Board of Directors
Northumberland Players has been a thriving community theatre for 41 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 over 300 volunteers. That’s what makes us great and enables us to produce many successful productions each year in several 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 but it is also an excellent opportunity to determine where the company will be going in the future.
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 2017-2018
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 Director of Productions
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
Marley Soutter first appeared with Northumberland Players as a teenager and was involved in the Youth Theatre program. Recently, she has appeared in Les Misérables, The Secret Garden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, and Proof. Marley enjoys working behind the scenes including producing. When not on stage or behind, Marley is a quality improvement and healthcare system design specialist who is responsible for implementing and managing complex initiatives aimed at improving the experience of residents throughout Northumberland County. Marley is eager to bring those skills to the Northumberland Players’ Board and maintain the company’s reputation as a high functioning, respected group.
For the past two years the Northumberland Players have become a large part of my weekly activities. Most Monday mornings I can be found at the Costume House lending my sewing skills and learning where everything is kept. Last year, my husband, Mike Sonosky and I worked on A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol show where I discovered that props and sound effects were so much fun to create. This summer was a total immersion in The 39 Steps. The 2017/18 season has continued with my contribution to props and/or costumes for most of the productions. Prior to our retirement to Grafton five years ago, I was a Human Resources professional and in the last ten years I was an Office Manager in charitable organizations. I hold a post-graduate certificate in not-for-profit and arts sector management. My other commitments in Northumberland include hospice volunteering and Secretary to the Board of the Grafton Community Centre. I knit, sew, make jewellery, scuba dive, sail and ride my bike around the area
I began my involvement in community theatre some years ago as publicity director for Stratford Musical Theatre, a company co-founded by my husband Jim. Then life got real busy being a wife and mother to Catherine and Scott while teaching secondary school full time. When that glorious time of life approached . . . retirement, I wanted to volunteer any way I could in our new home of Cobourg. I took on the roles of dresser, assistant stage manager and costumer for three VOS productions, A Christmas Carol, On the Rooftop, and Spamalot. Then three years ago, along with Jim, I found a new home in Northumberland Players and haven’t looked back since. I have happily spent many hours costuming four shows now – Boeing Boeing, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, Quartet, and the upcoming A Comedy of Tenors. I have also volunteered my time at the Costume House on occasion as well as helping in the general office keeping the finances in order. Aside from that I am a proud grandmother to Hazel and Anna, an avid reader, a walker (I often run into NP people on my route) a scrapbooking geek and a yoga enthusiast. I so look forward to continuing my involvement with Northumberland Players as a board member and see where that takes me. What a privilege.
Maureen Holloway – Membership and Volunteers
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 lines in Macbeth. I recently produced and designed the set for Twelfth Night. I am a retired secondary school teacher, mother to two daughters, grandmother to five children, world traveller, and quilt artist. 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 four years, first with responsibility for physical plant, including the design and installation of the kitchen and the Second Street entrance, then for marketing. I am now responsible for memberships and volunteers. 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 – Marketing
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.
Evan Soutter is a relative newcomer to Northumberland Players. He first appeared onstage in Jesus Christ Superstar and caught the theatre “bug.” Since then, he has appeared in Les Misérables, The Secret Garden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, and Proof. When he is not onstage, you can find him participating as a crew member designing and running lights and sound. Evan works in plastics manufacturing and is passionate about making the Northumberland Players an inclusive community that allows individuals to discover and maintain their talents.
I am the newbie to the Northumberland Players, my first show being sound design for Quartet. I have spent my whole professional life in some aspect of technical entertainment. My early days as a sound designer for Festival Lennoxville, Toronto Workshop Productions, and the Shaw Festival. From there to a technical director for Harbourfront Centre and twenty years at the Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre (LAC). I also spend a few years working for Strand Lighting Canada as a sales rep.I have had the opportunity to work on thousands of events, shows and performance venues over the years. Every day is different and there is something electrifying about the industry, the people, the challenges and the ever changing technology.I have lived in Port Hope for just over twenty years and have volunteered as production manager for the All Canadian Jazz Festival and am a founding member of Northumberland 89.7. I am also a founding member of the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology (CITT), and treasurer of the Ontario Section. I love working in the arts and being part of the creative process. I have a huge respect for creative people. I am very recently retired from the LAC and look forward to spending more time in Northumberland and with my wife.
Report on the 2017 Annual General Meeting
The 2017 AGM was held on December 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Firehall.
1. The following annual reports from the 2017 Directors were submitted:
• Annual President Report 2017 – Jack Boyagian
• Annual Vice-President Report 2017 – Matt Kowalyk
• Annual Marketing Report 2017 – Jessica Outram
• Annual Membership and Volunteers Report 2017- Maureen Holloway
• Annual Youth Program Report 2017 – Jody Ledgerwood
2. As there were no further nominations, the Players welcomed 11 members of the Board of Directors who were acclaimed for 2017-2018:
President – Jack Boyagian
Vice President – Matt Kowalyk
Treasurer – Anne-Marie Bouthillette
Secretary – Marley Budreau