About the Festival

Festival Players of Prince Edward County produces a yearly festival of high-calibre professional theatre in a rural setting. We produce an entirely Canadian season of plays, new works as well as those from the repertoire of outstanding previously produced work.
Festival Players of Prince Edward County was formed in the fall of 2006 when the appetite for professional theatre in the County seemed at an all-time high and was an irresistible challenge to founding Artistic Director John Burns.  John worked very hard to make his dream a reality and in the summer of 2007 he did just that. The shows were expertly executed and extremely well received. At the end of the 2007 season, Sarah Phillips took over as Artistic Director.
Simply put, there is no other professional theatre opportunity in this region (not within 1 ½ hours!).  While we have a very active arts community, numerous festivals, amateur theatricals, musical performers, visual artists, and so on – we have not had professional theatre.  The cultural climate is ripe for the feast of talent that this festival brings. As well, the economic development of this region, hinging upon drawing cultured and educated travelers to its wineries and upscale accommodations, welcomes another high-quality entertainment option to draw and hold its visitors.
Festival Mission
The mission of the festival is threefold: to provide engaging and intelligent theatre for its audience, both local and “imported”, to provide employment opportunities to local and imported artists, and to provide meaningful and unique opportunities for the people of our community to work with a group of professional artists to bring theatre to life.
Board of Directors

Board Chair Joan Pennefather
Members at Large Elizabeth Crombie
Monika Fida-Feller
Karen Helson
Nancy Kroeker
Diane Rheaume
Shauna Seabrook
Lynn Sullivan
Ex-Officio Sarah Phillips


Sarah Phillips, Artistic Director

Sarah has been directing, writing and producing independently for more than ten years. She graduated from the Directing Program of the National Theatre School in Montreal and was, for many years, the Artistic Director of red red rose, and independant company in Toronto for whom she wrote and directed such plays as Antigone (Dora nomination best new play) and Joan (Dora nomination best ensemble). Sarah also taught at Queen’s University in the Drama department.


Julianne Snepsts, General Manager

Julianne is a seasoned arts manager with over a decade of experience producing, project managing, fund raising and marketing theatre. She has worked in non-profit, commercial and government organizations including The Second City, Canadian Stage Company, Crow’s Theatre, The Ontario Science Centre, Theatre Direct, The Fringe of Toronto and The Canadian Comedy Awards. Julianne is the Past President of the Board of Directors of Theatre Ontario and is a founding Co-Artistic Producer of the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.

Les Stockley – Production Manager


Samantha Brown – Technical Director

Dana Charles – Outreach Associate/Volunteer Coordinator

Ainza Bellefeuille – Bilingual Theatre Associate / Adjointe bilingue

Makela Barnes – Theatre Associate

Josée Duranleau – Publicité pour Encore une fois si vous permettez
josee@duranleau.com / 416.652.7672