Staff Directory 


David Nairn 

Artistic Director 

519-942-3423 ex. 2801

David Nairn is currently enjoying his 20th season as Artistic Director of YOUR theatre. He remains passionately dedicated to the creation, development and production of Canadian plays and musicals that enrich, entertain and deepen our understanding of ourselves as a community, as a people and as a nation. He has directed over 65 plays at Theatre Orangeville including the world premiere productions of The Last Christmas Turkey - The Musical, Sugar Road, The Gift of The Magi, On A First Name Basis, Baco Noir, ‘Twas, A Snow White Christmas, Norman Bray In The Performance Of His Life, Dear Santa, The Numbers Game and The Team On The Hill. David is a proud recipient of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.



Sharyn Ayliffe

General Manager

519-942-3423 ex. 2802

Sharyn has been with Theatre Orangeville for a decade now, first as Programs Manager and stepped into the role of General Manager in March of 2020.  A life-long resident of Orangeville, she is committed to the advancement of Theatre Orangeville as a leader of equity, acceptance, and inclusion in our community. She brings her exceptional passion for the transformative power of the performing arts to her approach in leadership and strives to foster this passion in staff, volunteers, community members and partners. She is very grateful for her outrageously supportive family, and is delighted to be living her very own happily ever after.



Teena Avery

Marketing Manager

519-942-3423 ext. 2804

Teena is a lady always on the go. From marketing to event planning, hosting a local cable TV talk show and Chair of the Dufferin Women in Business Committee. She loves meeting new people and working with so many outstanding individuals and organizations that make this community so great.

Working with Theatre Orangeville allows her to live in a world surrounded by so many incredible artists and to be a part of spreading the joy that that theatre brings. She is proud to be a part of the work that the theatre does that helps and inspires people of all ages, an organization that fosters inclusion. When she is not working she spends time with her family and friends, loves to dance and watch movies.



Colin Simmons

Graphic Design


Colin Simmons is an actor, singer and creator currently based in Toronto. A proud Theatre Ornageville Academy Alumni, he last appeared on the main stage in Little Women, and prior to that directed A Midsummer Night's Dream. He's excited to return to Theatre Orangeville in this new capacity.



Ingrid Watt

Development Manager

519-942-3423 ex. 2805

Ingrid brings over 25 years' experience in building and fostering partnerships with both corporate and community stakeholders, patrons and donors. She believes strongly in the significant role that the arts & culture plays in making our communites stong and strengthening the well-being of those who reside within them. She is passionate and determined and lives by the mantra "where there is a will there is a way". In her free time, her focus is her family and spending as much time outdoors as possible.


Kait Gallant

Programs Coordinator

519-942-3423 ex. 2803

Kait Gallant is an artist and facilitator based out of Dufferin County and has been curating her artistic practice for the past several years. As a graduate of York University, Kait is trained in devised theatre and community facilitation. She is passionate about education, environmental sustainability, and community/socially engaged art. Kait is elated to be joining the Theatre Orangeville team and give back to the community that helped grow her into the artist and person she is today!



Paula Stewart
Office Manager



Paula is thrilled to begin her fourteenth season with Theatre Orangeville as a stage manager and continue as the new office manager. Since graduating from the Ryerson Theatre School in 2009, she has been painting sets and stage managing performances across the province.

While some of her favourite theatre moments were right here on your stage, her best memory was being recognized in the local Freshco by a young patron. They had seen the Theatre Orangeville school touring show, Boys Girls and Other Mythological Creatures, and declared, "You're the dragon lady!"

Whether managing the tail of a dragon, the office, or the stage, Paula is incredibly excited to share these performances with you.



Kim Lawson

Financial Coordinator 

519-942-3423 ex. 2809

Kim has called Orangeville home for the majority of her life. She brings 15 years of accounting experience - specializing in Small Business and Not for Profits. While her education from York University focused on psychology, her career of choice rests in the realm of financial reporting.

Working with the Theatre brings a much appreciated creative energy to her day. If not doing the books for Theatre Orangeville, she is helping various companies meet their financial reporting obligations. When not adding up numbers, Kim fills her time with her husband, dog and kids and grandkids.


Beckie Morris

Production Manager 


Beckie Morris is a scenic designer and production manager with over 15 years’ experience in live events. Beckie is trained across many disciplines and departments ranging from hand crafting furniture to management of large scale events. Beckie lives in Orangeville with her beautiful family and epic collection of musical instruments.




Lisa Lahue

Technical Director


Lisa Lahue is a technical director, carpenter, painter and fabricator whose projects have been seen throughout North America and across the pond. Lisa is also experienced in managing large scale festivals and touring shows. Beyond her love for her craft, Lisa has a passion for student enrichment and education through the arts. 




Dan Palmieri

Assistant Technical Director 

519-942-3423 ex. 2807 

Daniel Palmieri is in his 3rd professional season here at Theatre Orangeville. With two years of experience as Opera House Technician, Dan has recently moved into the position of Assistant Technical Director. He is now closely involved with set construction and Sound design at the Theatre Orangeville shop. Dan has a background in Technical Production and freelances as an AV Technician in his spare time.



Sara May


Sara is a videographer and musician from Mono, On. Since graduating from Ryerson's Film Studies program in 2013, Sara has worked with a variety of small businesses, artists, and organizations to create captivating video content with honest story-telling at its core. She has performed across Canada and released four albums under her musical moniker, Falcon Jane.

Sara loves finding ways to calm her mind and relax: hiking, nordic skiing, cooking veggie food, writing, singing, and taking long baths. She has been working with Theatre Orangeville since 2020 and has totally reignited her deep love for Theatre!



Diane Bator

Box Office Manager/Group Sales Coordinator 

519-942-3423 ex. 2800

Diane Bator has become a familiar face around Orangeville over the past twelve years after working at several local businesses. She is a writer, storyteller, and artist her entire life which came in handy while raising her three sons. Since 2010, she has published six novels with two different publishers and was nominated for Established Artist of the Year at the 2016 Mayor's Breakfast for the Arts. She is very excited to join the Theatre Orangeville family and work with such passionate people.


Linda MacGregor

Tourism Officer/Box Office Representative

519-942-3423 ex. 2800

Linda has lived in Orangeville with her family for 43 years and has been volunteering at Theatre Orangeville from its inception. She has been involved musically in the community for many years and although she has never acted on the Theatre Orangeville stage she admires anyone who does and classifies  herself as a “wanna be”. It’s a pleasure for her to be a member of the Theatre Orangeville Family.



Sandra Kirouac 

Events/House Manager

Sandra in her Vegas days met the one and only Elvis! She loves spending time with family, grandkids and friends and enjoys the Theatre Orangeville scene!






Sharon O'Donovan 

House Manager 

Sharon has been involved with Theatre Orangeville for many, many years and is supportive of the Arts in all forms. Theatre and alternative movies are her passion!





Lynn Butler 

House Manager 

As a bush pilot, Lynn once flew the Minister of Natural Resources to view the largest forest fire in Ontario. These days, she reads, motorcycles and avoids fires.





Gail Ditchburn 

House Manager 

2019 is Gail’s 2nd year as one of the House Managers for Theatre Orangeville. She had worked for 30 years as an educator where she directed many school plays. Theatre is something she loves!! She also loves spending time with family and friends.




Susan Reynolds 

Tourism Coordinator/TOV Lobby Art Curator

Susan has been immersed in the arts all her life. The arts play a major role in her work and personal life. Theatre Orangeville gives people many opportunities to express themselves in many art forms. Susan loves to travel and spend time with family.




Julia Sarazin

Volunteer Coordinator

Julia Sarazin has been involved with Theatre Orangeville since, 1999 when she was on the Board of Directors. Julia was on the Victorian Christmas committee for a number of years and often organized  Opening Night receptions as well as the Spring Gala. She is now the Volunteer Coordinator, which involves organizing ushers for each of the Opera House events, coordinates posters to be distributed and coordinates our Volunteer Appreciation night in September.




























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