Meet the GVPTA's Board Members! This month, we sat down with Bryan Woo, President of the GVPTA and Director of Sales and Marketing at Arts Club Theatre and asked him some questions to get to know him better.
Hi Bryan! Tell us a bit about yourself - What do you do for a living and why?
Bryan: I’m the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Arts Club Theatre Company. Originally, I aspired to be a high school music educator. After working with the federal government and Vancouver 2010, I began a career in arts administration. When I’m walking through the halls of the BMO Theatre Centre and hear musicians and vocalists practicing, I’m transported back to my days at UBC Music, which I remember fondly.
What compelled you to be on the GVPTA board and why is supporting the
theatre community important to you?
Bryan: "A rising tide raises all ships.” Volunteering with the GVPTA helps provide me with a wider lens as to how all of our voices together build community. When we’re all successful, we’re all successful.
Describe a memorable theatre experience, past or recent, that made an impression on you?
Bryan: I have a personal affinity towards the Arts Club’s 2005/2006 production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It was my first production as an arts administrator (group sales specifically) and I vividly recall the elation of so many young patrons attending theatre for the first time. Now, many of these same youths have entered our education programs or work placements and recount the inspiration that was hatched by that production of Beauty and the Beast.
When you're not working or volunteering on the GVPTA board,
what else do you have going on?
Bryan: I was asked this question during my original Arts Club interview. I panicked and blurted out the one hobby that I had kept under wrap until then—I’m a 10-pin bowler.
What show are you're looking forward to seeing in the coming months?
Bryan: The greatest show that our community comes together annually for—the Jessie Awards! The trajectory of our seasons pinnacle that evening with an immense amount of celebration and accomplishment. There is no greater proof (than at the Jessies) that theatre is strong, vibrant, and thriving in Greater Vancouver!
To learn more about our Board Members, check out our site here.