Who is Pandora's Sox?

Producer, Writer, Director, Actor - Jay Wilson
Upon graduation with a B.A. in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Waterloo, Jay collaborated with Echo-Logical Theatre to create “Healthspell” an educational theatre product touring elementary schools, sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Health. Jay went on to become project leader, revising the play and then producing two more seasons of touring. (1979 1980).

Jay was Company Manager for The National Tap Dance Company of Canada (1981-1984). This involved touring a company of 14 dancers and equipment throughout North America. 

Working with Great Artist’s Management International (GAMI), the Tap Company toured most major theatre centres throughout Canada, the United States and Bermuda.

1989-1993 Jay designed and implemented a mobile stage project for the Ontario Lottery Corporation. The mobile stage was tractor-trailer unit with hydraulic stage, lights and sound for use at fairs, festivals and events. Received approval for half a million dollars for the capital cost and an additional $100,000 for the first year of operation. The mobile stage was featured prominently at such events as Toronto’s Caribana and Ottawa’s Winterlude.

From 1997-1998 Jay was special projects developer with The Gravenhurst Opera House. Jay founded ShowBizKidz a youth drama training program and “A Taste of Muskoka” a media event hosting travel writers from across Canada supported by a $35,000 Ministry of Tourism grant.

For 8 years (1999-2007) Jay was Marketing and Development Associate with Theatre Collingwood, a professional equity company producing primarily summer theatre seasons. In addition to exceeding fundraising targets, tourism packages were developed (meal and accommodation partners). Jay founded “Act Up” a youth drama training program and Jay worked as an actor every season with the company.

During the last 6 years, Jay has operated his own puppet company, Pandora’s Sox. Highlights include the creation of 5 shows for seniors, 3 shows for children. With this one-person operation, Jay is responsible for the artistic products (scripts, puppets, sets, costumes, music) as well as the managing the business (marketing, sales, tour logistics, accounting). Milestone: two tours of the Ottawa area in conjunction with the Puppets Up International Puppet Festival held in Almonte ON each August.

In 2016 Jay created “The Elocutioner” a one-man show for The Guelph Fringe Festival.

Jay is currently developing a show about William Harvey a figure from Guelph’s past (1890’s) who became known for a dramatic domestic tragedy.

In 2016 Jay worked as an actor for Barrie’s Theatre-By-The-Bay production of “We Must Have More Men – the story of Barrie during The Great War". It was this project that rekindled Jay’s love of historical drama.

In partnership with the Guelph Museum, Jay produced "Guelph In Postcards - The McCrae Years" for the summer 2017 Backyard Theatre Project at McCrae House. In 2018, Jay returns to the Backyard Theatre Project to direct "Mary's Wedding" by Stephen Massicotte.

Combining skills in performance, writing, teaching, music, arts marketing, theatre administration, and tour logistics, Jay operates a puppet company www.pandoras-sox.com as well as dabbling in other theatre projects seen here. Jay is a member of Theatre Ontario.