Chapter Director Craig is a teacher for the Surrey School District and a member of IATSE Local 118. Craig has won numerous awards for his work directing and designing youth theatre productions. He has been the President for the Surrey Drama Teachers' Association and the ABCDE Surrey Zone Representative for the past 10 years. He has been a member of the Educational Theatre Association since 2009. Craig holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Education from The University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre Production from Central Washington University. He is also the troupe director of troupe #8854 at North Surrey Secondary.
Chief Financial Officer/Webmaster & PTO Co-Coordinator Dana is currently a teacher for the Surrey School District and a technician for IATSE Local 118. He also serves as a member of Vancouver Opera's Educational Advisor Committee and a Director at Large for B.C's Chapter of the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology. Theatre has been a major part of his life since he joined his high school's theatre tech team in the 10th grade and instantly fell in love with it. Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University with a double minor in Fine & Performing Arts and Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education from The University of British Columbia.
Educational Theatre Association - International Rep. Hans provides strategic and operational oversight for all external relations and partnerships through membership, chapters, alumni and business development. Hans also serves as the producer for special events for the Education Theatre Foundation. the fundraising arm of the EdTA.
BC PTF Theatre Manager Glen Pope is currently a teacher for the Surrey School District and he has taught drama and stagecraft for over 20 years. He has taught in both the public and private system and he is a former International Baccalaureate DP theatre teacher. He is currently the education representative for the BC section of the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology. He has his MA in theatre from WWU and a BEd in Drama from UofA.
Secretary & CMC - Community Meetings Coordinator Joan MacLean is a teacher, musician and actor living in Vancouver. She has degrees in Education, Music and Theatre. After appearing on stage all over North America for many years with Kim Leard's Story Theatre Company, she also performed for years in Vancouver. When she first moved to Vancouver, she built and ran a theatre training program for "at risk" youth in the Downtown Eastside at Station Street Arts Centre. Shortly after becoming a mom, Joan played several roles over many years in the long running hit comedy Mom's The Word. She wrote some of the music for and performed in an original clown musical called Thirty Nine and Ticking by Sharon Heath. Joan teaches Drama at Moscrop Secondary in Burnaby, troupe #9002.
Unified College Auditions Coordinator for BC Mark Rossiter is currently in his 8th year teaching in the Surrey School District. He is the Arts Department Head for Fleetwood Park Secondary, and the Theater Company Director for the Dragon Tales Theater Company - Thespian Troupe #8999. In their first 3 years of existence, the Theater Company has successfully produced Game of Tiaras, The Lonely Hearts Club, Into The Woods (Musical), The Outsiders, and Pride and Prejudice. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia with a Major in English and a Minor in Psychology. He also holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from Simon Fraser University.
Canada Wide Student Zoom Playwriting Competition Coordinator Nikki teaches for the Surrey School District and is also a member of the Association of British Columbia Drama Educators and Educational Theatre Association.
Frederick Wong, CPA
Director of Accounting & PTO Co-Coordinator Fred is an accountant by profession, with a deep love and passion for theatre. He specializes in sales/indirect tax issues at BDO Canada LLP, particularly with respect to advisory and operational reviews for charities and not for profits in Greater Vancouver. Fred was heavily involved in youth arts in the Tri-Cities and considers theatre as a major influence and formative experience. Fred holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
BC North - Regional Coordinator Caroljoy has taught drama at Cedars Christian School in Prince George, BC for several years and feels passionately about helping people of all ages be empowered to find their voice and "shine" through drama. Caroljoy also owns SHINE! Speech Arts & Drama where she teaches students from pre-schoolers to teens. Her students perform monologues, duologues, poetry, prose, and mime in the local festival, and her students have gone on to compete in Provincial competition with Performing Arts BC. She also serves as an adjudicator at Speech Arts & Drama festivals and prepares students for RCM practical and theory exams in Speech Arts & Drama. She has a BA in Philosophy Cum Laude with a minor in the Social Sciences from Wheaton College.
BC Interior - Regional Coordinator Tara Fairbrother has been a Drama Educator in School District 73 Kamloops Thompson for 15 years in both Secondary and Middle Schools. In that time, her favourite thing about it is seeing the pride of young artists as they perform their work for their communities and peers. Tara also loves directing and creating devised theatre which has been one of the cornerstones of her program at Brock Middle School for the last 5 years. Tara is happy to be the regional coordinator for the Interior Region alongside her colleague Marietta Magliocchi. This is the time for educators in the performance realm to rise like the phoenix out of this worldwide pandemic, and allow student performances to take place in new ways and with renewed vigor. Let’s break some legs!
BC Interior - Regional Coordinator Marietta Magliocchi has a Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees with a major in English and minor in Theatre (major in Theatre was not yet available) and has been teaching in Kamloops with the School District #73 since 2005. After four years of TTOCing and term certain positions, she received a continuing teaching position at Valleyview Secondary school in 2009. From then on, she has worked hard to create and build up a Theatre program at Valleyview Secondary School. Since 2009, she has directed five play productions including the beloved Anne of Green Gables, and four musicals including Grease! Due to the pandemic, the 10th production, Puffs, based on a popular wizard school (shhh cannot reveal the real name due to rights), was postponed until 2022. When Marietta is not busy teaching or directing, she loves to bake with her 8 year old daughter, go on bike rides, read, and spend time with her family.
Fraser Valley - Regional Coordinator Shannon has been performing her entire life being cast in a variety of productions from a young age and into high school. Shannon took the Acting program at Douglas college, receiving an associate degree with a Major in Theatre. This is where she deepened her love of the Arts and knew she wanted to use this passion in her future. She continued in Acting at Trinity Western University (TWU), receiving a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Theatre. It was at TWU that she directed her first production under the instruction of Angela Conrad. She completed her Bachelor of Education at Simon Fraser University with a Major in Curriculum and Instruction.
Shannon has taught for over nine years in a variety of teaching positions but has always come back to her love of the Arts and worked to incorporate this into her work. Most recently she is working as a Drama teacher at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School where she has directed student self-written productions for the district festivals as well as worked on dinner theatre for their schools' main stage production, most recently Cage Birds by David Campton. Shannon is excited to be joining the BC Thespians and to see how it can continue to grow a passion for the arts in young people in our region.
Vancouver Island - Regional Coordinator Adrienne Smook is a theatre educator, director, voice coach, and actor based in Lekwungen Territory, Victoria BC. She is the Senior School Theatre Teacher and Service Coordinator in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Glenlyon Norfolk School. Some of her favourite directing credits at GNS include The Sound of Music, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and Spamalot. As a professional actor, Adrienne has had leading roles with companies such as Theatre Calgary, Vertigo Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, and the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. Adrienne provides voice and accent coaching to individuals across the country, and to local theatres such as the Belfry Theatre. Adrienne holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta, and an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK.