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 and her many theatre directorial credits include 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. Spencer has collaboratively created three plays – Walking the Tightrope, Mainstream and Opening Doors as well as writing the contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. She is currently working on the collaborative creation of a new musical, Gold Mountain/Turtle Island. She is the recipient of a Jessie Richardson Award for Multicultural Innovation in the Theatre and the Jessie Richardson Career Achievement Award. She was awarded the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre in 2012 and recognized by the B.C. Achievement Foundation for her theatre and dance works. She is a member of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. Ms. Spencer is, also, the Producer of the annual Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance, which will celebrate its 30th festival in July 2018.
Susan Shank’s love of theatre and the arts has spanned her entire life. Soon after securing her BA from Simon Fraser University, with a concentration in Theatre, she became the producer of a multidisciplinary festival for Development Arts Society (DAS), which ran for five years. Shank’s next role was Fine Arts Programmer at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, where she held the position for seven years before accepting her most creative and challenging job to date: motherhood. During this sleep-deprived time, Susan honed her bookkeeping and administrative skills, and worked part-time with such organizations as Touchstone Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Theatre for Living, and the Firehall Arts Centre. Now that Susan’s children are teenagers, she is excited to be immersing herself at the Firehall Arts Centre as the venue’s General Manager.
Assistant to the General Manager
Manager of Very Good Dogs
While some dogs eat your homework, Wookie does it for you. A dedicated worker and even more dedicated walk-taker, Wookie brings an unlimited amount of love and tail wags to the Firehall team. Wookie practices meditation in the form of long naps in the doorway of Donna’s office. Her long list of skills includes sits, paw-shakes, and therapeutic snuggles with the actors.
Cheyenne Mabberley is an actress, designer and writer from Vancouver BC. Trained at Studio 58, Cheyenne is best known for her show, “The After After Party” which picked up the Critics’ Choice Award (The Georgia Straight), the CULTCHivating the Fringe Award (Vancouver Fringe), and Pick of the Fringe for 2016. Her produced plays include Karaoke: The Musical (Studio 58), The New Years Party, The After Party (Pull Festival) The Tiebreaker & The Bush Party (Theatre SKAM.) Cheyenne is also a makeup FX artist & costumer, having worked for Vancouver companies such as Arts Club, Pacific, and Green Thumb. Catch her in Lady Parts this year as part of Pi Theatre’s Provocateurs Series.
Assistant to the Marketing Coordinator
Good Boy in Training
Lou is a 7 month old mutt with a lot of personality. He enjoys long walks on the beach, eating fluff off the floor, and snuggles with anyone who will give him attention. He is currently working on his Good Boy Behaviour and is a graduate of Dogsmart Puppy School with a Bachelor’s in Howling.
Customer Services Coordinator
Victoria grew up as being a hybrid of a theatre “brat” and military ‘brat”. Her mother is an organized stage manager for processional theatre and her father, a creative combat photographer for the Canadian military. She appreciates everyone is more then what they seem, and the theatre goer is credited the same, and wants more then just the mainstream has to offer. She’s been with the Firehall since 2012, she started as a intern and is very proud to represent the Firehall every night for our work that highlights and supports Canada’s multiculturalism. She’s also has worked on shows at the Firehall, the two runs of Jessie award winning “Proud”, Drew Hayden Taylor’s “God and the Indian”, Kid Gloves. She has also worked on last seasons smash hit “The Wolves” (Stone’s Throw Production), Glenngary Glen Ross (Classic Chic), This Stays in the Room(remounted by PTC and Radix Theatre),The Secret Mask (Presentation House), Cool Beans (Solo Collective), Pull Festival (Sum Theatre), The Particulars (The EASTWALL/Railtown Cultural Eclective). Victoria also spent 6 years with Hoarse Raven Theatre doing “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding”.
Larissa is a fine artist working in blown glass, ceramics, and other sculptural media. She has exhibited extensively in BC and Alberta. In 2016, she completed her first public art project for Vancity. For 2018, she is working on her first curatorial project, and her first independent grant project. Larissa seeks connections with all types of artists, and is enthusiastic to support the theatre community.
Box Office Supervisor