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...
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.
CO-FOUNDER + EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Emily Oriold is the recipient of Business Link Niagara's 40 Under Forty Award & the GNCC, Women In Business Award for Excellence in Tourism.
CO-FOUNDER + PLAYWRIGHT
As the most produced playwright in the history of the country, Norm Foster is considered Canada’s preeminent comic playwright.