Gretel Meyer Odell

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February 1997. Maya Ardal was Artistic Director. I drove my little blue pick-up truck to YPT from Montreal for the first time, transporting the set of ‘A Promise is a Promise’ from Geordie Productions for a run on the mainstage. I was a young stage manager, with my first gig in the big city of Toronto. After a flat tire on the dreaded 401 and no shortage of bad driving weather, I arrived at the stage door of YPT. I rang the bell and the most dapper & dashing FOH manager I had ever seen, welcomed me to the city and the theatre. His name was Isaac Odell, and 3.5 weeks later we were engaged to be married! This year we celebrate 19 incredible years of marriage and our two beautiful creative sons are 9 and 14. I will always feel the thrill of true love in the walls of this building. Love of theatre, love of imagination, love of children and lifelong love. Thank you YPT for being ‘where it all began’!

– Gretel Meyer Odell