Lori Robinson Distel
Founder/Artistic Director | She/Her
Lori Distel has been active in the theatre community for many years. With her time as an instructor and youth coordinator for the Cambridge Community Players (CCP), she oversaw five youth-based programs, working with children aged 4-18, teaching everything from theatre basics to advanced musical theatre.
In 2004, Lori co-founded NovaStage, a semi-professional theatre company whose mandate was to produce original works from emerging playwrights.
An actor and director, Lori's resume consists of productions such as Sylvia (for which she won a CCP Special Adjudicator's Award), The Mousetrap, Bye Bye Birdie, Godspell and, most recently, she directed and performed in Doubt, A Parable with Cambridge Community Players, which earned five nominations and two awards from the Western Ontario Drama League. Lori was also the recipient of the 2013 Cambridge Cultural Award/Bernice Adams Memorial Award in the category of Performing Arts. Lori worked professionally as a jazz singer for years, headlining bands such as 'The Lori Distel Trio' and 'Standard Time.' She's trained in vocal music for the past forty years.
Founder | She/Her
Corina's passion for theatre began in her early teens. She attained an honours B.A with a Specialized Major in Drama at the University of Guelph and has since spent many years in theatre as an actor, director, stage manager and teacher. She spent four years as an artistic director of a local drama ministry, has taught in many school settings, appeared on film, and has performed with
Mysterious Players, Paris Performers Theatre, Cambridge Community Players and other theatre groups across South Western Ontario. Corina currently serves as Vice-Chair of Productions for Cambridge Community Players, as well as Head of Children's Ministry for Cedar Creek Community Church.
Piper J. Distel
Associate Artistic Director | She/Her
Piper J. Distel is a queer, neurodivergent, femme theatre artist, educator and playwright hailing from Cambridge, Ontario. She has been actively involved in the South Western Ontario drama scene since 2007, acting both regionally and professionally. Previous credits include roles such as Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank), Jerusha (Daddy Long Legs), Eponine (Les Miserables), Abigail Williams (The Crucible), Babette (Beauty and the Beast), Mary (Murder on the Orient Express), Jeannine (Ordinary People/Arthur Award Nomination) and Emily Webb (Our Town). Piper is the recipient of the 2022 City of Cambridge Youth Appreciation Award for Artistic Development and the 2014 Bernice Adams Award for Outstanding Youth in the Arts. She has taught theatre arts at The Cambridge Centre for the Arts and Cambridge Community Players, respectively, since 2014, having earned her High-Five Teaching Certification in 2018. Piper is the librettist behind the new Canadian musical, Curiouser, which tells of the early life of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author, Lewis Carroll and celebrates neurodiversity in the arts and literature community.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President | She/Her
Treasurer | He/Him
Paul has been involved with Penny & Pound Theatre Productions for three years. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant currently working with Grant Thornton LPP in Waterloo Region. He is married to Carolyn and together they have four children and three grandchildren. He has been involved in our community extensively over the years as a Big Brother, served as a board member with the Cambridge Shelter and the Centre for Family Business, was on various committees with the Cambridge Memorial Hospital and is a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow. He enjoys the outdoors in all seasons.
Secretary | She/Her
Hi! I am Marion Price, Secretary. I have long been interested in youth and the arts. Some of this comes from my professional career with Boys and Girls Club and some from my involvement with the recreation sector. As well, I am an avid theatre goer myself with regular subscriptions to both professional and community theatre groups. It's my pleasure and privilege to support the work of youth and young adults as they explore their potential and grow through Penny & Pound Theatre Productions.
Director | He/Him
Cameron Joyce has more than 35 years of experience in the Canadian logistics industry, business leadership and organizational development. He co-founded Associated Logistics Solutions (now Accuristix), a leading healthcare logistics solutions provider, in 1994. In 2004, the firm entered into a joint venture with McKesson Corp. and he was appointed President of the new entity from 2004-2009, when Associated Logistics aquired McKesson's equity stake in the Company and was rebranded. He then served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Accuristix from 2009-2015, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2015 until his retirement in 2019. Other interests include entrepreneurial ventures in warehouse safety, music publishing and M&A consulting.
Cameron currently serves as a director of a few private companies, including Sheridan Nurseries and D.C. Ranking and Maintenance Inc., and sits on the board of the charity Kid's Health Links Foundation.
Director | She/Her
I have worked in hospitality, healthcare and human resources in management positions for both public and private companies across several sectors with a focus on underserviced remote and rural areas as well as gerontology. Throughout my career I have been involved in many community and volunteer events, committees and boards, as well as founding elementary school nutrition programs.
Penny & Pound Theatre Productions drew my interest as they truly embody their mission to enrich the youth theatre experience, and open their arms and hearts to these youth by creating a sense of belonging and family, while celebrating individualism.