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.
Martin is the Managing Director at the Firehall Arts Centre. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University’s Arts and Media Management program in 1997. His first role was at the Showroom Cinema/DocFest, where he started by popping popcorn, before moving into Box Office/Front of House Management and then Marketing. He has worked in a variety of arts and media management roles since moving to Canada in 2006, mostly working in live performance arts with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Lions Gate Sinfonia, Presentation House Theatre and Vancouver Fringe Festival. He has a passion for the arts, and theatre in particular, and is honoured to be working with the team at the Firehall Arts Centre.
Jessica is a bit of a nomad in the arts and tourism industry, having done museum work in the past at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, then navigating in customer service at the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. What she enjoys most about working in customer service is being able to share the spaces she loves with visitors and patrons. She was very excited to join the Firehall team, not only to work more in the arts and with such a close-knit team, but to be a part of a unique non-profit that is such a pinnacle of community theatre in the city.
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 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.
Marketing & Communications Director
Heather’s passion for arts marketing stems from her desire to create meaningful connections between programming and people. A graduate of both the UBC School of Music (BMus, Ethnomusicology) and Capilano University (Advanced Arts & Entertainment Management Certificate), Heather earned her stripes as an administrative & marketing contractor bouncing around Vancouver’s festival scene before settling into successive staff positions at Coastal Jazz (presenters of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival). She’s thrilled to be joining the Firehall team and supporting dynamic, culturally relevant theatre in such a beautiful historic building. In her downtime, you can find her keeping her hands busy making prints/rugs/jewellery/complicated food, walking her dog Pepper, playing trumpet, and watching bad television.