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Meet the Artistic Director


 Ralph Small


Ralph brings a wealth of experience (and fond memories) to The Bluewater Summer Playhouse with an extensive list of credits as a director, actor, writer and teacher.


His most recent directing credits include A Doll's House and Marathon of Hope for Theatre Sheridan, and The 39 Steps for The Lighthouse Festival in Port Dover.


He has also work-shopped, acted in, and/or directed dozens of new plays and musicals with companies such as Sheridan College's Canadian Music Theatre Project, Tarragon Theatre, Script Lab, Buddies in Bad Times/Shaw Festival, Roseneath Theatre, and Theatre Orangeville, where he directed mainstage productions of The Secret Garden and Jim Betts' The Mystery Of The Oak Island Treasure , and served as its first ‘young company' director.


As an actor, Ralph has appeared in the World Premières of Grounded by John Spurway (Lighthouse Festival), Norm Foster's Looking (Victoria Playhouse/ Theatre Aquarius) , Colours In The Storm (Muskoka Festival/ Theatre Aquarius), M.J. Cruise's Separate Beds (Showboat/ Theatre Orangeville), and Race Day (Theatre-on-the-Grand). Other credits include Henry in Sexy Laundry (Bluewater Summer Playhouse), Kris Kringle in Miracle On 34th Street (The Grand), Noises Off, (Huron Country Playhouse), Anne Of Green Gables & The Shooting Of Dan McGrew (Charlottetown Festival), Thin Ice/the Musical (National Arts Centre), Wild Guys , (Theatre New Brunswick), Durante (Vancouver Playhouse) , and Claudius in HamletLive (Bathurst St. Theatre). More recent credits include a triple role in Foster's Bedtime Stories (Drayton, St. Jacob's) and George in I'll Be Back Before Midnight (Lighthouse Festival).


Ralph is on faculty in the joint program of The University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) and the Sheridan Institute for Advanced Learning and Technology. He is a graduate of York University's BA Honours program and an an MA from The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Toronto . He also spent a year on faculty in the Theatre Arts Program at Thorneloe University at Laurentian .


About Bluewater Summer Playhouse

  Bluewater Summer Playhouse has operated in the scenic beachside town of Kincardine, Ontario since 1994. Since Bluewater opened its doors, Kincardine has enjoyed having the only Professional Live Theatre in all of Bruce County. Summer after summer, Bluewater Summer Playhouse provides a mix of side splitting comedies, tear jerking dramas, toe tapping musicals and everything in between. During the year, Bluewater employs local students, volunteers as well as a full time Office Manager - all with oversight from a volunteer board of directors comprised of Kincardine and area locals. In the off season, Bluewater Summer Playhouse is responsible for bringing many special events to Kincardine, including its annual Taste of Kincardine Dinner, Dance and Auction; Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre; as well as an assorted mix of live concerts. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us through the Admin contact information. We are always looking for people to sign up and help out with ushering, bartending, box office, and special events. We are always looking for fresh ideas, and if you would like to join the volunteer board, feel free to use the Admin contact for that as well.