Kate Stones, President

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 2011-2018. She directed Gallipoli, The Musical for the CTC (2017), Monkey and the Monk (2015), 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 also works as Education Coordinator for Castlemaine State Festival.


Rob Jorritsma, Secretary

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 has 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  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. Rob directed the first CTC Shakespeare production, As You Like It, in 2018.


Elaine Matheson, Treasurer

Elaine has her own bookkeeping business, Lynden Bookkeeping, serving the local Castlemaine area. She works pro bono for the local charity HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies). HALT aims to remind tradies they are valued by their community, and direct them to support services, both local and national, should they need them. Elaine has also been involved with the CTC backstage, front of house, and made her debut on stage in Gallipoli the Musical (2017). Elaine first connected with community theatre in the late 1990s as part of the Boilerhouse Theatre Group in Sunbury, where she appeared in a number of productions including Black Rock, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland, she also stage managed and worked backstage. Elaine and her partner Lindsay moved to Elphinstone in 2010, and joined the CTC in 2008. Elaine loves theatre.


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.


Seamus Curtain Magee

Seamus joined the CTC committee last year after appearing in The Peach Season and Arsenic and Old Lace. Before a 6 year children-induced hiatus from the stage he specialised in Ancient Greek Comedy, translating and directing The Clouds (2006) and Lysistrata (2008) by Aristophanes. Aside from his pet subject, Seamus has appeared in everything from musicals to Jacobean Tragedy. Seamus teaches by day, and is the committee’s official Tech Head.


Clare Shamier

Clare is an academic and actor (in no particular order) and has been performing in theatre and film for a long little while now. She currently teaches media and politics at Swinburne University. Her first appearance with the CTC was soon after her move up the Calder Highway in Peach Season (2016) and since then has gone on to show her face in a number of productions (Gallipoli: The MusicalAs You Like It). In 2017 Clare was brought on board to run the publicity arm of the CTC. In her scant spare time Clare cares for and rides her 3 horses, Nino, TC and Willow.








Kate Stones

Rob Jorritsma

Elaine Matheson

Donna Steven

Clare Shamier

Seamus Curtain Magee