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Staff

Kenji Maeda, Executive Director
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In addition to his role at GVPTA, Kenji is the artsvest B.C. Program Manager at Business for the Arts, a sponsorship training program for arts and culture organizations across the province. He has had the opportunity to lead workshops and work with more than 150 arts and culture organizations to strategize private sector partnerships within the arts. Kenji is also a cultural and organizational development consultant who has worked with arts organizations, government, and educational institutions.  He was previously the Executive Director of DOXA Documentary Film Festival, has worked in film, TV, and theatre and is a Jessie Award recipient.

Amanda Peters, Communications Manager
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Amanda is an arts administrator with a particular interest in arts service organizations. Her freelance and consulting work involves communications, events and project management, and she's interested in creating resources and tools that support the non-profit arts and culture sector in BC. In addition to her role at GVPTA, Amanda works with Actsafe Safety Association, coordinating its annual conference focused on health and safety in the arts and entertainment industries. She previously worked with the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture as Director of Communications, and currently serves as Board President of CARFAC BC, the collective voice for professional visual artists in British Columbia. 

Rick Chung, Communications Assistant
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Rick is a seasoned arts writer/editor and digital storyteller with special interest in lifestyle, media arts, and culture. He started out at CBC Vancouver as a producer before working in education, public policy, marketing, and non-profit. Rick has also contributed to Vancouver Is Awesome, News1130, BC Living, and Montecristo Magazine. He has documented and blogged about Vancouver’s evolving cultural scene for over a decade.


Board of Directors

In recent years, GVPTA has made thoughtful changes to deepen our relationships with our community, increase the capacity of the organization, and ensure our programming and activities reflect the needs of our sector. The GVPTA board of directors has been and will continue to be instrumental in guiding the organization forward. We invite anyone interested in learning more about the board to review the terms of reference and submit a Board of Directors Expression of Interest form.

Board Members

Bryan Woo, President

Combining his background in music and experience in business, Bryan joined the Arts Club Theatre Company in 2005, and is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing. Over his tenure, he has focused on innovative data-driven strategies to grow audiences and patron loyalty and improve the intrinsic impact of the art for both patrons and artists. Bryan is also on the Board of Directors of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture and is a regular presenter at the Tessitura Learning & Community Conference.


Belle Cheung, Treasurer

Belle comes from a background in arts administration and is a professional trained stage manager for theatre, opera, and live events. She is currently a Social/Cultural Planner with the City of Vancouver's Chinatown Transformation Team, part of a specialized team working towards UNESCO World Heritage Status for Chinatown. Belle’s work sits at the intersection of arts and culture, and advocates for race, cultural histories, and representation as important factors in arts and cultural policies in order to accurately represent Canada’s demographics. Belle currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT), and previously served on the City of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Committee.

Ace Martens, Director

Ace is a Vancouver based theatre practitioner and interdisciplinary performer. Working primarily for the Arts Club Theatre, Ace has helped to create over 100 local productions as a TD/PM and occasional designer. Ace also designs the sets and props and stage manages for Paul Anthony's Talent Time - a local variety/comedy TV show that now features on Amazon Prime. In addition to his work in the theatre, Ace is active in Vancouver as a musician releasing and performing his own music and performance art, as well as part of an experimental music duo Echuta. Ace hopes that with the GVPTA he can help be an advocate for safe work practices and fair pay compensation in theatre.

Nicole McLuckie, Director

Nicole is delighted to be part of the board of the GVPTA. Since 2013, she’s been the Director of Patron Development at The Cultch. Prior to that she spent nine years at the Arts Club Theatre Company in communications and sales. She loves the arts and her one-eyed Boston, Murphy.





The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) strives to strengthen the local theatre industry. We do this through providing services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and our annual theatre conference. Together with our members we are raising the profile of local theatre and building community.

At GVPTA, we acknowledge that our organization is located on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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