Our People

A Message from the President

Welcome to our Port Stanley Festival Theatre website!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I hope you find navigation of our site easy and informative as you learn more about our theatre and services.

We are fortunate to have many live theatre venues in Southwestern Ontario; and very much appreciate your interest in our theatre. We offer exceptional value and quality productions on our stage. This year, we are eager to entertain you with a great line up of theatre which includes one world premiere production.

During the off season, we have a variety of musical productions on stage in the Grace Auditorium. Also, the Palmer Room and Pat and Ali Shakir Patio, have fabulous views of the harbour, making them the perfect location for your next family celebration, staff party, milestone birthday, wedding, or any other special occasion. Our licensed bar is available at your service.

We truly are a year-round destination and we value the relationships we have developed with our businesses and restaurants within the village, and with other tourist sites.

Enjoy your summer and please join us at the theatre here in beautiful Port Stanley.


Wendy Cowie

President and Board Chair, Port Stanley Festival Theatre

Our Vision Statement: Port Stanley Festival Theatre is a developer of professional, live, diverse Canadian theatre. We enhance the community experience.

Board of Directors

Port Stanley Festival Theatre is a not-for-profit Ontario corporation, managed by a Board of Directors elected by the members of the organization at the Annual General Meeting.

At the AGM held on December 8, 2022, and the board meeting held immediately afterwards, the following officers and directors for 2023 were elected:

Executive Team – Wendy Cowie (President);  (Vice-president), Michele Horton (Secretary), Dave MacDonald (Treasurer)

Directors – Colleen Row, Lorelei Gloor, Sandi Hammond, Joy Jackson, Kathy McNeil, Kingsley Snelgrove


Office Staff

Artistic DirectorSimon Joynes519-782-3914 simon@psft.ca 

Associate Artistic Director – Liz Gilroy519-782-3914 liz@psft.ca

Theatre  ManagerTony Sclafani – 519-782-3914 tony@psft.ca 

Production  ManagerJoe Recchia – 519-782-3914 joe@psft.ca 

MarketingDenise Lunn – 519-782-3914 denise@psft.ca 

Box Office Manager –  Natalie Hartley – 519-782-4353  natalie@psft.ca