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A Message from the President

Scott Shakir, President and Board Chair of Port Stanley Festival Theatre
Scott Shakir, President and Board Chair

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre website. I hope that your navigation of our site is both easy and informative, as you learn more about our engaging theatre.

We are fortunate to have many live theatre venues in Southwestern Ontario; the fact that you landed on our site is sincerely appreciated. We believe that we offer exceptional value for the quality of productions that grace our stage. It takes a motivated team to produce captivating shows each summer season and I believe that their efforts are rewarded by appreciative audiences.

If you are visiting at a time other than summer, you will notice a variety of musical productions that occur on our stage in the Grace Auditorium. Thinking of renting some space for a family gathering, staff party, wedding, or other special occasion? Our Palmer Room and the Pat and Ali Shakir Patio offer tremendous views of the harbour, and our licensed bar is at your service.

We truly are a year-round destination and we value the relationships that have been forged with local businesses, restaurants, and other tourist sites. Come for a show and experience the village atmosphere at its finest!

Enjoy the Summer! Come Play By The Lake!

Scott Shakir
President and Board Chair, Port Stanley Festival Theatre


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 13, 2018, and the board meeting held immediately afterwards, the following officers and directors for 2019 were elected:

Executive Team – Scott Shakir (President); Kingsley Snelgrove (Vice-president); Mary-Beth Furanna (Secretary/Compliance); Sharon Herrin (Treasurer); Brian Welsh (Past President)

Directors – Heather Vedova, Michael MacVittie, Bob Low and Roberto Quai


Office Staff

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

Theatre ManagerNatasha Newby – 519-782-3914 natasha@psft.ca 

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

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

Box Office Manager –  Jayne Gravel – 519-782-4353  jayne@psft.ca