Our Team

In addition to the many artists who grace our stage, we have a dedicated team of staff, contractors, volunteers, and board members who help make the Firehall special.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We are grateful to our Board of Directors, who volunteer their time and expertise to help us move forward.

Chris May

President

Chris has planned, managed, and provided strategic direction for major live events in hundreds of cities across the globe. He is driven by the belief that audience and artist experience is the key to any successful event. Ensuring unforgettable memories and a world-class product has kept him in this industry his entire life.

Erin Windross

Secretary of the Board

Prior to joining as a Director in late 2019, Erin worked with the Board to shape the Firehall’s five-year strategic plan with his colleague David Cooper. He is passionate about the performing arts and the vitality it brings to urban communities.

Jo Swann

Treasurer

Jo is an avid theatre and arts supporter, and a recent retiree from a lifetime career in Information Technology. For her last 24 working-years, Jo was co-owner and Vice President of a software development company in Richmond BC, responsible for Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, and Software Implementation.

Karen Marler

Director at Large

Karen has been a member of the Firehall Arts Centre board since February 2019. Karen is an architect and principal with the transdisciplinary firm, hcma Architecture + Design. She is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Cascadia Green Building Council. She believes that better buildings, created by leveraging the power of design, contribute to a better, stronger, and healthier communities.

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Lindsay Chen

Director at Large

Lindsay is passionate about supporting the arts in Vancouver and has served on the Firehall Board since November 2019. Her professional experience includes over 15 years of live and digital event management and production as well as over 10 years in various marketing roles. Currently, she leads marketing and communications at a global engineering firm.

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Jacqui Mendes

Director at Large

Giving back as a volunteer board member is one of Jacqui’s personal commitments, and she has served on non-profit community boards to support the arts, affordable housing and seniors. Jacqui is currently the Executive Director of the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) which provides legal assistance to address the critical needs of those who are disadvantaged or facing discrimination in BC.

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Natasha Himer

Director at Large

Natasha joined the Board in late 2021. Natasha is committed to giving back to the community and serving as a volunteer on non-profit community-based boards. She sees a strong role for arts and culture in promoting local social and economic goals and vibrant communities.

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Emily Lord

Director at Large

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Kelly Samuels

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Bob Hollier

STAFF

Our people are the heart of what we do! Our staff are dedicated, talented, connected, and amazing.

Donna Spencer

Artistic Producer

dspencer@firehallartscentre.ca

Donna Spencer is the Artistic Producer of the Firehall Arts Centre and was one of the Firehall’s founding directors. She is the winner of the Jessie Richardson Outstanding Direction Award for Urinetown, the Musical and for Reading Hebron. Her many theatre directorial credits include Mary’s Wedding, Yellow Fever, REFUGE, Social Studies, Vimy, Stuff Happens, Einstein’s Gift, Golden Child, Menopositive The Musical!, The Yoko Ono Project, Wawatay, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe and many others.

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Jessica Gerlach

General Manager

Jethro Allen-Martin

Technical Director

td@firehallartscentre.ca

Jethro Allen-Martin is a technician and technical director. He is an alumni of Vancouver Island University’s technical theatre program and is now based in Vancouver. They have lived and worked in the city in a variety of rolls for the past six years. Jethro is very excited for the opportunity to work and play at the Firehall Arts Centre.

Rick Chung

Marketing Director

marketing@firehallartscentre.ca

Rick comes to theatre after years of covering local arts and culture. He studied Political Science at UBC and Broadcast Journalism at BCIT before starting a career in media at CBC. He has also covered lifestyle and events for a variety of outlets. Rick then moved into marketing roles for organizations like the GVPTA and Carousel Theatre for Young People before arriving at Firehall.

Charlie Beaver

House Technician

Charlie is an uninvited settler on Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish land. Charlie was born in England but was natured and nurtured on the Gulf Islands. He knows a lot about moss, mushroom hunting, and gluten-free foods. A graduate of Studio 58’s Production Program, Charlie is honoured to facilitate incredible art at the Firehall.

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Daniela Vega

Administration & Marketing Coordinator

The Firehall is where my family’s stories began to be told again.
Rosemary Georgeson
Sahtu Dene & Coast Salish Artist, Writer, Storyteller

We’re Grateful to Be Here.

The Firehall Arts Centre is located on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations where they lived and gathered together for thousands of years. Acknowledging their connections to these lands is a significant part of what the Firehall considers when choosing the productions and presentations we undertake and how that work shapes and impacts those around us. We ask our community to reflect on what being present here means to you and those around you.