BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2018-2019)
Jessica Schneider has been Executive Director of the Massey Theatre Society since 2006. The Society operates and programs both the historic Massey Theatre and the new 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 has informed Jessica throughout her life and work. Her early professional path emerged as a teacher of dance and operator of a school of dance.
Kirsten Schrader has been the manager of the Arts and Culture Division at the Cowichan Valley Regional District since spring 2010, where she manages and curates the presenting season at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, a 731 seat professional unionized theatre located in Duncan, BC. Kirsten also manages the cultural planning and development of the arts and culture sector in Cowichan- a region made of 13 small cities, towns and electoral areas. Although originally from Victoria, Kirsten 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, and Doors Open. Prior to Richmond, 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. Kirsten has a post-graduate degree in Art History with a minor in Languages and has lived and studied internationally. Kirsten is the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games Director of Ceremonies and Special Events, and a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Alliance. In 2018, she won the Presenter of the Year award from the BC Touring Council.
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.
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 and on the Tessitura Software conference planning committee.
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.
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 Shatzko is an award-winning artist, director, and consultant. She facilitates projects and research on the impact of arts and creativity in society in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Amanda is the President of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, Co-Vice President of the United Nations Association in Canada (Vancouver), and a board director for the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture. She has extensive experience in large-scale grants and public-engaged projects related to cultural diplomacy and sustainable development. Amanda is involved in advisory positions for municipal government Cultural Master Plans, and educational collaborations with schools, conferences, international organizations, and national authorities. She obtained her B.F.A. from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, certificates from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, MIT, and UC Berkley, and is finishing her M.A. in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads University, specializing in creative and cultural intelligence.
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.
Jan Derbyshire is an established multi-disciplinary artist, producer, inclusive designer and educator. She specializes in the design, facilitation and delivery of playful, inclusive, interactive, and participatory experiences that push forward ideas of diversity, belonging and interdependent communities. A self-motivated, enthusiastic communicator she is able to express ideas both in public presentations and writing with over 20 years experience working in professional and community arts and in issue based collaborations with non-profits, educational institutes and corporations. She draws from a background of stand-up comedy, playwriting, devised theatre, storytelling, interactive installation, game design, essay writing, and stage directing. She has produced projects locally, nationally and internationally. Jan holds a Masters in Inclusive Design form OCAD University in Toronto.
Carly Frey is a specialist in the design and implementation of policy interventions for the growth and impact of the global creative economy. As Managing Director of Nordicity’s Vancouver office, she leads policy development, strategy and economic analysis across the creative industries for clients as diverse as UNESCO, the British Council, Canada’s Federal Creative Economy Working Group, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU), Music Canada Live, Arts BC, and the Governments of BC, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and England. Prior to Nordicity, Carly was Specialist Advisor to the British Council's global Creative Economy Unit (based in London, UK). As the program’s lead for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, Carly assisted non-profits, governments and civic authorities in positioning the creative industries within wider policy and regulatory interventions, as well as promoting cultural infrastructure development and business skills capacities for entrepreneurs. From 2011-2015, Carly was one of UNESCO’s Technical Assistance Experts for Cultural Governance. A creative consultant with a proven track record of fostering strategic partnerships and knowledge exchange, Carly is a dedicated team leader with strong communication, analytical and interpersonal skills. Carly is also a violinist and singer and performs regularly with The Fugitives and Echo Nebraska.
Margaret Grenier is of Gitxsan and Cree ancestry. She is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid and is the producer and director of the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, established in 2008. Margaret’s current works bridge conventional and contemporary dance expressions. She holds a Masters of Arts in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University. She received her B.Sc. from McGill University with a Geography major and Environmental Science minor. Margaret has worked with the Bill Reid Gallery on program development as well as at the HR MacMillan Space Centre where she developed and directed the planetarium production Sky Stories: a First Nations Journey. She has worked as a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University in 2007 for the course Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language, and Culture. In 2013 Margaret worked as faculty at the Banff Centre, Indigenous Dance Residency. She presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education on Aboriginal identity and dance in Australia in 2008, in Peru in 2011, Hawai’i in 2014, and Toronto in 2017. She currently serves on the executive board of directors for the Canadian Dance Assembly.
Nichola Reddington is the Senior Cultural Planner at the City of Victoria. A graduate of Queen’s University (Drama and Art History) and MacEwan University’s Arts & Cultural Management program, she has worked in the arts and cultural field for the past 19 years. Prior to her position at the City of Victoria, Nichola worked for The Works International Art & Design Society and the Art and Design in Public Places Program in Edmonton, Public Dreams Society in Vancouver and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at the City of Burnaby. In her current role at the City of Victoria, Nichola is the project manager for the City’s first Arts and Culture Master Plan, and supports cultural planning, policy and cultural space development in the Capital City. Nichola is the Past President of the Creative City Network of Canada, a leading national organization that operates as a knowledge sharing, research, public education and professional development resource in the field of local cultural policy, planning and practice.