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Board of Directors

Lois Dawson is a Vancouver-based stage & production manager. Her stage management credits have ranged from original musicals to site-specific spectacle, from Swiss opera to the Fringe festival, and from one-person political comedy to the Olympics. She is the president of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, sits on the national stage management committee for CAEA, and is a graduate of Trinity Western University. She can be found online at www.LoisBackstage.com or @SMLois.


yvette-nolanYvette Nolan is a playwright, director and dramaturg who works across Canada and the United States. From 2003-2011 she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. Her book Medicine Shows, about Indigenous theatre in Canada was published in 2015. She is an artistic associate with Signal Theatre.


brian-quirtBrian Quirt is Artistic Director of Nightswimming, which has commissioned and developed more than 30 new plays, dance works and musical pieces since 1995, and Director of the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony. He recently directed national tours of Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box, Anita Majumdar’s The Fish Eyes Trilogy and Same Same But Different. He has created and directed eight of his own plays, including his pop-up choral piece Why We Are Here! (with Martin Julien). He is the current Board Chair and a past-President of the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas.