Board Of Directors

Board of Directors: 2019-2020

The following is our Board of Directors, whose hard work and dedication to their craft, make Hamilton Theatre Inc. possible:



Richelle has been a member of Hamilton Theatre Inc. for the last 10 years and Chairwoman for 5. Richelle is a very active member of the community and takes pride in all she does. Not only is she known for her onstage credits all over the GTA, but, Richelle is a well-known director as well as our in-house Producer. This year Richelle was the recipient of a Top Ten spot, in the Hamilton Spectator Readers’ Choice Awards for ‘Theatre Instructor’. When not running the HTI Box Office, or making decisions to keep our theatre afloat; Richelle has her own Production Company, “Ripplz Effect”, where she produces Professional Musical Theatre with such titles as – “Smokey Joe's Café” (Hamilton Place) with the Original Broadway Cast and “Two Lost Worlds”, where she travelled to New York City to produce this workshop in order to sell it to Top Broadway Producers – see you at Tony Season.

Richelle, would like to thank the volunteers and all who donate to Hamilton Theatre Inc. This company has become our second home, without the generosity of our patrons we wouldn’t be able to provide “The Best of Broadway” – here is to another 60 years.


DUSTIN JODWAY – First Vice Chair & Studio Manager

Dustin has been involved with HTI for over 20 years! Last year Dustin received his long-awaited INKY Award and became a lifetime member. This is something Dustin holds dear to his heart. Dustin loves being on and off stage performing in over 20 productions and Directing 6 times. Dustin has also become HTI's resident Set Designer and loves bringing unexpected designs to our small and intimate setting. Dustin is the 2019 Hamilton Spectator's Readers Choice Diamond Winner for 'Best Theatre Instructor' and is so proud and honoured to receive this award. Thank you to all who voted. Dustin would also like to thank all HTI's dedicated volunteers and patrons, without you there is no us. Get your season subscriptions now, you don't want to miss out!


MONICA CAIRNEY – Second Vice Chair & Properties Manager

Monica Cairney has been active in Hamilton community theatre since 2007 when she graduated from McMaster University.  With almost 100 shows under her belt as an actor, stage manager, director, producer or assistant stage manager she has almost seen it all. She has been involved in productions at Dundas Little Theatre, The Player's Guild, Waterdown Theatre, Binbrook Little Theatre, Hammer Entertainment, The Hamilton Fringe Festival and McMaster University. When not directly involved in a production she helps build sets, gather props and helps with the technical aspects of the shows. When she isn't at HTI she can be found working as a supervisor at Starbucks, as coffee is her primary source of life fuel. Monica is currently serving her seventh year on the Board of Directors (sixth as Second Vice Chair) and is grateful to be a part of this amazing group of talented and passionate people.


RIANE LEONARD – Secretary & Social Media Manager

Riane first joined HTI in 2010 as a lighting board operator for Smokey Joe’s Cafe.  Over the years, she has steadily worked with the company in various crew and production team positions. Riane is a graduate of McMaster University’s Theatre & Film program and Mohawk College’s Event Coordinator program. She has worked on numerous productions at McMaster and with community theatre groups in Hamilton.  Riane is grateful for the many opportunities that HTI has granted her, including performing onstage in her first musical - HAIR.  A lifelong Hamiltonian, Riane is thrilled for the opportunity to use her passion for the arts and the Hamilton community to further the success and legacy of HTI.

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Emily Bolyea is an accomplished performer with a strong history of building community theatre.  After obtaining her honours degree in Dramatic Art and Communication Studies from the University of Windsor, Emily travelled to South Korea where she was featured on a series of children’s CDs and on an English Language television series.  She has represented Canada through the Canadian Chambre of Commerce, and was the lead-singer for a popular 80’s Funk Cover Band.  She has performed on an array of stages from Seoul to Muskoka.  Emily has been a member of the Board at Hamilton Theatre Inc. since 2016.  She is an active performer with a number of companies, including HTI, Theatre Ancaster, and in her living room for her two beautiful daughters, Pagé and Ava, who have already caught the music theatre bug performing in shows with both HTI and Theatre Ancaster.  She is proud to be a member of Hamilton’s oldest and most constant music theatre company!



Ed is an employment and human rights lawyer in Hamilton and has had a love for the theatre all his life.  He has appeared in a number of HTI shows over the years and truly values his theatre family.  Ed’s philosophy with respect to his theatre endeavours is to do it well but do it for the joy.  Luckily for him, Hamilton Theatre Inc. has always provided a creative space and lots of joy and he is thrilled to contribute as a member of our Board of Directors.

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Tim has over 4 decades in the entertainment field to the air as a talk show host, singer, actor, director and songwriter. He began his radio career in Simcoe  and moved on to stints in Kitchener, Welland, QRFM and CHSC in St. Catharines, Nashville TN and Traverse City, Michigan before returning to his home where he has been waking Niagara up for over 25 years.

As a theatre director, he has been at the helm of How To Succeed In Business, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Side By Side By Sondheim, Greetings, The Dinner Party, Toxic Avenger, Cry Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, TheTale of the Allergist's Wife and Jenny's House Of Joy for various theatres in Ontario. His acting credits include award winning roles in Victor/Victoria, Man Of La Mancha, Talley's Folly, Art, I Do I Do, The Secret Garden, Later Life, Misery, Prisoner Of Second Avenue, The Odd Couple and Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio. He is also a founding producer and director with the Lakeside Players in St. Catharines. As a recording artist his 1985 album “tim denis” featuring Shania Twain is still played on radio across Canada. He can be heard daily as the host of the morning show on 610 CKTB radio.



Dancing and performing since a young age, Bree has been honoured to work with many outstanding theatre groups across Southern Ontario.  In addition to being a member of the board, Bree currently directs & choreographs shows with HTI and surrounding theatre groups.  During the day she works in the exciting field of Government Regulations and Risk Management for TJX Canada.  Bree has been awarded honours for dance, acting and creative lighting over the years and is eternally grateful to her family & friends for their support.

Paddy Skinner


Paddy has been performing and helping to build sets for HTI since his debut there in the Full Monty. Paddy has been tired ever since... Please continue to support local theatre


KAREN RACHNER – Recording Secretary & Membership Coordinator

Karen has been an active member of HTI for the last 17 years. She has been our Recording Secretary for the past 9 years and membership for 7 years. She has been a script assistant for many shows including Falsettos, Suds, Blood Brothers, Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady and Once Upon a Mattress. She has also been stage manager for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sugar Babies and A Christmas Survival Guide. Karen is also an INKY winner. On top of all that Karen has ushered and helped with concessions.