Growing up in St. Catharines I developed the love of film at a very young age. My first movie I ever saw on the big screen was Jaws. This classic instilled in me the power of movies. St. Catharines had two classic downtown theaters. The Lincoln and the Town Cinemas were classic movie houses. Growing up these theaters gave me and my friends many hours of escape into the many worlds that film offers. After moving to Hamilton I joined Blockbuster video and took my love of film to a profession. I joined Cineplex Odeon at the old Center Mall Theater and continued my professional career showing the movies. As industry developed I moved to the SilverCity Ancaster and we marched the theater into the modern era. I am thrilled the join The Westdale. We look forward to bringing a state of the art facility with a totally classic atmosphere! See you at the movies.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
Neal began his career studying stage acting at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto. He studied marketing at McMaster University and worked in corporate marketing at Bell before returning to the creative and performing arts sector. He has worked for Cable 14 in Hamilton and most recently in marketing and development at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Neal is a native of Sudbury, Ontario and moved to Hamilton in 2003. He has volunteered as the co-head of Marketing at Theatre Ancaster since 2015.
COMMUNITY ARTS & GRANT DEVELOPER / COORDINATOR
Becca believes that everyone should have access to the arts and the opportunity to create and to share in the benefits and joys that the arts bring to our community. For the past ten years, she has worked with numerous non-profit community organizations and artists to raise funds and to develop and coordinate programming in Hamilton. Dowden holds an Undergraduate Degree in Visual Arts and History from York University, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate, with Distinction, in Arts and Cultural Management from MacEwan University. In 2018, she was honoured with the award of Arts Manager of the Year by the City of Hamilton. Dowden is also a practicing artist and teacher working in both analog and digital photography. Her work is held in private collections and has been exhibited locally and across the GTHA.