The Foster Festival Creative Team

The Foster Festival was founded by two women who are tremendous fans of Norm Foster's work and have a passion for Canadian theatre.

Meet Our Founding Members

Emily Oriold, Patricia Vanstone, and Norm Foster are the Founding Members of The Foster Festival. On November 17, 2014, Emily and Patricia sat in Patricia's kitchen. Emily had a vision for a Theatre Festival honouring Norm Foster. Norm had suggested she partner with Patricia. The rest is history...

BOARD OF DIRECTORS • ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Patricia Vanstone, Artistic Director, Foster Festival

Patricia Vanstone

CO-FOUNDER + ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Patricia Vanstone is an accomplished actor and director - having dramaturged and directed many new works over the past 35 years at theatres across Canada.

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Emily Oriold, Executive Director, Foster Festival

Emily Oriold

CO-FOUNDER + EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Emily has a great passion for the arts and has been a professional actor, director, and singer for the past twenty years here in Canada.

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Norm Foster, Playwright, Foster Festival

Norm Foster

CO-FOUNDER + PLAYWRIGHT

As the most produced playwright in the history of the country, Norm Foster is considered Canada’s preeminent comic playwright.

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