Darren Stewart-Jones is the Founding Artistic Director of the HamilTEN Festival and the Toronto Queer Theatre Festival (Gay Play Day). Spending almost a decade with both festivals, his mission was to give emerging indie playwrights a platform to produce their works. Through his own theatre production company, he has produced shows across Ontario and at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City, winning Best International Show in 2015. He has brought some of Canada's most talented performers to Hamilton to appear in his productions, including Sheila McCarthy, David Ferry, Nonnie Griffin, Liberty Silver and Elley-Ray Hennessy. Transitioning from the theatre into the film industry in 2019, Darren is the screenwriter of two short films, Stroke of Fate and Digging Up Dorothy, both filmed locally in Hamilton. He is also the casting director and co-producer of Pink Is In, a tv comedy series based in Hamilton that began streaming on Bell Fibe TV1 in 2021. He is currently working on several film and television projects and is proud to be able to work and create in the City of Hamilton where he has twice been nominated for the City of Hamilton's Arts Awards.