Very Useful Theatre Company appoints a new President

New President Tom Pearson

Tom Pearson is the new President

Paul Bath, the long-time President of the Very Useful Theatre Company (VUTC) and producers of the prestigious Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays, has announced that Tom Pearson assumed the position of President as of Oct. 1 of this year.

Mr. Bath made the announcement at the recent awards night for this annual Festival, which has seen considerable growth under his tenure. 

“Tom was Stage Manager for the Festival through the pandemic and for the 2022 festival he added the role of Director of Communication. He is enormously talented, creative and a whiz at producing the short promotional videos that were posted on social media. It was a stroke of luck when Tom came on board. “The festival is in good hands and I know it will grow with Tom in command,” expressed Mr. Bath in stepping down.

Tom brings a wealth of theatrical experience in live theatre, film and television. He is a film school graduate with numerous film and television credits from acting, directing and producing. He wrote produced and narrated the documentary film ‘A Thin Pink Line’ that won the best documentary film at the York Film Festival.

As the owner of TP Entertainment & Productions, our new President has produced advertising and television segments that have been aired nationally. They include ‘One Cheque Away’ for the Canadian Labour Congress; a segment for the TV series ‘Canada Remembers Our Heroes’; and Tom’s short film ‘Shoots, Scores,’ featuring young actors on the Autism Spectrum, was showcased in the York Region District School Board’s ‘Quest for Youth Conference.’

As the Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays prepares for their sixth annual festival in 2023 members of the VUTC board are thrilled that Tom is taking the helm as new President, and they look forward working with him and his plans for the festival’s future.

Tom said “I’m super excited about the Very Useful Theatre Company and the Festival of One Act Plays. I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish in 2023 and beyond”

Break a leg.

Born and raised in Willowdale Ontario, which at the time was a small town. I completed a 5 year apprenticeship as a Steam fitter and then I enjoyed seven great years as a professional musician
and entertainer in Canada and throughout the United States. Recording artist and as a studio musician bass player before entering the Life insurance business.

Since 1989 I have specialised in Special Needs planning for families who have a child with a disability. This involves the Four Essentials of Special Needs Planning for their child’s future. Advocating on behalf of people with disabilities to the federal and provincial governments and helping families who have a child with a disability recover taxes they never should have paid.

When one government closes a door I create a new door.

I see injustice and I try and correct it, I see a wrong and I try to right it I see a need and I try and fill it.

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