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 – David Noël
David is happy to be working at QDF for the summer! He is a bilingual actor, singer, and translator who last year received a META nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance – Actor for his portrayal of Sybil in Hudson Village Theatre’s production of Private Lives. In the same year, he also worked with Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal in Captain Aurora II: A New Dawn (Green Zinger) and A Song of Fiction (Aaron). Other professional stage credits include Les Misérables (Gavroche), Peter Pan (John), and Sweeney Todd (Tobias). TV/Film credits include 19-2, Catastrophe, The Torrent, and Zoe. However, he is mostly recognized for his recurring roles in 30 vies, Toi et moi, and, currently, O’.
Caleigh is the newly appointed department coordinator and she is pleased to be taking on new responsibilities, while still positively giddy to contribute to QDF Musings. In her hometown of Calgary, she founded a DIY-theatre company called Thumbs Up Good Work Theatre 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.