The Western Ontario Drama League was founded in 1932 by D.Park Jamison, a founding member of what is now known as Theatre Sarnia. WODL serves the theatre community within Western Ontario and are justly proud of their achievements. They play a vital role in Ontario's theatrical life by:
- Promoting the continual development of theatre arts and artists in Western Ontario.
- Supporting the development of vital and broadly accessible theatre training of the highest quality to all of Western Ontario's theatre community.
- Encouraging the continued development of high quality theatre and drama programs within the educational system of Western Ontario.
- Ensuring that Western Ontario's community theatres and educators obtain access to the resources of professional theatre.
- Encouraging the continued development of high quality theatre and drama through festivals.
- Facilitating interaction and communication between community, educational and professional theatre.
More information about WODL can be found on their website: www.wodl.on.ca
Theatre Sarnia is a member of the Western Ontario Drama League.
Two former members of Theatre Sarnia have been recognized by the Western Ontario Drama League as Awards Honourees. These biographies are courtesy of WODL.
George Wood Jr.
George Wood Jr. was a longtime member of Theatre Sarnia and was President at the time of his death on May 24, 2005. He had been involved with the Theatre since his teen age years and had many acting roles, and was also a talented director and teacher. George was one of the founding members of Theatre Sarnia's youth group, S.T.A.G.E., and took an active interest in working with that group up to the date of his death.
He was actively involved with the running of the Imperial Theatre and had served on the steering committee for the restoration, working many long hours raising funds for the project.
In July 2004, George was elected President of the Board of WODL, and made a great effort to visit as many groups as possible during his first term of office, so tragically cut short. He will be remembered and sorely missed by all who knew this remarkable man.
David Park Jamieson
In 1927, D. Park Jamieson was a founding member of the Sarnia Drama League. This quiet, but extremely efficient man through his adult life had an enthusiasm for the theatre. He remained a Bachelor and although he was a successful lawyer most of his energies seemed to be channeled into theatre.
During his early years he left no stone unturned for the cause of theatre. All around him were pressed into working for the cause of community theatre. He funded so many theatrical efforts that colleagues asked if he had an oil well!
When Vincent Massey and Col. Henry Osbourne were working on organizing regions for the Dominion Drama Festival it was reported that "Western Ontario earned a gold star from the beginning. D. Park Jamieson ( the dapper lawyer with the carnation ) was summoning Little Theatre groups to London, Ontario to form a WESTERN ONTARIO DRAMA LEAGUE."