Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
GVPTA is committed to being an organization where equity, diversity, and inclusion are not only valued, but embodied in all of our programs, activities, and the decisions we make.
Beyond our membership, we are responsible and accountable to the community as a whole; this community extends beyond those working in theatre, crossing disciplines and sectors. By working to remove physical, social, and economic barriers to participation, we aim to make our programming and activities accessible to all theatre artists and arts workers.
Who We Are
Kenji Maeda (he/him)
Kenji’s experiences are diverse and grounded in his passion for the arts, education, and building community, and influenced by his Uchinanchu heritage. In addition to his role at GVPTA, Kenji is the Project Director for SEARA (Sector Equity for Anti-Racism in the Arts), and an arts and culture consultant. He currently sits on the board of Mass Culture, a national organization where research and the cultural sector intersect, and an alum of the Banff Centre's Cultural Leadership Program. He was previously the artsvest BC Program Manager, the Executive Director of DOXA Documentary Film Festival, has worked in film, TV, and theatre and is a Jessie Award recipient.
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Amanda Peters (she/her)
Associate Executive Director
Amanda is an arts administrator with a particular interest in arts service organizations. Her freelance and consulting work involves arts and cultural project management and communications, and she's interested in building resources and tools as well as research that can support the non-profit arts and culture sector in BC. Amanda previously worked with the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture as Director of Communications, and is Past President of CARFAC BC, the collective voice for professional visual artists in British Columbia, and is a visual artist and designer.
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Mishelle Cuttler (she/her)
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Rick Chung (he/him)
Social Media Lead
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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.
Nicole McLuckie (she/her)
Nicole is delighted to be part of the board of the GVPTA. Nicole has been with The Cultch since 2013, previously as Director of Patron Development and now as the Associate Executive Director. Prior to The Cultch, she spent nine years at the Arts Club Theatre Company as Group Sales Associate and Communications Manager. Nicole loves the arts and her one-eyed Boston, Murphy.
Belle Cheung 張芷彤 (she/her)
Belle Cheung 張芷彤 (she/her) is an immigrant settler from Hong Kong with a background in arts administration and stage management for theatre, opera, and live events. Belle currently works for the City of Vancouver, focused on the intersections between arts and culture, urban planning, cultural heritage, and community development. Her work is rooted in equity and anti-racism, and advocates for race, cultural histories, and representation as important factors in the arts and culture sector. Belle has been with the GVPTA since 2018, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.
Ace Martens (he/him)
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 is now Arts Club Theatre's Director of Production.
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.
Bryan Woo (he/him)
Bryan Woo is a cross-sector change leader who lifts entrepreneurial capacity for mission-driven impact. From his career successes in arts and culture to data-driven results in community housing, Bryan's innovative leadership transforms and propels organizations to achieve strategic excellence. As Managing Director for the British Columbia Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA), Bryan drives comprehensive organizational strategies through his collaborative, relational, and analytical approach to accomplish mission and vision. As Director of Sales & Marketing with the Arts Club Theatre Company, Bryan generated career revenues of over $50 million through loyalty retention and customer satisfaction. Bryan also held strategic roles with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the National Research Council. Bryan also serves on the board of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and is the board Treasurer of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture.