Board of Directors

Thank you to the following individuals who volunteer their time and resources to TheatreOne.


President - Wendy Smitka

Vice-President - Judith Gibson

Until she retired Judith ran a small consulting company, working with public and private sector organizations as a facilitator, speaker and workshop leader and managing an executive forum for university leaders across the country, on behalf of The Conference Board of Canada. Before this, as a Principal Research Associate with the Conference Board, she conducted research, facilitated executive networks and led executive study tours in leadership, innovation and organizational effectiveness, writing extensively on these and related issues. Before joining the Conference Board she worked for a number of federal departments and agencies, in communications, program management, policy analysis and executive development.

Judith is secretary to the Board of TheatreOne, which she has belonged to for six years, and is .a past member of the Board of Directors of the dIVA Foundation. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration, is a certified Myers Briggs administrator, and has done extensive training in facilitation.

Treasurer - Cathy Watts

Secretary - Sharon Redmond

Director - Rhonda Atlas-Snell

Director - Ian Burnett

Ian has been on the board of TheatreOne for seven years. He retired five years ago from Island Hearing (now Connect Hearing) after twenty four years as an office manager and hearing instrument specialist. Prior to this he worked as a child-care worker, then skipper of commercial salmon trollers. A former sub-three hour marathoner, he also has a little acting experience, is a would-be writer, and an avid hiker and kayaker.  He has a strong interest in personal development and is always learning. He has two successful grown children and two grandchildren aged two and seventeen.

Director - Leonie Gardner

Leonie Gardner has had a wide and varied career in the Arts in England and Canada, as an actress on stage, in film & television and as a stage director. She has conducted numerous seminars and workshops in voice and acting for universities, colleges, schools, theatre companies, corporations and for individuals. She also held the position of Professor in voice & acting in the theatre department of the University of Ottawa. She was founder and artistic director of Stage Studio Ottawa whose mandate was to showcase new plays and emerging talent.

Her extensive knowledge of theatre and the business industry led her to open Image Development Services delivering acting and vocal based skills to business executives, politicians and teachers. In this capacity she has given workshops at Algonquin College, Carleton University, government departments, private Institutions and corporations. In 1999 she was named Woman of Influence in the Nation’s Capital by Ottawa Life magazine for her success in operating her company First Stage Talent Agency.

Leonie has served on numerous boards including The Ottawa Little Theatre and OHFTA (the Ottawa Hull Film & Television Association) The Key City Theatre and The Nanaimo Arts Council. She was director of The National Canadian One Act Playwriting Competition and she has served on award jury panels for ACTRA, the City of Ottawa Cultural Assistance Program, the Ottawa Arts Funding Program and C.C.T.V. Galaxi Pay TV & Specialty Awards.

Leonie graduated from The Birmingham School of Speech & Drama, with a degree in drama & speech. She later went on to receive a degree in ‘theatre in education’ from Kings Alfred College.

Since moving to Nanaimo in 2004 she has conducted voice workshops for Theatre BC’s Mainstage 05, and participated in numerous staged readings at the Theatre Centre on Gabriola Island under the direction of Antony Holland and for TheatreOne Emerging Voices. In June of 2013 she directed Same Time Next Year which was presented at the Yacht Club, Nanaimo as a joint fund raiser for TheatreOne and the Rotary Club of Nanaimo North. She presently sits on the board of TheatreOne.

Director - Julian Smither

Julian was born and educated in England and started his career with the BBC in film and television production. Julian arrived in Canada in 1968 and worked for the CBC in Toronto, as a TV Director and TV Producer. Moving West in 1973 he became Director of Television with the Alberta Access TV Network.

In 1985 he joined The Image Works Alberta Inc. (Edmonton) as their Vice-President. While in Alberta he was on the board of both the Alberta Recording Industry Association and the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association.

In 2006 he retired to Nanaimo, and in 2008 he joined the Centre for the Arts Nanaimo (CAN) as a Board Member. In 2013 he was re-elected for a further two years.

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