Emily Oriold

Emily Oriold is a Norm Foster fan who had a vision of bringing humour with heart to the Niagara Region through The Foster Festival.

Emily Oriold, Artistic Producer, The Foster Festival

Emily Oriold



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  • I am thrilled to be back at the Foster Festival in this new role as Artistic Producer. As a founder of the organization, I have always held it near and dear to my heart. I look forward to gathering at the theatre with you all, once again, to celebrate Norm Foster and his magical plays.
    - Emily Oriold, Artistic Producer


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

Select stage credits include:

  • Too Close To Home (World Premiere), Theatre Orangeville
  • Everything I Love About Christmas, Theatre Orangeville
  • The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, Harbourfront Theatre
  • Weekend Comedy, Drayton Entertainment
  • The Glass Menagerie, Talk is Free Theatre
  • Collette: The Colours of Love, Talk is Free Theatre
  • Little Woman: The Musical, Victoria Playhouse Petrolia
  • The Outdoor Donnellys, Blyth Festival
  • Nunsense, Theatre Cambridge
  • The Maids, Theatre Passe Muraille 
  • Thy Neighbour's Wife, Dora Award Winning Play

Emily has directed at the Blyth Festival, Talk is Free Theatre, and Theatre Aquarius.  

Administratively, Emily has a strong background in marketing and audience development, skills she developed while working for five years as the Director of Sales and Marketing for house seats Canada – a live audience development company whose goal is to get “bums in seats” and provide invaluable customer feedback through house seats’ own survey system.

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