Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)

Our Mission

The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) is committed to strengthening the local theatre industry. 

GVPTA is a non-profit charitable organization whose membership includes theatre companies, theatre makers and artists, and other organizations and individuals that support theatre. We provide services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and hold an annual theatre conference. 

Together with our members we are raising the profile of local theatre and building community. 
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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

Our Staff
Our Board
Our Staff

Kenji Maeda (he/him/his)
​Executive Director

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. Reach Kenji at

Amanda Peters (she/her/hers)
Communications Manager

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 creating resources and tools that support the non-profit arts and culture sector in BC.  Amanda has had the pleasure of working with a number of arts organizations, including 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. Reach Amanda at

Rick Chung (he/him/his)
Communications Assistant

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. Reach Rick at
Our Board

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.

Bryan Woo (he/him/his)

As a successful data-driving business development leader, Bryan cultivates and nurtures member and stakeholder engagement through analytical leadership, collaboration, and relationship-building. With 17 years of experience in cultural administration and a degree in music, Bryan generated $50 million in career ticket revenue at the Arts Club Theatre Company through loyalty retention and customer satisfaction. Currently, Bryan is the Director of Partnerships & Programs for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association—the trade association for 70,000 units of affordable housing in B.C.—and is the Board Finance Chair of the B.C. Alliance for Arts + Culture. 

Belle Cheung (she/her/hers)

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.

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Jasmine Chen (she/her/hers)

Jasmine is a second-generation Chinese immigrant and multidisciplinary artist based in the unceded lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and T’karonto (The Dish with One Spoon Territory). She makes and supports multilingual interdisciplinary work that pushes for linguistic and formal diversity.  Jasmine's work as a director, performer, educator and creator has engaged with communities from coast to coast in repertory festivals, independent theatres, regional and outdoor theatres. At the core of her work is her dedication to community building and facilitating connection. Jasmine is a recipient of the Gina Wilkinson Award, Stratford Festival Jean Gascon Award, and is a Dora Award Nominee.  She is the Artistic and Community Producer at Gateway Theatre in Richmond.

Ace Martens (he/him/his)

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.

Nicole McLuckie (she/her/hers)

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 in communications and sales. Nicole loves the arts and her one-eyed Boston, Murphy.

Karen Ranalletta (she/her/hers)

Active in B.C.'s labour movement, Karen is President of CUPE BC. She previously served as CUPE BC's Vice President for three terms, and as President of CUPE 2950 (representing more than 1500 clerical and library workers at the University of British Columbia). Karen represents CUPE BC as an Officer (Vice President) of the BC Federation of Labour and chairs the BC Fed's Health and Safety Committee. She also serves as a regional Vice President for BC on the CUPE National Executive Board. She sits on the Board of Directors for the BC Labour Heritage Centre, an organization dedicated to preserving and championing working people's history in B.C. She is a passionate advocate who believes that theatre and the arts are vital to thriving democracies and resilient communities. 

GVPTA's History

Interested in learning more about why the GVPTA was created and what we've done over the years? 

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Our Supporters

GVPTA acknowledges the support of the following:

BC Arts Council and Province of BC logo
City of Vancouver Cultural Services logo
Vancouver Foundation logo