Playwright, Norm Foster
Norm Foster has been the most produced playwright in Canada every year for the past twenty years. His plays receive an average of one hundred and fifty productions annually making him, by far, the most produced playwright in the history of his country. Born in Newmarket, Ontario on St. Valentine's Day and raised in Toronto, Norm attended West Hill Collegiate Institute and then went on to study Radio & Television Arts at Centennial College in Toronto and then Confederation College in Thunder Bay
Co-Director, Kay Valentine
Kay has been involved in community theatre for nearly 40 years. In that time she has acted, directed, produced, stage-managed and anything else non-technical that was needed. She was a founding member of South Shore Little Theatre and The Old Town Hall Players. Some of her favorite roles were on this stage: Ouiser in Steel Magnolias, Magda in The Night of January 16th. and Abby in Arsenic and Old Lace. Presently she is a member of The Newmarket Stage Company and The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill
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Phil Dionne Co-Director & Bob
Phil Dionne has been on the stage in York Region for 35 years. He has appeared in dramas, comedies and musicals over that time. Many people would have seen his performances for The Old Town Hall Players, Newmarket Stage Company and The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill, but a special place in his heart will always be reserved for Theatre on Main and the productions he produced, directed and performed there with Ross and Jacque Bailey.
Victoria Curran as Barb
Last on stage in Newmarket for The Vagina Monologues, Victoria’s recent productions include The River Flows Both Ways at Alumnae, Homechild and Willow Quartet at The Curtain Club.
Wesley Chalmers as Miles
Wesley is an emerging actor from York Region who recently appeared in the critically acclaimed Markham Little Theatre's production of Bedroom Farce, as Trevor. He is thrilled to work with such an experienced cast and director.
Bethany Heemskerk as Lacy
Classically trained from the University of Victoria, Bethany has acted in over twenty plays from Shakespeare to Thornton Wilder (including "Our Town" as Emily Webb)
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Festival Volunteers


Interested in Theatre but not as an actor, playwright, or director? The Very Useful Theatre Company is seeking Volunteers to support the third annual One-Act Play Festival.  Let us know how much time you have, we are seeking all levels of support, a few hours once or a full Festival support position.

No experience necessary!

We support High School Volunteer hours as well.


 “We would like acknowledge that the Town of Newmarket is located over lands originally used and occupied by the First Peoples of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples and thank them for sharing this land. We would also like to acknowledge the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation as our close neighbour and friend, one that we strive to build a co-operative and respectful relationship with”.

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