North Island Zone (NIZ)

Zone Contact Information

Zone Chair: Brent Ronning, Portal Players, Port Alberni – Email: [email protected]
Vice Chair: Shari Jakubiec, Courtenay Little Theatre, Courtenay
Treasurer: Val Macdonald, Courtenay Little Theatre, Courtenay
Secretary: Gail Tisdale, Rivercity Players, Campbell River

Current Member Clubs

Past Member Clubs
  • Flying Squirrel Productions (Courtenay)
  • Hornby Island Theatre Society
  • Theatre Now! (Powell River)
  • Thin Ice Theatre Society (Parksville)
  • The Collective (Quathiaski Cove) – Club Rep: Chris Thompson
  • TheatreWorks Centre for Performing Arts (Courtenay) – Club Rep: Kymme Patrick
  • Ubedam Theatre Society (Tahsis) – Club Rep: Debra Conibear

North Island Zone 2017 Festival RESULTS

Adjudicator Andrew McIlroy was presented with many high-calibre productions and fine performances during the week of theatre May 14 – 20 at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay. One production stood out above all others: The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, presented by Festival host club Courtenay Little Theatre, will now go forward to represent the North Island Zone at Theatre BC’s MAINSTAGE, the drama festival which encompasses winning groups from throughout British Columbia, to be held this year in Vernon, June 30-July 8, 2017 and will perform on Thursday, July 6.

Main Awards presented by Adjudicator Andrew McIlroy

Best Production:
The Drawer Boy (Courtenay Little Theatre)

Runner Up to Best Production:
Toronto, Mississippi (Nanaimo Theatre Group)

Best Director:
Catherine Hannon, The Drawer Boy (Courtenay Little Theatre)

Best Actor – Female:
Vicky Barta, Marion Bridge (ECHO Players, Qualicum)

Best Actor – Male:
Wes Buckle, The Drawer Boy (Courtenay Little Theatre)

Best Supporting Actor – Female:
Dana Mowbray, Toronto, Mississippi (Nanaimo Theatre Group)

Best Supporting Actor – Male:
Ross Stephenson, Asylum (TheatreWorks)

Best Ensemble:
Asylum (TheatreWorks)

Best Set Design:
Jay Crowder, The Drawer Boy (Courtenay Little Theatre)

Best Achievement in Costumes:
Heather Gordon-Murphy, Jenny’s House of Joy (Rivercity Players, Campbell River)

Best Lighting:
Asylum (TheatreWorks)

Best Sound:
Asylum (TheatreWorks)

Best Backstage Coordination:
Asylum (TheatreWorks)

North Island Zone Award

2017 Donna Lamb Recognition Award:
Peter Wienold, who has been on the executive of Portal Players Dramatic Society in Port Alberni since 2003 in many positions, including more than one stint as President. In 2010 he was awarded the club’s Doreen Anderson Volunteer of the Year Award.

Peter was NIZ chair from 2005 to 2008, when he was elected to the Theatre BC Executive Committee as Vice-President. He has served on that committee for nearly 10 years, and is currently Theatre BC’s President. He continues to be active in his home club as chair of the Artistic Direction Committee, a director, actor & producer; and on the NIZ executive as past-chair.


The winning play, The Drawer Boy will represent the North Island Zone on Thursday, July 6 at Theatre BC’s annual MAINSTAGE in Vernon, June 30-July 8, 2017.

Past Events

North Island Zone 2017 Festival

  • Date: May 14 – 20, 2017, 7 Plays in 7 Days – Hosts, Courtenay Little Theatre
  • Adjudicator: Andrew McIlroy
  • Venue: Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC
  • More Info:
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Festival Schedule:
  • May 14 “The Drawer Boy” by Michael Healey, Courtenay Little Theatre
  • May 15 “Anne of Green Gables” adapted by Wendy Karpuik, Portal Players Dramatic Society, Port Alberni
  • May 16 “Jenny’s House of Joy” by Norm Foster, Rivercity Players, Campbell River
  • May 17 “Toronto, Mississippi” by Joan MacLeod, Nanaimo Theatre Group
  • May 18 “Asylum” by Kymme Patrick, TheatreWorks, Courtenay
  • May 19 “Waiting For Something To Happen” by Chris Thompson, The Collective, Quathiaski Cove
  • May 20 “Marion Bridge” by Daniel McIvor, ECHO Players, Qualicum


NIZ Awards Ceremony Results Listed by Year.
– Click here for more information on all Zone Festivals!

Any group interested in being involved in the North Island Zone activities, please contact Brent Ronning: [email protected]