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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.

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.

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.

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.

Janine Guy, Director

Joining the GVPTA Board in 2018, Janine works full time at Classic Impressions, and is involved on and off stage with community theatre. The connection between these 3 things – a vehement love of theatre! Spending 10 years working professionally with Print and Direct Mail, Janine has helped stretch the budgets and grow the audiences of a variety of non-profits (including Theatre). With a great eye for marketing and missed opportunity, Janine wants to make sure that no seat goes empty, and no budget falls short. Janine performed in August 2018 as ‘Chris Gorman’ in Rumors (Beach House Theatre)

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 hope that with his time spent for the GVPTA he can help be an advocate for safe work practices and fair pay compensation in the 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.

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

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.