Kelly Thornton, Artistic Director is an award-winning director and dramaturg. Kelly has been the Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre since 2001 where her work has received wide acclaim and toured nationally and internationally. Directing credits at Nightwood include Free Outgoing, The Penelopiad, Between the Sheets, The Happy Woman; as well as The List, That Face, Wild Dogs (all produced in association with Canadian Stage); The Danish Play (Aveny-Teatret, Copenhagen; Magnetic North Theatre Festival; National Arts Centre), Bear With Me (Magnetic North), Mathilde, and China Doll. Other selected credits include The Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage); and This Hotel (Theatre Passe Muraille/Planet 88, Dora nomination Outstanding Direction). Kelly has been honoured with a Pauline McGibbon Award for her exemplary work as a director, was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre in 2010, and was recognized for her commitment to the training and mentorship of young women in the performing arts by being named a 2008 YWCA Women of Distinction.
Beth Brown, Managing Director has worked in theatre as a Stage Manager, Technical Director and Production Manager for various theatre companies in Ontario, overseeing a multitude of productions including national and international tours. Beth was appointed General Manager of Theatre Direct in 2010 after overseeing Theatre Direct’s creation of a fully equipped theatre and education space in the Artscape Wychwood Barns. As General Manager for Theatre Direct, Beth has supported many award winning productions including Binti’s Journey adapted by Marcia Johnson from the novel The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis, Sanctuary Song by Abigail Richardson-Schulte and Marjorie Chan, Old Man and the River by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones and most recently Theatre Direct’s inaugural WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years. Beth sits on various committees for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre (PACT) including the Finance and Labour Committees and is a Board Member for Eldritch Theatre Company. She is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada.