Kate Stones, President, Acting Secretary

Kate Stones has been working with the CTC since 2009. In 2016 she completed a Masters in Directing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts. Kate joined the committee in 2010 and served as Secretary from 2011. She directed Monkey and the Monk for the CTC in 2016, Burqa, a short play by Ian Nash, performed as part of the 2013 Artfields Festival in Castlemaine. She has performed for the CTC as Doll Common in Playhouse Creatures (2014) , in New Blood (2012, as Rosie Donahue in The Donahue Sisters for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Kyneton One-Act Play Festival); as Toinette (and Musical Director) in The Hypochondriac (2011); and as Ida Rheingold in Dirty Work at the Crossroads (2010). She runs a small independent theatre company – The Red Room – with partner Kenneth MacLeod. Kate co-directed and performed in their production Purgatorio, which was part of the Castlemaine State Festival 2015; and Emilie’s Voltaire, which premiered at the 2011 Castlemaine Fringe Festival, and went on to tour to the Kyneton Town Hall, and to the Engine Room in Bendigo (July 2013).  Kate facilitates drama workshops for CreateAbility, an organisation that creates creative opportunities for adults and young people of varying abilities, and has helped out facilitating the Castlemaine Youth Theatre.


Jaynee Parkhill, Treasurer

Jaynee was born in Melbourne and became a Central Victorian in 2001, after moving to the country to be with her partner Anthony. While hanging around watching her daughter do rehearsals, she offered to fill in for an absent person in 2015’s ‘Monkey and the Monk’.  Being in backstage crew and having ‘spear carrier’ parts in ‘Monkey’ rekindled a forgotten love of live performance for which she trained in Melbourne during her teenage years.  After assisting with Front of House for 2016’s ‘The Peach Season’, she decided she’d like to be more involved in the inner workings of the company.   So using her 20+ years experience in administration and small business ownership, Jaynee joined the CTC Committee as Treasurer in 2016.  She also utilised her hair and makeup training, creating a 1940’s vintage vibe for 2016’s ‘The Ghost Train’. Jaynee hopes to introduce live theatre to a wider audience and inspire people to consider the theatre as a career, hobby or just for fun.  She believes there is place for everyone in the theatre and everyone in the theatre matters!


Donna Steven, Vice President

After spending much of her teen and young adult life hanging around in theatres, Donna pursued a career in broadcasting and has worked as a writer, producer, presenter and voice-over in radio and television. Following a twenty year absence from theatre, Donna returned to the stage in 2012, joining CTC as part of their New Blood season in the role of murderous Irish/American erotic novelist Dunya in The Donahue Sisters. Having driven family and friends nuts with her accent preparation for the role of Dunya, Donna delighted in the Aussie vernacular of Aftershocks (2013)in which she had a lead role.


Rob Jorritsma

Rob Jorritsma was born in the Netherlands where for most of his adult life he worked as a staff trainer. He arrived in Australia in 2001 for a holiday and ended up settling in Maldon. He retrained to become a teacher and worked at the Castlemaine Steiner School for 10 years. During his teacher training he developed a passion for theatre, which led to forming the Waldorf Players with members of the school community. The group initially presented shows for the children at the school but gradually took on more challenging work. Rob directed productions like Anouilh’s Antigone, Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters and Jean Betts’ Ophelia Thinks Harder. At the Steiner school he directed the Class 8 Shakespeare production for the last five years and he has significantly raised the profile of drama in the school. Rob completed a Graduate Diploma in Theatre Studies and has trained in various workshops at the Victorian College of the Arts and NIDA. He was assistant director of the two last Castlemaine Theatre Company shows, Così and Monkey and the Monk. He debuted as a CTC director in 2016, directing The Peach Season by Debra Oswald


Louise Angwin

Seamus Curtain Magee







Kate Stones

Jaynee Parkhill

Donna Steven

Rob Jorritsma