance of the Firehall, Costume House and Third Space and ensures that Players meet all regulations.
• develops and manages a marketing plan for the Players, assists producers with their marketing, and oversees social media volunteers.
Sponsorship and Fundraising Director:
• develops sponsorship goals and obtains sponsors for season productions and special events.
• maintains archives, manages the office, and identifies fundraising opportunities such as grants.
Members of the Board of Directors may be contacted by leaving a message at 905-372-0577 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Current Board of Directors for 2016-2017
Jack Boyagian – President and Artistic Director
I am a proud member of the Northumberland Players. I am the longest standing member of the Board of directors and have been President on two occasions. I enjoy being involved in making decisions with a group of dedicated people who love theatre and enjoy contributing to the culture of Cobourg.
After attending The University of Western Ontario, Brock University and Queen’s University, I taught elementary school for four years and taught at East Northumberland Secondary School for 27 years. I was the Head of English and taught art and drama as well. I was actively involved in coaching basketball and track and field for my entire career. I enjoyed running a theatre club before I retired in 2014.
I have directed a couple dozen plays at the Secondary School level and for the Northumberland Players including two musicals. When I don’t direct I enjoy being on stage in dramas and musicals. I learn something new about directing every time I am on stage and something new about acting each time I direct.
I am blessed to be in the same household as my talented choreographer and teacher Alina Adjemian and my daughter Alexia who can’t get enough of musical theatre and acting. I am fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most passionate and creative people in the community: so fortunate to call them my friends. Theatre has enriched my life in this town. I hope to continue to enrich lives through theatre.
Matt Kowalyk – Vice-President and Executive Producer
I’ve been fortunate enough to relight my passion for theatre through the Northumberland Players over the last three years as both an actor and director. I’ve assisted with taking down stages as well as front of house and find all roles in the Players rewarding which is why I wanted to sit on the board. In my other life I work as a Business Analyst focusing on continuous process improvement using Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. I hope I can bring this experience to the Players in a positive way. My motivation for joining the board is simple; I wish to learn about the other side of the theatre world as well as give back to the community and theatre that has given me so much. I look forward to the challenge and yet another brilliant opportunity the Players has given me.
Anne-Marie Bouthillette – Treasurer
This is my 8th consecutive season of being involved with the Players. It all started with my first role, as a “tribe” member (chorus ensemble) in Hair, and the revelation that the amazing productions I had seen and heard about were actually put on by members of my community! After that I was hooked, and there was a succession of roles – whether on stage, backstage or, at times, both: actor, stage manager, producer, lighting and sound operator, front-of-house, dresser… I enjoy all aspects of it! And joining the Board of Directors was a logical next step. I have over ten years’ experience leading community-based not-for-profit agencies, and have served on various Boards, including, locally, with Cook’s School Daycare in Cobourg. Professionally, I am a Supervisor with the Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society, and have made a career of helping families and women, through social work and community development. I believe I have a broad set of skills to bring to the table, and am looking forward to working with this strong team, and sharing my passion for live theatre and community.
Marley Soutter – Secretary
Claire is a parent of 4 children, two now adults. She is a 33 year veteran of the Ontario Public Service and is currently working full time as a Contact Center Agent in Peterborough for the Ministry of Government Services.
Originally Claire was a member of Domino Theatre in Kingston for over 10 yrs, and during that time served on their board for two terms. She also worked with a fabulous group of artists in a dinner theatre company called Partners in Crime. She came to Northumberland Players as an actress in 1995 playing a Society Lady in The Music Man. In 2012 she joined the NP Board of Director, served as secretary for several years, and is serving her 4th term. Claire was also an executive board member and Regional Vice President for OPSEU for 6 yrs and brings with her knowledge on meeting procedures, policies and motions.
Claire has been in love with the theater since high school and has performed in just about all genres from drama to comedy, musicals and Murder Mysteries. And during her younger days, when she couldn’t perform, she worked back stage assisting with Stage Managing, props, set dressing and producing.
Maureen Holloway – Marketing
I have been a member of Northumberland Players for ten years. I have been a costume designer, stage manager for several plays, sound operator, and producer, and even had 4 lones in Macbeth. I recently produced and designed the set for Twelfth Night. I am a retired secondary school teacher, grandmother, world traveller, and quilter. While I was a teacher, I was also a curriculum writer for the Toronto District School Board and for the Ontario Ministry of Education and an author of three textbooks. I applied the skills developed in those roles to developing the Production Handbook for Northumberland Players. I wanted to be on the Board for Northumberland Players so that I could participate in providing rewarding opportunities for our volunteers while we entertain our loyal audiences. I have served for three years, first with responsibility for physical plant, including the design and installation of the kitchen and the Second Street entrance, and then for marketing. I am also the current webmaster.
Jody is the mom of 3 very active children aged 10 – 15 (Kyra, Kaleb & Karson). When she is not playing taxi-mom to them she is doing a wide variety of things in the local community. Jody spends her “free” time volunteering as a coach with the Cobourg Soccer Club, assisting on the Parent/Student Councils, going on school trips, fundraising and helping in the classrooms at Dale Rd PS and Camborne PS. You can find Jody on the soccer pitch & turf playing with the Ladies in the Cobourg Sunday Night Soccer League or on the ice with the East Lakeshore Ladies Broomball League on Monday nights in Colborne. She has been involved with The Northumberland Players on and off since the age of 15. This season Jody was/is involved with Harvey, Macbeth, Boeing, Boeing and The Secret Garden. When she is not coaching the kids, volunteering in the schools, bruising herself with athletics, and volunteering on the stage you will find her wearing her Real Estate hat helping her clients navigate their way through purchase & sale agreements, sitting at the Board of Directors table for Northumberland Hills Association of Realtors (NHAR), sitting on varies committees for NHAR, doing the accounting for her business (Northumberland Hills Realty Inc.) or her husbands’ (Justin Holland) businesses or sitting in a classroom/lecture hall/conference space expanding her knowledge of all things related to real estate, coaching and leadership.
Jessica Outram – Membership and Volunteers
I am thrilled to be part of the Northumberland Players. For over 30 years, I’ve been involved in all types of theatre: professional, community, musicals, dramas, Shakespeare, indoors and outdoors. Community theatre is best of all. I enjoy acting, singing, and directing. I am also a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada. Before becoming a principal with KPRDSB, I taught high school English and Drama. Every season I try to attend all the plays and workshops in the region. My first production with NP was as a Dreamer in “The Secret Garden.” I feel blessed to direct my play “Once Upon a Rocking Chair” for NP 40th season. As a writer, theatre geek, technology adventurer, and educator I hope to support the good work NP is doing. I am excited about working with such a dedicated team of volunteers.
The 2016 Annual General Meeting
The 2016 AGM was held on November 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Firehall.
1. The following annual reports from the 2016 Directors were submitted:
• Annual President Report 2016 – Jack Boyagian
• Annual Vice-President Report 2016 – Leslee Argue
• Annual Report 2016 – Secretary – Claire Rowett
• annual-marketing-report-2016 – Maureen Holloway
• annual-membership-and-volunteers-report-2016– Laura Garton
2. By-Law #3 was amended by a 2/3 majority as required, to change the term of office one year to two years, with one half of the Directors to be elected each year.
3. As there were no further nominations, the Players welcomed 11 members of the Board of Directors who were acclaimed for 2017:
President : Jack Boyagian
Vice-President: Matt Kowalyk
Treasurer: Garth Holloway
Secretary: Claire Rowett