Executive Director – Deborah Forde

After 20 years in community development, in 1999, Deborah’s work led her to the practice of community arts, using studio and performance art as a tool for personal/professional development with young adults. This led to the study of Theatre for Development at Concordia.  Deborah’s directing credits include Vishesh Abeyratne’s Wake Butterfly, BTW YouthWorks’s Promise to the Sun and Perspectives: Montreal on Trial,  Rahul Varma’s State of Denial at the McCord, and Bryan James’s Terminal Terminal at the MAI, assistant director Michel et Ti Jean at the Centaur and associate director for Concordia’s Who/Nani/Qui. Deborah also has a long administrative history, and is currently Executive Director of the Quebec Drama Federation.

Events & Outreach Coordinator – Stephanie McKenna

Steph has been at QDF for 5 years. She is passionate about theatre and extremely happy to be working so closely with the Montreal theatre scene. Upon graduation from John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre program, she formed her own company that went on to produce 3 full length plays as well as several shorter plays for Centaur and Hudson Village Theatre’s Children’s Series. She has since worked with a number of Professional, Independent and community companies alike. Select credits include: Dr. Frank N Furtur in The Rocky Horror Show, MainLine Productions; Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Brave New Productions; Sylvia in Sylvia, Brave New Productions; Beethoven in 33 Variations, Brave New Productions; Carré rouge in Motherhouse, Centaur Productions.

Memberships & Volunteer Coordinator – Martin Law
Martin registers new members, organizes Hi! Team volunteers, and helps maintain strong and healthy relations with member companies. Martin is from Calgary, but has made Montreal his home. He is an actor, director, writer and producer and is a founder and long-standing part of Chocolate Moose Theatre Company. He also makes even weirder stuff through Theatre Sans Argent.

Communications and Marketing Coordinator – Max Mehran

Max has had the pleasure of working here at QDF since December 2016. He is thrilled to be part of this amazing team of artists who live the dream to work in theatre full-time. His role at QDF spans from writing the newsletter and articles for our blog to managing QDF’s digitial presence. He is also the Assistant Producer at d2 productions montréal, an independent theatre production company with a mandate to create a wide range of challenging and exciting productions that speak to the intelligence, soul, and imagination of Montreal’s English theatre community. He works with the company in both the producing and performing sides, as he is first and foremost and actor.

Marketing Assistant – Caleigh Crow
Caleigh is the newest member of the QDF team and is positively giddy to contribute to QDF Musings. In her hometown of Calgary, she founded a DIY-theatre company called Thumbs Up Good Work Theatre (THUGWork) where she was a producer, educator, playwright, director, actor, Jack-of-all-trades, master of none, etc. She packed up her 2007 Toyota Yaris with one husband, two cats, and all her earthly possessions and drove to Montreal to make her home here. She loves writing, music, theatre, and performing arts and looks forward to making her mark on the Montreal English-Language theatre scene & enjoying her first summer in Montreal.