Patrica Vanstone

Patricia Vanstone is an accomplished actor and director – and the Artistic Director of The Foster Festival, in the heart of Niagara.

Patricia Vanstone, Artistic Director, Foster Festival

Patricia Vanstone



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  • I'm proud to be part of The Foster Festival, working with a team committed to delivering top-notch professional theatre with beautiful productions that are guaranteed to take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions!
    - Patricia Vanstone, Artistic Director

Passionate about Canadian theatre, Patricia Vanstone has performed in, dramaturged and directed many new works over the past 35 years at theatres across Canada. 

Patricia is the recipient of a DORA Award for her production of Beo's Bedroom and was nominated for her performance of bad girl Mary Mitchell in the 'Bop Musical' Girls In The Gang (Blyth Festival, Factory Theatre and The National Arts Centre).

Patricia's association with Norm Foster began in 1984 while working on the world premiere of The Mellville Boys at Theatre New Brunswick.

Since then she has performed in The Long Weekend, Old Love and On A First Name Basis with Norm as well as starring in the world premieres of Hilda's Yard and Jenny's House of Joy.

Patricia had the pleasure of revisiting The Mellville Boys as a director for the Blyth Festival.

Patricia has directed the following Norm Foster World Premieres for The Foster Festival:

Favourite directing credits include:

  • The Melville Boys
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Noises Off
  • Anne (World Premiere)
  • Ceili House (World Premiere)
  • Quiet! I'm Talking
  • Joy
  • Midnight Sun

Most recently, Patricia has directed and produced A Woman of independent Means – starring Susan Clark – in Toronto, Jacksonville, Florida and Tucson, Arizona.

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