Occupation: Executive Director of the University of Alberta Museums
By day I am the Executive Director of the University of Alberta Museums where I’m exposed to millions of really cool artifacts and specimens while working with many brilliant and creative curatorial staff, researchers, students and community members. My experience working in the arts and cultural worlds coupled with an early exposure to and love of the creative works of Catalyst Theatre in the late 1980s led me to apply for a position on the Board in 2010. I am passionately dedicated to the Catalyst Theatre vision and hope that many, many more community members will also become supporters of this vision. I happily live in Old Strathcona with my husband Larry (long-time supporter of Catalyst) and our two dogs (not yet supporters of Catalyst….)
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Occupation: Lawyer for the Federal Department of Justice
I am a lifelong Edmontonian. I have enjoyed attending a wide variety of theatrical productions in Edmonton starting with children’s plays put on at Victoria School for the Arts. The wonder and excitement of Aladdin’s magic lamp on that small school stage is the first live theatre I can recall and it left me with a strong desire to see more. My single theatrical effort was when two young girlfriends and I tried staging a production while bouncing on rough planks at the beach for siblings and neighbours at our summer cottage at Pigeon Lake. The effort was not a success, and I eventually pursued a career in Law, where the court room turned out to be a theatre of its own. I enjoy theatre both locally and on travels to London, Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Seattle, San Francisco and New York City. Reading plays and taking in theatrical productions have been an important part of my learning about other cultures. I have a strong interest in diversity and inclusion, previously serving on the boards of non profit disability organizations and I currently volunteer at a poverty law clinic. I have enjoyed the creative works of Catalyst Theatre and feeling that same magic. A desire to support Catalyst Theatre in the thriving arts community of Edmonton led me to apply to join the board.
Occupation: Director, Water Regulatory and Shared Services, Epcor Utilities INC
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Occupation: U of A Law School, Graduating 2019
Frankenstein was the first Catalyst production I ever saw, and I immediately fell in love with the company. Each moment of a Catalyst production is meticulously constructed: text, movement, lights, and sound are all aligned to produce an inspiring and indescribable show. I am very happy to be on the board of Catalyst and I am excited to see the company continue to produce incredible work.
I am inspired to volunteer for an arts organization because of the passion and transformative magic of the arts. Take a black box, add a stage, costumes, performers, a script and you are instantly somewhere else. I can’t sing, act or dance but I have been enthralled by the process of it that I have vowed to use the skills I do have to make sure the beauty, and inspiration of it can be shared by others. I love the experience of seeing something live, sharing the space and experience with others. I love watching it, then not having it exist as soon as it is over. It’s your moment based on your thoughts, mood, and experiences but influenced by actors, words, music and the audience. It is a moment that is only left to exist in your memory. It is fleeting but permanent or you can forget it and throw it away.
Member At Large
Occupation: Director, Sales & Marketing – Everest Development Group, Edmonton
Occupation: Artistic Director