Chris O’Neill is a professional actor and playwright who co-founded the organisation and was the driving push to build the Centre, acting as the fundraising and programming locus for the past ten years. She has taught writing and acting, served on both provincial and national boards of arts organisations and served on community boards. She continues to work as a theatre artist, with four plays co-written with husband Ken Schwartz to her credit, including the published Westray: The Long Way Home. She is most known in theatre as an actor. She was most recently seen with Two Planks in The Iliad by Fire playing Athena (as she did in 2007’s The Odyssey), as Audrey and Madame LeBeau in As You Like It, and in Lysistrata, Beowulf, Jerome: the Historical Spectacle, The Crucible, Our Town and and other shows. She is a co-creator of 937, a play without words touring schools and communities, and she has toured with productions from BC to CapeBreton. She was awarded a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for contribution to her community and Canada in 2002, the Valley Arts Award for her working Arts Education in 2010, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.