Diane Llewelyn-Jones comes to Powerhouse with a life-long love of theatre and theatrical pursuits. It has been her privilege to work in Canada and the United States with theatre companies whose focus ranged from community engagement to summer stock entertainment to Theatre for Young Audiences to solely new works. She is a director, choreographer, actor, writer, vocalist, instructor, and administrator. Her stage, film, and educational highlights include outdoor performances in national parks, touring retirement communities, choreographing horses and mules, working with schools, Wee Theatre joys and collaborating with symphonies. She can’t wait to see what new adventures await in our well established Powerhouse of a theatre!
Sarah (Scotty) McleanVP Productions
Sarah joined the theatre in 1964 and has been involved ever since. She worked alongside Doug Huggins and Paddy Malcolm English learning from their expertise. She has served on the Powerhouse Board for many years.
Sarah as acted in several productions, winning three best actor awards at Mainstage festivals, as well as a Best Set Designer award.
A play she directed won best play in Canada and performed at an international Festival in Monaco. She was presented with the prestigious Eric Hamber Trophy in 2011, and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee 60th medal in 2012.
Cara NunnVP Facilities
Cara Nunn joined Powerhouse Theatre in 2011 when she joined the team of Rabbit Hole. She has since worked on many productions in a variety of positions from light operator, props, light design, set design, set construction, acting, directing and playwright. She has built a variety of buildings on her farm and is always game to try her hand at plumbing, electrical and general fixing. This makes her a good person for this job as there is always something going on behind the scenes of this historied building.
Richard Kerton is a lifetime member of Courtenay Little Theatre Society and a member of Powerhouse Theatre Society. He has worked in productions for over 40 plays and produced close to 18 of those. He has a BBA in Business Admin Marketing, and managed a Co-op retail in Courtenay for over 25 years. He has worked on productions from a shoestring budget of a few thousand dollars to those of over $40,000. Richard is well known for his treasury duties to the zones and clubs. He has always brought to the table the need for a show to sell well and be recognized in the community as the “go to” event.
I offer over 15 years of administrative assistant experience to Powerhouse, including as a recording secretary. I became a member of Powerhouse a year ago and brought with me my love of theatre and performing arts. Prior to moving to Vernon, I belonged to a small community theatre group in Northern Alberta for 13 years. During my time there, I sourced the plays, created costumes, assisted in set design, performed, and assisted in directing for our annual dinner theatre productions. It would be a privilege to share my experience with Powerhouse.
Jeff KirkhamDirector of Marketing
As a vocalist, actor, and technician, Jeff has been involved in theatre and performance for many years. Audiences in Vernon have benefited from his enthusiastic contributions to the O’Keefe Ranch’s productions of A Christmas Carol, Vermin in Vernon, and Venom in the Valley as well as performances in Powerhouse Theatre’s successful productions of Miracle on 34th Street and The Mousetrap. Jeff comes from a technical background working in the Audio/Visual industry. He is excited to bring his enthusiasm and expertise to the Powerhouse Theatre.
Lesley McCoyDirector at Large
Lesley has been a member of Powerhouse theatre since 1997, her first production was Aladdin where she worked with Scotty on set decor. From there she being involved in several productions as stage manager, assistant stage manager, admin and technical producer, light and sound board operator and front of House manager. She currently sits on the Board of Directors as a Director at Large and manages Membership, and has just served two years as Board secretary. She continues to love live theatre—her favourite part so far is seeing the playwright’s words come to life. Her roles at Powerhouse so far have been backstage and administrative, but has been on stage with other production companies and plans to step out into the light in the future!
Emily MacArthurDirector at Large
Emily grew up in Vernon, B.C., and has been involved in the Powerhouse Theatre since her first performance in Aladdin in 1999. Since then, she obtained a B.F.A in theatre from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Laws at McGill. She is currently a lawyer at Nixon Wenger LLP, and stays involved in theatre in the community whenever she can, including Powerhouse Theatre, Kelowna Actors Studio, Big Apple Productions, and Virago Collective. She is also a board member of the Caravan Farm Theatre and Vernon Bar Association.
Dave EllacottDirector at Large
As a retiree, I want to creatively give back to the community. I would like to make available my Project Management expertise including General Management (budget, resources, plans, presentations, lectures and instruction), and Marketing and Publishing knowledge. I am computer literate. Additionally, I have experience in television production, camera, lighting, switching, audio and directing. I have a strong desire to be involved with the selection, planning and development of productions and to gravitate towards my love of on-stage activities.
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