Our Staff

Donna Spencer
Artistic Producer

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.


Jillian Perry
Artistic Associate and Production Manager

Jillian is thrilled to be working at The Firehall  as the Artistic Associate and Production Manager. She is a Jesse Richardson award winning Stage Manager for Significant Artistic Achievement: Outstanding Stage Manager in Theatre for Young Audiences.
Firehall Arts Centre: Touring across Canada with 5 seasons Chelsea Hotel The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, Dead Metaphor, Proud, Urinetown the Musical , Circle Game (Firehall Arts Centre and Tour with Arts Club), and most recently The Amaryllis.
Past Stage Management highlights include touring across BC with Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish, touring Canada and internationally to China with Somebody Loves You Mr Hatch (Axis Theatre) and the USA with Robinson Crusoe and Friday(Axis Theatre), O’wet, Lost Lagoon (Alley Theatre) Terminus and Visions of Vancouver (Pi Theatre) Elbow Room Café (Zee Zee Theatre, The Cultch), 5@50 (Zee Zee Theatre, Ruby Slippers), My Funny Valentine, Nelly Boy and Whale Riding Weather (Zee Zee Theatre) Jillian has been working as a Tour Stage Manager for the last 3 years with Axis Theatre.


Charlie Beaver
House Technician

Charlie is an uninvited settler on Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish land.
Charlie was born in England, but spent most of his delinquency eating granola on the Gulf Islands, with sticks in his hair and moss between his toes. He is eternally grateful for the nature, nurture, and love that define his life. A recent graduate of Studio 58’s Production Program, Charlie is honoured to be facilitating incredible art at the Firehall. He can’t wait to share this space with artists, audiences, and all the incredible people who make it happen. When he’s not in the booth trying to organise all of the Firehall’s cables (again), Charlie’s recharging with his houseplants and a big pile of books at home.



Talya Nakkas
Administrative Coordinator

Talya is from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and has lived in Montreal, Aix-en-Provence and Istanbul before settling down in beautiful Vancouver. She obtained her bachelor’s in linguistics and philosophy from McGill and started working in education and the arts. When she’s not working at Firehall, you can find her panicking about her graphic design assignments, roller skating at Sunset beach or taking pictures in downtown. Talya is thrilled to be a part of Firehall Arts Centre and Dancing on the Edge festival by providing administrative support.