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 Director, Foster Festival

Emily Oriold



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  • In 1997, during my last year of high school, I sat in the Blyth Festival theatre in anticipation of seeing my very first production of a Norm Foster play, The Mellville Boys. The house lights dimmed and I felt that familiar sense of excitement as I settled in to be entertained. From beginning to end, I laughed, I reflected, I felt frustrated, I laughed again, and ultimately found my cheeks wet with tears as I was swept up in Norm’s world of heartfelt comedy. Instantly a Foster Fan was born – a fan with a vision to spread the humour with heart that is at the heart of Norm Foster's work.
    - Emily Oriold, Executive Director


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

Select stage credits include:

  • 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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