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Kirsten Schrader

Manager, CVRD Arts and Culture Division

“When Winston Churchill was asked to cut the arts to support the war effort, he simply replied, “then what are we fighting for?”

In 2010, Kirsten was appointed Manager of the regional Arts and Culture Division for the Cowichan Valley Regional District. In this role, she is responsible for managing the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre operations and curating an annual presenting season of performances, as well as assisting local arts and cultural groups with capacity building, event planning and community development opportunities. She networks both provincially and nationally to keep the region connected. Her workdays are often extended as she is also vice-president of the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture, a provincial arts advocacy organisation, and just finished a two-year commitment as the Director Ceremonies and Special Events for the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games.

Contact: 250.746.3425 or click here to email


Roland Simmons

Technical Director

Roland Simmons has recently relocated here to become our new Technical Director after having held the same position at the Kelowna Community Theatre for 15 years.

“I am thrilled to be here in the Cowichan Valley. It’s a gorgeous place – but the best surprise is how friendly the local people are. I am looking forward to meeting all of CPAC’s annual producers and clients, and meeting-again some of BC’s great tour presenters. The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre is a spectacular room, with the best equipment and an absolutely stellar technical crew. No matter what you want to bring here we can help you stage it – just let me know in advance!!”

Contact: 250.746.3427 or click here to email


Patrick LeBlanc

Theatre Facilitator

“What excites me is working collaboratively with businesses and other arts organizations to create amazing events.”

Patrick’s love for the arts started as a student with field trips to the Stratford and Shaw Festivals. Those early trips sparked a lifelong fascination that has guided Patrick through a career working in film, theatre, orchestra, choral music, opera, visual arts, gallery curation and venue management. Patrick is thrilled to be part of the CPAC team, and looks forward to ensuring the success of all events in his role as Facilitator.

Contact: 250.746.3423 or click here to email


Jenny Purslow

Audience Services Supervisor

“This is my dream job. I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I love being part of this team.”

Jenny’s enthusiasm for her eclectic mix of roles at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre has translated into many improvements in the day-to-day running of the administrative office. Her main focus is ticketing and assisting with contracts. She also coordinates the Art Gallery which she enjoys as she is an aspiring artist. Jenny’s organizational abilities have greatly enhanced the tracking of upcoming shows on a shared calendar and researching statistical information.

Contact: 250.746.3426 or click here to email


Michele Fry

Marketing Specialist

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” - Steve Jobs

Born and raised right here in the Cowichan Valley, Michele moved to Vancouver after high school to pursue an education and career dedicated to her true passion for all things marketing! Throughout her extensive career, Michele has worked in radio, newspaper, advertising, education and corporate marketing working on projects that have spanned the globe. Michele returned to the Cowichan Valley with her husband to raise their young family. Her commitment to promoting and developing performing arts in the Cowichan Valley extends through her marketing role at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre but also as a volunteer member of the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation.

Contact: 250.746.3428 or click here to email


Betsy Burr

Ticket Centre Supervisor

“When ‘Hi there, good to see you again’ is the most often heard comment at the Ticket Centre, we know we’re connecting with our patrons.”

As the Ticket Centre Supervisor, Betsy’s duties are many and varied, but mainly she says our goal is to help our patrons find their perfect seat for the most amazing show. She works closely with the Theatre to create and track ticket sales. In conjunction with a friendly and welcoming staff, they not only sell the tickets, but often are called on to answer all kinds of questions about events and more!

Contact: 250.746.3411 or click here to email


David Barton

Assistant Technical Director - main crew chief

“I have worked in other theatres over the years, but this is my favourite place to be.”

Our main crew chief, Dave Barton, has a contagious enthusiasm for all things theatre. The ultimate professional, it is quite evident when talking with him that he not only loves his job, but the clients and the theatre itself. Dave began working here in 1982 and expects to be part of the technical team for many years to come. This news is welcome relief to the many clients who have worked with Dave and have come to rely on his extensive experience in expertly handling the intricate details that are required behind the scenes.

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Dan Pedlow

Assistant Technical Director - Lighting

“The most exciting part about working in theatre is meeting new people every day and bringing their vision to life.”

Dan grew up on Vancouver Island and has been working in theatre, concerts and film for over 10 years as a lighting and sound technician. In 2018 he was delighted to take up the position as Head of Lighting at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, one of B.C.’s premiere entertainment venues. Dan is passionate about providing the highest level of production for every event and making the theatre a great place to put on a show.

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Richard Nott

Assistant Technical Director - Sound Engineer

“I do this because I love music and getting the right sound takes art and soul to get it right.”

A musician at heart, Richard has a lengthy career as a touring guitarist (in his 20's) and then as a road manager and sound engineer touring with Trooper, Michael Kaeshammer, Jill Barber, Royal Wood and master illusionist - Murray Hatfield. He has traveled the globe working in sound production and has eclectic and unique talents in stringed instrument restoration and repair. Richard has worked all over Vancouver Island as a sound technician for theatres, music festivals and large venue concerts and now heads up the sound department as an ATD for the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Richard is meticulous and dedicated to ensuring each show has the highest audio production possible for every type of performance from local theatre productions to international touring productions.

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Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Spring 2019 Brochure

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