BOARD OF DIRECTORS
No Strings Theatre is a charitable organization governed by an experienced and skilled board of directors.
Brian is the Director, Student Housing & Residence Life at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Brian has worked at 5 universities in Canada and the US and has participated and presented at provincial, national, and international conferences. As an award winning presenter, Brian uses his techniques to engage his audiences while giving them the capacities to learn, ask questions, and feel empowered. Brian is a cis-gender queer white male with immigrant parents and is first generation university student. Brian has a passion for equity and inclusion and has been exploring the notions of inclusion since the first time he was excluded as a child. Brian believes that dialogue is the first step to dismantling white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, toxic masculinity, and xenophobia. Brian holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph, an M.Ed in International Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago, and is currently a PhD student in Higher Education at the University of Toronto.
Karen Sampson works as a law clerk and puts her administrative and organizational skills to use as No Strings Theatre's board Secretary. She combines her love for the theatre and volunteerism as a way to give back to the community and stay connected to the arts.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT | VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Bronwen first joined No Strings Theatre in 2015 as an Office Assistant, and later that same year took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator. She is a musical theatre enthusiast with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Drama Studies from Glendon College, York University, and a diploma in Career and Work Counselling from George Brown College.
EVENT COORDINATOR | BOOKKEEPER
Eulalie holds an Associate Degree (AA) in Human Resources and Executive Assistant Management As an Event Coordinator, Eulalie has managed and coordinated a variety of events from inception to successful completion for various organizations, choral groups, churches and weddings.
Eulalie's initial involvement with No Strings Theatre began as a vocal student of Denise’s Studio. As she became aware of the amazing professional productions that Denise was offering to the community, she realized that her skills and experience as an Event Planner would be better utilized as a member of the board of No Strings Theatre. For over ten years, she has lent her support to this amazing organization as Event Coordinator and now Front of House for all events. It’s been a joy for her to support Denise and to work with so many professional artists.
Kathy joined the NST Board in 2020 to further NST’s mission of increasing access to the performing arts. As a lifelong dancer and performer, she has been actively involved in the arts her whole life.
Kathy is currently a Corporate Banking Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Outside of work, she has a passion for cooking, coffee, and cats. Kathy holds a BA from Ivey Business School in Business Administration and is a certified yoga instructor (RYT200).
Shellina Yeung joined the Board of Directors in 2020.
Shellina has a passion for education, mentorship, and learning. Prior to joining No Strings Theatre (NST), she was actively involved with another non-for-profit organization for 3+ years. She hopes to bring her experience and skills along with her business mindset to help grow NST.
Shellina works in the Human Resources Management field and is currently a MBA candidate at McMaster University. She received her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association and holds a Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Minor in Economics degree from McMaster University.
PAST VICE PRESIDENT
Sheldon joined the board in 2020. Sheldon brings experience from working in legal clinics around the world and as a legal researcher on corporate matters in Canada, the European Union, and United Kingdom. He has previously spent time working with a team advising the Government of Canada regarding board diversity disclosures introduced in Bill C-25, An Act to Amend the Canada Business Corporations Act. As a violinist and pianist, Sheldon is passionate to help further No Strings Theatre’s mission of supporting access to professional skill development for youth of all backgrounds. Sheldon holds a Bachelor of Laws – LL.B (Hons.)(1st Class) from Queen Mary, University of London in the United Kingdom.
Emily Cestra, Newsletter marketing
Janina Dziedziola, fundraising marketing, administration
No Strings Theatre is always looking for volunteers.
Currently we are accepting applications for people to serve on our board of directors.
"It takes a village to raise a child."
"IN MEMORANDUM" TREASURER
Cynthia Knight is a Financial Analyst, spending her last 20 years with AT&T. She has prior experience sitting on the Board of Directors for New Dawn Moravian Church, serving as President for 5 of her 6-year tenure. Cynthia relies on her professional expertise but informed by her honesty, determination, and service.
Cynthia is an avid bowler and has been a member of the Barbados Mixed Bowling League for over 30 years. Her introduction to bowling was through her daughter’s passion for the sport, and she hasn’t looked back since. Much like her daughter’s pursuit of bowling, which has had the lasting effect of community, Cynthia sees value in providing opportunities for youth to develop their musical theatre skills.