Production Team

Executive Producer, Program/ Ticketing

 

A resident of Collingwood since 1974, Monica enjoyed a 34-year teaching career at Collingwood Collegiate, where she taught English and was Head of Library. She raised 3 children in this community and is now the proud grandmother of 6. Serving the community through volunteer work has always been important to her. Over the decades she has been a Cub leader, CPL trustee, and dog rescue organizer. After retirement in 2008, she got involved in Collingwood’s theatre scene and still volunteers for Theatre Collingwood. In 2010, she auditioned for the first Gaslight Tour. After 3 years of acting roles, she joined the Production Team. She also participated in Dan Needles’ scene-writing course and enjoyed seeing her work come to life on stage. Monica was Executive Producer between 2016 and 2019.

Past Executive Producer

 

Laurie-May-New Executive Producer for 2020

Laurie May has been a proud member of Gaslight Community Theatre for many years. She has been involved as a workshop participant, actor, writer, director, and stage manager, and she has also served on the Board of Directors. Laurie has been a loyal participant in the Page to Stage course led by Dan Needles. Two of the scenes that she wrote were performed at the annual Four Scenes & a Cup of Tea event. Laurie has also enjoyed being part of the annual Gaslight Tour, both as a Guide and later as Guide Director, responsible for researching and writing the Guide speeches. Laurie also assisted in the production of Gaslight’s first full-length play, Marion Bridge. She attended rehearsals as the Script/Blocking Assistant and later took over as Stage Manager. Laurie has developed a deep respect for the vast amount of preparation and organization behind community theatre productions. She is thankful for the friendships she has made…and she is very grateful for the audience members who attend the performances, year after year.

Page-to-Stage Producer, Playwriting course facilitator

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Dawn has been involved with the Gaslight family since 2013 when the first play she wrote, “The Coffee Break”, was produced for the Tour. The plays for Gaslight involve an interesting mix of historical research and creative writing in order to bring the local history of Collingwood to a theatrical stage. Since that time, and many plays later, Dawn has brought her play writing experience to guide and encourage the other writers for the Tour as producer and one of the instructors for the Page to Stage “Gaslight Writing Experience”.

Page-to-Stage Producer, Playwriting course facilitator, Grant Writer & Production Assistant

 

Janet has been a member of Gaslight Community Theatre since 2016 when she first volunteered as stage manager for one of the Gaslight Tour plays and found herself captivated by the process of bringing compelling local stories to the stage. Since that time, she has continued to volunteer as a stage manager and has participated in the Page to Stage scene- and play-writing courses. Four of her short original scenes have been selected for performance at annual 4 Scenes & a Cup of Tea events, and five of her longer plays have been produced during autumn Gaslight Tours. In 2021 Janet became the producer of the Page to Stage scene-writing course taught by Dan
Needles.

Janet also devotes time to writing prose. In the spring of 2018, her short story, “Breathless” won second prize in the Toronto Star’s prestigious Short Story Contest. More recently, one of her stories was shortlisted in Flash Fiction Magazine’s 2024 contest.

Social Media Coordinator/ Website editor, Secretary

 

Chelsea is our social media guru, website editor, and Secretary. You may have noticed how she has improved our FB and IG posts by using her creative flair. We appreciate the time and talent that she is sharing with us, as she is a very busy Mom of two, a Special Education Resource Teacher in the Elementary panel, a Singer in a local band duo called ‘goldenhour’ & an Actor. Chelsea went to Queen’s University majoring in Theatre and loves any opportunity she gets to put her creativity into action! Chelsea’s Gaslight’s credits include: Playing the role of Emma Atchinson in “The Welding Winnies” in the 2013 Gaslight Tour, and she also played the Rocker’s wife in “The Backstage Pass” in the 2023, 4 Scenes & a Cup of Tea performance. Chelsea hopes to become a director in the upcoming 2024 Gaslight tour. 

 

Treasurer, Sponsorship Coordinator

 

Susan owns a local accounting/bookkeeping business in Collingwood. She has lived in Collingwood for the past 28 years. Susan leads 2-3 hikes per week in her hiking group “Georgian Triangle Hikers” which she developed 14 years ago. Susan played the role of Lulu Burdette in “Legacy” in the 2019 Gaslight Tour, and she played the role of Elizabeth Telfer in “Firebug” in the 2022 Gaslight Tour. Susan was awarded the prestigious Order of Collingwood for 2023 for her extensive volunteerism with many organizations in the Town of Collingwood.

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