President and Treasurer: Kenji Maeda
Kenji is artsVest BC Program Manager for Business for the Arts, and the CEO of Production Heads Network, which operates the leading online resource for local actors, Vancouver Actor's Guide. For five years he was the Executive Director of DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Western Canada's largest documentary festival. Kenji has worked in film, TV and theatre as a performer and producer in Vancouver, including Neworld Theatre's participatory play about sexual health, Are We There Yet?, which garnered him a Jessie Richardson Award.
Secretary: Aliyah Amarshi
Aliyah Amarshi is the Managing Director at Carousel Theatre for Young People, an organization that ignites the imaginations of the young and young-at-heart through theatre. She is excited to be part of the Board of the GVPTA and the work that it’s embarking upon to connect community and champion diversity.
Director: Bryan Woo
Combining his background in music and experience in business, Bryan joined the Arts Club Theatre Company in 2005, and is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing. Over his tenure, he’s focused on data-driven segmentation strategies to increase audiences and patron loyalty and improve the intrinsic impact of the art for both patrons and artists. Bryan also volunteers as Treasurer for the Granville Island Business & Community Association and on the planning committee for the Tessitura Learning & Community Conference.
Director: C.E. (Chris) Gatchalian
Chris is a playwright, author and theatre producer whose plays have appeared on stages nationally and internationally, as well as on radio and television. Recent work includes his play for young audiences, People Like Vince, which was commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre, and Falling in Time, which premiered in Vancouver in November 2011 and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers' Trust of Canada to an LGBT writer of merit. He is currently Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Director: Eric Lowe
Not having a theatre background didn’t stop Eric from joining the GVPTA board. “As a lifelong musician, and Marketing Manager at Arts Umbrella, I know just how important a thriving theatre community is to the arts scene in Metro Vancouver.” A career marketer, Eric’s extensive marketing communication experience will be an asset to the alliance.
Director: Pedro Chamale
Pedro is a first generation Canadian theatre artist born and raised in Northern BC; he relocated to Vancouver and received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Pedro has been a performer/collaborator on such projects as The Walking Projects: Vancouver, Crawling, Weeping, Betting (Battery Opera), Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre), The Show Must Go On and Poetics: a ballet brute (PuSh Festival), and has worked behind the scenes with companies such as: Leaky Heaven, Boca del Lupo, and The Only Animal. He’s been a director, performer, playwright and more for Rice & Beans Theatre since its inception, and is currently its Co-artistic Director.