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New Members for BC Arts Council

Thursday, August 02, 2018 1:26 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

Five new members have been appointed to the BC Arts Council board and one member has had his term renewed.

The arts council board, appointed by Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare, represents diverse cultural and artistic communities throughout British Columbia. 

The new appointees to the board are:

  • José Delgado-Guevara – concert master of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and owner of Delgado Strings. Delgado-Guevara has held principal positions in several orchestras in the United States, Europe and Canada.
  • Phillip Djwa – president and chief executive officer of Agentic Digital Media in Vancouver. Djwa is a creative technologist and interactive strategist with many years of experience in interactive design, digital media and film/TV for Indigenous peoples, progressive organizations and social venture companies.
  • Patricia Henman – professional actor, producer and director working throughout Canada. Henman serves as director of the Capital Theatre Society and the Amy Ferguson Institute in Nelson, B.C.
  • Norman Armour – international development manager for North America for the Australia Council for the Arts. Co-founder of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Armour served as its artistic and executive director for many years. Armour is an external advisory member of the Office of Cultural Affairs and a member of the Arts and Culture Policy Council for the City of Vancouver.
  • Simone Orlando – artistic director and chief executive officer of Ballet Kelowna. She has worked as a choreographer and received numerous commissions, including commissions from Ballet BC, Ballet Kelowna and Toronto Dance Theatre.

Reappointment to the board:

  • Derral Moriyama – senior vice president of business development for Western Canada at Bank of Montreal and accounting firm MNP.

The BC Arts Council is funded by the provincial government. From professional dance companies to art galleries, local museums and music festivals, the council works to enrich the lives of everyone in B.C.




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.