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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

Ashley Daniel Foot


“White, a blank page or canvas. The challenge, bring order to the whole. Through Design, Composition, Tension, Balance, Light, and Harmony.” — Stephen Sondheim

Since the age of eight, Ashley Daniel Foot has been in love with the arts. Boundlessly curious about all mediums of culture. Raised on Vancouver Island, Ashley’s pursuit of the arts took him to McGill University, where he holds a BA/Ed with a focus on communications, English literature, and education. Ashley has also studied classical voice performance at the University of Toronto, McGill, and the Université de Montréal.

As a broadcaster, Ashley’s work has appeared on CBC Radio and Radio Canada International. In 2006, he created one of the web’s first podcasts— called Radio Allegro, featuring a mixture of commentary, celebrity interviews, and audio documentaries. One of of his favourite broadcast moments was going backstage to talk with Lin Manuel Miranda and the creative team of the original Off-Broadway cast of In the Heights.

Ashley spent four years at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre as the program director for musical theatre studies, producing such shows as the BC premiere of RENT, Sweeney Todd, and Beauty and the Beast.

Contact: 250.746.3428 or click here to email

Leah Worth

Ticket Centre Supervisor

“ I love seeing peoples smiling faces going into a performance”

Leah grew up in the Cowichan Valley and her passion for working with the public has led to a career with the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. Starting out in the Ticket Centre as a Cashier Receptionist in 2017, Leah is now the Ticket Centre Supervisor. She has many years of experience working and dealing with user groups, promoters and the public to make sure their needs are met.

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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David Blount

Assistant Technical Director - Video

“I love walking into a new show and finding out what it will take to bring it to life.”

David has been working in theatre on Vancouver Island since 2004, in a variety of technical roles. He joined the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre as an Assistant Technical Director in 2018, and may be found in video world, behind the monitor desk, or pulling a rope. He appreciates the variety of productions coming across the Cowichan stage, and being part of the best technical team on the Island.

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