BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2018-2019)
Jessica Schneider joined the Massey Theatre Society as Executive Director in August of 2006. The Society operates and programs the historic Massey Theatre and the Anvil Centre Theatre in New Westminster. Prior to that Jessica spent eight years as General Manager of Vancouver’s award winning Firehall Arts Centre. Jessica has served on the boards of a broad array of national and regional artistic organizations including: PACT, battery opera performance, GVPTA and Royal City Musical Theatre. She was, for five years, a faculty instructor in the Arts and Entertainment Management Department at Capilano University teaching Financial Management in the Arts. Jessica’s devotion to the performing arts blossomed at an early age studying dance, drama and voice. The daughter of two professional actors and granddaughter of Gwen Pharis Ringwood, an early Canadian playwright, theatre is very much the family business. Her professional path emerged early as a teacher of dance and an entrepreneur founding a school of dance and companion dance company.
Paul Sontz is Tourism Vancouver’s manager of cultural tourism and Tickets Tonight, where he oversees communications, works with event promoters, creates new partnerships, builds customer relations and markets Tickets Tonight. Paul launched Tickets Tonight—Vancouver’s community box office and the only same-day half-price ticket outlet—ten years ago as a joint venture between Tourism Vancouver and the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture. As manager of cultural tourism, Paul works to build a stronger relationship between Vancouver’s arts and culture scene and its tourism industry. Paul’s prior experience includes working for Northwest Airlines, First Night Edmonton and The Works: A Visual Arts Festival. He currently serves on the Culture Days Task Force and was recently a part of the Metro Vancouver Regional Culture Committee. Paul is a member of INTIX, the International ticketing association, where he is a jurist on the awards committee and has led sessions at annual conferences. Paul has held various box office positions at the Shaw Festival and BASS Ticketing. He served on Playwright’s Theatre Centre’s board and the Edmonton Professional Arts Council board. Paul holds a BFA from Brock University in Drama and a MFA from the University of Calgary in Theatre Directing.
Dani Fecko is founder and president of Fascinator Management, an agency, production house, and consultancy based in Vancouver, BC. Fascinator is driven by the values of community connection, rigorous art making and creative place-making, and currently represents Company 605, The Chop Theatre, Delinquent Theatre, Hong Kong Exile, Ivan Coyote, Neworld Theatre, and Theatre Replacement. Dani has a long history working in contemporary theatre in Vancouver. She was managing producer of Boca del Lupo and spent four years as associate curator at PuSh Festival. Dani trained as a stage manager, working for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Playhouse locally, and Theatre Replacement, Neworld Theatre, and more across Canada and Europe. She has managed tours across North America, Mexico, and Europe with Rimini Protokoll. Dani has sat on theatre boards in Vancouver, was on the Vancouver planning committee for the Western Arts Alliance, and is a proud member of the development committee of the International Society of the Performing Arts (ISPA). She is part of the 2016-2018 Leadership Fellows Program through APAP. Dani is a graduate of Studio 58 and lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pet fish, Dot.
Bryan Woo graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a concentration in Music Education. Prior to joining the Arts Club Theatre Company, Bryan was a researcher for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and facilitated trade missions for the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program. Combining his background in music and experience in business, Bryan joined the Arts Club in 2005 and is the Director of Sales & Marketing. Over his tenure, Bryan has focused on data-driven segmentation strategies to increase audiences and patron loyalty and improve the intrinsic impact of the art for both patrons and artists. Bryan is currently the President of the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance.
Kirsten Schrader has been the manager of the Arts and Culture Division at the Cowichan Valley Regional District since spring 2010. Her main duties are to manage the Cowichan Theatre and help nurture and develop the arts and culture community in the region. She moved to the Cowichan Valley from Vancouver where she was the Arts Coordinator for the City of Richmond. There she managed the city's Cultural Arts Centre, and helped plan many city festivals such as the Children's Arts Festival, New Asia Film Festival, Culture Days, Mayor's Arts Awards, Doors Open, and the Richmond Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Prior to that she held a position in the Public Programming department at the Vancouver Art Gallery and was the executive director of the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. Originally from Victoria, Kirsten has a post graduate degree in Art History with a minor in Languages and has lived and studied internationally. She currently shares her time between Victoria, the Cowichan Valley, and Calgary with her husband and two step daughters. Kirsten also serves as the Vancouver Island representative on the Board of Directors of the Alliance and on the BC Task Force for Culture Days.
Jill Baird has been curator of education and public programs at the UBC Museum of Anthropology since 1997. She led the development of innovative education and public programming collaborating with a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and communities, including Indigenous weavers and Kwakwaka'wakw Potlatch Chiefs. Her doctoral research focused on collaborating with Haida and non-Haida museum colleagues at the Haida Gwaii Museum at Ḵay Llnagaay, Skidegate, British Columbia. Dr. Baird was the project lead for MOA's Partnership of Peoples' major CFI Innovation grant and $54M Renewal Project from 2000 to 2007. She was the coordinating curator of a major contemporary art exhibition Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art. Dr. Baird teaches in the Master of Museum Education program in the UBC Faculty of Education. She was one of the co-developers of the program launched in 2011.
Darrin Morrison is the director/curator of West Vancouver Museum. For over 25 years Darrin has worked as a senior museum/gallery professional in Canada. He possesses extensive administrative, curatorial and collections experience with an in-depth understanding of all aspects of managing and operating large and small cultural institutions. He was exhibition coordinator at the Art Gallery of Mississauga before undertaking a professional development internship at the Museum of Anthropology at University of British Columbia where he then worked as a project manager in design and conservation for fifteen years. In his role with the West Vancouver Museum Darrin has led the museum through a process of renewal, implementing a broader mandate and program emphasizing art and architecture and is currently working with a Board on the development of a new facility. He sits on the advisory committee of the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is an Associate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), completed courses in museum studies at the University of British Columbia and, in 2012, and received a certificate in Leadership Development from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Amanda Shatzko is an international and intercultural communication scholar, creativity ambassador, and cultural diplomat. A professional artist, consultant, and director dedicated to contributing to humanity through leading collaborations, and assisting organizations and government to strive for excellence through socially responsible and artistic programs. Currently, she is elected board President for the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, Board Director for the Vancouver Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada, Board Director for the BC Alliance for Arts & Culture, and Vice-Chair to the Regional District of the North Okanagan’s Culture Plan Advisory Team. Ms. Shatzko has won numerous awards, grants, and scholarships for her projects, representing BC and Canada at conferences and events as a young Canadian leader. To date traveling and working abroad in over 25 countries for cultural and artistic initiatives.
Randy Joynt has been the Manager of External Affairs for the Royal and McPherson Theatres Society in Victoria BC since 2016. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of Artspace in Winnipeg MB and the co-founder and General Manager of TRIP dance company in Winnipeg. Randy began his career as a contemporary dancer, performing with companies in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal. Randy has a keen interest in cultural policy and arts advocacy; and has lead strategic planning processes, governance reviews and operational capacity building initiatives for a number of arts organizations. He has been the Vice-President and advocacy committee Chair of the Canadian Dance Assembly, the founding Chair of Manitobans for the Arts and the Treasurer of the Winnipeg Art Council. In 2010, Randy was awarded the Victor Martin Lynch-Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts for his work in dance.
David Alexander oversees an integrated department at the Royal BC Museum and Archives that includes the archives, physical and digital access to collections and preservation and digital services and initiatives. David is responsible for the care of the archives collection, growth and maintenance of the museum’s collections management databases, the development of strategic partnerships and an array of related services. In his role, David has created a new digital sphere for the museum and archives by developing and maintaining secure, open-source, publicly accessible systems for managing and sharing BC’s cultural resources. David has a background in technology and culture and holds a Masters of Applied Communication degree with a specialty in digital communications. David is currently president of the BC Museums Association, Development Chair of the Greater Victoria Public Library System and Advocacy Chair for the Association of Canadian Archives.
Nina Buddhdev holds over 16 years of experience and leadership in the heritage arts sector mainly with classical arts. She has charted a strong record for short and long-term projects, deliverables and outcomes with relevant and responsive expertise as an admired pedagogy affirmed in her aptitude to create collective partnership projects. Nina works as a bridge and filter with investors, presenters, cultural groups, arts & culture organizations & media streams to develop partnerships that serve a vision for finer cultural wellbeing. Projects like 'The Raga Experience' continues as a series of profile interviews for CBC North to Northwest, recording opportunities with Nimbus School of Recording, and is set to become a national TV series for BC Indian Classical musicians with a live annual workshop program in Vancouver. Her network reaches a large database of cultural artists and groups, The Bandish Network is an online group available asa comprehensive resource. She has a prolific background in the UK and is fondly recognized for the Asian Music Circuit programs including the BBC Indian Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Museum of Indian Instruments & AMC Touring program which featured legendary maestros of classical traditions. Nina moved to BC in 2003 and she continues to advocate for the BC gifted education community, sensory learning programs & accelerated learning opportunities. Nina is consults with committees and boards including; Jalsaghar Music Gallery, Oregon; and SAMA Arts Network, London, ArtsCan Resource Network, Partnership development projects & India Currents Magazine. As a visual artist, Nina draws inspiration from her world travels, expressive art therapy experience, her love for heritage music, nature, history and the essence of connectivity.