Meet the GVPTA's Board Members! This month, we chatted with Kate Stadel, Director of the GVPTA and Business Development Coordinator of the City of New Westminster's Anvil Centre Theatre to get to know her better.
Hello Kate, tell us a bit about yourself - What do you do for a living and why?
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
What compelled you to be on the GVPTA board and why is supporting the theatre community important to you?
Kate: GVPTA is a useful vital part of Theatre in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Its an excellent place to connect with like-minded people on both a professional and personal level. I enjoy sharing information and keeping up to date on what the other organizations and practitioners are up to. I like learning about others best practices in box office s, front of house, staffing, volunteers, janitorial, operational standards and shared challenges. When we all come together and share, we can come to common resolutions which benefit the community and forward the art.
Describe a memorable theatre experience, past or recent, that made an impression on you? Kate: My first year working at the Arts Club I went and saw “Nevermore” by Catalyst theatre as part of PuSh. The show had such amazing design and storytelling. I was sitting dead house centre by myself and recall the feeling of complete disbelief I was in a theatre when the lights came up for intermission. I had become so engrossed in the performance I had forgotten I was viewing a show with other people sitting around me.
When you're not working or volunteering on the GVPTA board,
what else do you have going on?
Kate: My family and I enjoy loads of local activities on weekends. I also wind down by creating pottery for a few hours a week. I’ll be starting work on a new pod cast where myself and Thomas Gage discuss theatre.
To learn more about our Board Members, check out our site here.