The Staff & Associates


IAN FARTHING (Artistic Advisor) – Ian is a freelance director, actor and writer. He served for 9 years as Artistic Director of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario. In 2014, he was honored with the Capital Critics Circle Audrey Ashley Award for “the excellence of his continuing contribution to theatre”. He is also an Associate Artist at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver.

FLO ALEXANDER (Production Coordinator) – Flo came to theatre work later in life and is always happiest as far out of the limelight as possible. After braving a front-of-house opportunity during 9th Hour’s Grain of Salt run, Flo has gained a medley of backstage experience with the 9th Hour team starting in 2014.  From running errands to painting sets to hosting the green room, Flo made behind-the-scene contributions to all of the 2014 productions (The Magician’s NephewThe Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce, and the musical Narnia), and added hospitality services to her involvement in 2015 productions (Ivan & Adolf: The Last Man in Hell and The Creation of the World and Other Business). Flo recently won the Rideau award for behind-the-scenes work in professional theatre in the 2017-18 season, which included Prodigal Son and Godspell.

ALEXANDRA BENDER (Community Engagement Director) – Alexandra is a teacher, volunteer, dancer, avid reader and outdoor enthusiast. She is currently working as an occasional teacher with the Ottawa school boards and is volunteering at Family Services Ottawa. She treasured her time studying for an Undergraduate and a Masters degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights and continues to take courses as a lifelong learner. Alex has spent some time living and working abroad and is always eager to hear stories and perspectives from around the world. Though theatre, dance and literature are some of her favorite things, Alex also loves to hike, bike, swim and camp.

GEORGE DUTCH (Associate Artistic Director) – George studied Acting at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver with internationally renowned theatre director, Gunduz Kalic during the 70s; then joined Kalic’s ensemble in northern Australia for 5 years where he taught a performance class in a university theatre program during the 80s. George was Director of the Drama Ministry at Dominion-Chalmers United Church from 2000-04.  He has contributed to 9th Hour’s mandate since its inception, as an actor in 8 productions, as an artistic associate, a participant in play readings, and with the business operations of the company. He thinks theatre should investigate big ideas related to the role of culture in shaping everyday practices of living.

JONATHAN HARRIS (Producing Artistic Director) – Jonathan is inspired by stories that elevate our thinking and stir our souls, and is devoted to seeing them brought to life through the art of theatre and imagination. Jonathan has a strong passion for youth work, and is devoted to ongoing nuanced discussion about complex ideas and contemporary issues. Some directing credits include Godspell, Prodigal Son, The Creation of the World and Other Business by Arthur Miller, The Secret Garden, as well as stories by C.S. Lewis in 9th Hour’s 2014 “Into the Wardrobe” season; Narniathe musical, an original adaptation of The Great DivorceThe Magician’s Nephewand The Screwtape Letters (nominated for best director and best professional production by the Capital Critics Circle). Other favourite roles were Set Designer for Children’s Letters to God, and C.S. Lewis in the Canadian premiere touring production of Freud’s Last Session.

ROB LINKE (Managing Director) – Rob has lived in Ottawa since 2006 and has seen most of 9th Hour’s shows since it was founded. He leads a small team of writers and editors who create strategic content for a Crown corporation. He previously spent two decades as a newspaper reporter and editor in Atlantic Canada, culminating in four years as a bureau chief on Parliament Hill. He is an avid hiker, paddler and cyclist — and some day, he’ll get his completed first novel published and start his second.

DAVID PLOUFFE (Artistic Associate) – David has appeared in two performance roles for 9th Hour Theatre Company in the 2015 season, playing ‘God’ in the ensemble cast of The Creation of the World and Other Business by Arthur Miller and also ‘Hitler’ in the dramatic stage reading of Ivan and Adolf: The Last Man in Hell. David is a high school English teacher who has also taught drama, including stints as an acting teacher with The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, The School of Performing Arts, and Algonquin College. Past shows include Proof at Kanata Theatre and various children’s tours for both Penguin Theatre and GCTC in the long, distant past!

MISHELLE STOTT (Artistic Associate) –  Mishelle has been volunteering with 9th Hour since the very first show back in 2010. Performing as part of the dance ensemble for Telling The Story she quickly became enchanted with theater life. Since then she has been a part of several shows doing various behind-the-scenes roles such as Backstage hand, Choreographer, Hair & Makeup and Costume Designer. Planning the opening night parties for shows such as The Great Divorce and The Magician’s Nephew have also been a favorite creative past time for Mishelle. She has loved being able to work with all the incredible people who have been a part of 9th Hour over the years. Mishelle believes in the power of the arts and how much they can be used to heal, and bring joy to people. So here’s to many more stories that have yet to be told!

RACHEL-DAWN WALLACE (Artistic Associate) – As a graduate from Algonquin College’s Theatre Arts program, Rachel-Dawn enjoys having the opportunity to explore various aspects of theatre such as Stage Management, Production Management, Box Office and Administration, Properties Design, and Choreography. Rachel-Dawn has been working steadily in the professional theatre community since 2009, loving every minute of it, and was 9th Hour’s Production Stage Manager for the 2011-2014 seasons. As a recipient of a Prix Rideau Award (2012), she is excited to share her expertise with the 9th Hour Team.


LAURA BARKLEY (Stage Manager)

CHRYSTAL CANN (Managing Director)

BETSY JOHNSON (Front-of-House Manager)

EVELYN JOST (Hospitality Coordinator)

PETER LEYENAAR (Associate Producer)

LOGAN MILLER (Publicity Manager, Stage Manager)

SARAH NIEMAN (Production Stage Manager)

ARIANE ROY (Production Assistant, Artistic Associate)

MARGARET SMITH (Director of Music)

MISHELLE STOTT (Director of Dance)

MARK TURCOTTE (Marketing & Communications Director)

PATTI VOPNI (Production Designer)

ANDRÉE-ANNE WILLIAMS (Director of Community Engagement)