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Kenji Maeda
Executive Director

Kenji is the artsVest B.C. Program Manager for Business for the Arts, which is a sponsorship training program for arts organizations across the province. He has had the opportunity to lead workshops and work with more than 100 arts organizations to strategize private sector partnerships within the arts. For five years he was the Executive Director of DOXA Documentary Film Festival. He has worked in film, tv, and theatre and is a Jessie Award recipient.


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’s 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.

Aliyah Amarshi, Treasurer

Aliyah is thrilled to be part of the Board of the GVPTA and the work that it’s embarking upon to connect community and embed the values of pluralism into the fabric of our dynamic and inspiring industry. She was Managing Director at Carousel Theatre for Young People and currently provides management consulting services to theatre companies and a food manufacturer (there are more commonalities than you’d think!). An MBA graduate from the Sauder School of Business (UBC), Aliyah is also a Board Member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, a Member of the Ismaili Council for BC, and an avid explorer of the world.

Kate Stadel, DIRECTOR

Community leader, arts administrator, and director Kate Stadel believes in the power of theatre to transform individuals and communities. As Business Development Coordinator of the City of New Westminster’s Anvil Centre Theatre, Kate develops results-oriented strategic business planning to grow this modern and vibrant community gathering place. She earned her BFA in Directing from the University of Victoria and previously served in strategic roles at Simon Fraser University’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, the Arts Club Theatre Company, and Toronto’s The Second City. You can learn more about Kate at Katestadel.com

C.E. (Chris) Gatchalian, Director

Chris is a playwright, author and theatre producer whose plays have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television. Recent work includes his play for young audiences, People Like Vince, which was commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre, and Falling in Time, which premiered in Vancouver in November 2011 and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers' Trust of Canada to an LGBT writer of merit. He is currently Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.




We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.


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 traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.