The Company

Deanna Jones

Co-Founder + Artistic Director

Deanna Jones is co-founder and Artistic Director of Suitcase in Point with whom she has created and performed in over 15 original plays, including Barrel Crank, the Dora award nominated Keith Richards One Woman Show and Be Wearing Wolf. Other selected acting credits include: Silly Old Men Ought Not to Fall in Love (Theatre Beyond Words), Bluenose (Carousel Players), and Trout Stanley (Essential Collective Theatre). She is part of FIXT Point’s ensemble for the Tale of a Town Canada, directed Niagara Artists Centre’s STRUTT Wearable Art Runway Show (2011-2014), and is Artistic Director of In the Soil Arts Festival. Deanna has a B.A. in Theatre from Brock University, and has trained with One Yellow Rabbit, Philippe Gaulier, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and SITI Company. Deanna is currently working on a new show about the history of smoking cigarettes, des antécédents de tabagisme.

Tamara Jensen

Director of Marketing and Development

Having founded and worked with some of Niagara’s leading destination and event brands over the past decade, Tamara bring a wealth of hospitality, tourism, and event marketing expertise as the Director of Marketing and Development. As a practicing visual artist and board member with the Niagara Artists Centre, Tamara is passionate about creating and amplifying opportunities for artists to make a creative living in Niagara. Tamara is the recipient of the 2014 Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Women In Business Outstanding New Business Award, and has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award recipient. Her fine dining restaurant, Dispatch, was named one of enRoute Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in Canada. Tamara has a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Carleton University and received a Professional Management certification from the Goodman School of Business at Brock University.

Alex Brown

Administrative Director

Alexandra Brown is co-founder and the first artistic director of Suitcase in Point. Back in the day, she brought her passion to building the foundation of SIP with her amazing collaborators and friends. Currently she is the administrative director enjoying the many responsibilities of being a part SIP’s programs and accomplishments as a local, cornerstone performing arts organization. You can catch her performing at Comedy nights or in Cabarets… her appetite for participating in the comic genius of the SIP ensemble never wanes. Laughter is by far her best medicine. She is formerly owner of Pan Café and a passionate cooker of local foods. Alex is the mother of two beautiful children and currently a blossoming psychotherapist. Her friends call her Al.

Marcel Stewart

Outreach Director

Marcel is a theatre artist whose performance practice is rooted in the research of what stories have been told, how they have been told and by whom. The freedom to ask questions and responsibility to propose change is what inspires Marcel. Through theatre Marcel holds a mirror up to the world and reflects on his position in it, offering the chance for all those who experience his craft to do the same. He is constantly exploring new ways of telling stories, currently on screen through film and television. Most recently he co-wrote the short film, Chance Encounter: https://vimeo.com/282092101.

Holly Keus

Production + Workshop Coordinator

Holly Keus is a recent graduate of Brock University’s Dramatic Arts Program. She has worked with many Niagara companies such as Twitches and Itches as  and Essential Collective Theatre.  Holly started with Suitcase in Point in 2018  part of their Arts Mentorship Program. She was theatre technical assistant for In the Soil Arts Festival and has stage managed 3 shows for the company. She also, somehow, finds time to plays 11 instruments. Holly was born and raised in the Niagara region and loves that she gets to continue working in the arts, and is thankful to be working alongside other incredibly talented artists every single day.

Board of Directors

Treasurer

Brian Gasbarini

Secretary

Kahlin Holmes

Vice President

Nigel Scott

Director

Roselyn Kelada-Sedra

Director

Michelle Brisebois

Natasha Pedros

Co-Founder, Writer, Performer

Edwin Conroy Jr.

Co-Founder, Writer, Performer

Brian Foster

Co-Founder, Writer, Performer

Miles Coverdale

Writer, Performer

Cole Lewis

Co-Founder, Artist

Sergio Forest

Co-Founder, Artist/Technician/Lighting Designer

Trevor Enns

Writer, Performer

Hayley Malouin

Writer, Performer

Heather Maxwell

Writer, Performer

Mike Wale

Writer, Performer

Associate Artists

We are proud to have worked with a wide range of incredible artists, stage managers and technicians since our inception in 2001. From creative collaborators to guest artists, the following folks have contributed to the past 15 years of Suitcase in Point programs.

Graham Shaw

Mike Wale

Heather Maxwell

Dawn Crysler

Andre du Toit

Lewis Melville

Dave Clark

Ernest Harris Jr.

Amy Nostbakken

Rose Plotek

Erin Birkenbergs

Muoi Nene

Stephen Remus

Jason Cadieux

Anrita Petraroia

Diane Konkin

Ker Wells

Clelia Scala

Amir Amiri

June Etta Chenard

Bruce McCulloch

Anah Shabbar

Kelli Sitarski

Lisa Brooke

Tyler Sainsbury

Joe Lapinski

Robert Feetham

Adam Buller

Trent Pardy

Adam Paolozza

Monica Dufault

Kate Leathers

Jessica Carmichael

Michael Greves

Katie Webb

Charles Ketchabaw

Peter Balkwill

Doug Ledingham

Terrance Cox

Daniele Bartolini

Alexa Fraser

Gupreet Chana

Dave Oxner

Thomas Colagna

Kris Demeanor

Rebecca Walsh

Lisa Marie Diliberto

Jacob Bergsma

Jacqueline Costa

Steve Watson

Brittany Brooks

Erin Shields

Geoff Brown

Kevin Richardson

Ethan Rising

Kimberly Purtell

Carla Ritchie

Melissa Convery

Stephanie Jones

Chris Penney

Danielle Wilson

Debbie Arruda

Kasia Smuga

Sascha Cole

Rob Robbins

Shary Boyle

Sam Kalilieh

Andrea Adcock

Johnny Cann