Awkward Stage Productions’ Board is made up of an enthusiastic group of people dedicated to ASP’s mandate of high quality and relevant theatre productions for youth and young adults.
TRACY DEFOE – Chair
Tracy Defoe is an adult educator, mostly so she gets to stand up in front of small crowds of people and do her thing. Tracy wants Vancouver to be a creative hub for live theatre and music so sees Awkward Stage Productions as an important bridge to sustainability in Canada’s live theatre community. Where will the young ones learn? She invites you to join the company, or join the audience and supporters of live musical theatre in Vancouver at an Awkward Stage Production soon.
BARBARA GOBIS OGLE – Vice Chair
Having worked for the past 25 years as an executive, consultant and agent of change, Barbara’s specialty is leading large-scale change initiatives within health care.
Currently Barbara is the Director, Pharmacists Clinic – UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Executive Coach, UBC Academic leadership Development Program; and Organizational Coach, Coaching@UBC. Prior to joining UBC, Barbara held leadership roles at the BC Ministry of Health, Network Healthcare and Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd. Barbara comes from a family of performers and understands the vital role the arts play in the development of healthy young people, communities and societies. Selected recognition includes: Top 40 Under 40 (BC Business), 5 x recipient of the Commitment to Care award (Rogers Media), Ben Gant Innovative Practice Award (BC Pharmacy Association), and BC Patient Quality and Safety Council award for Patient Care. A pharmacist by training, Barbara attributes much of her success as a health care executive to the skills she developed through her exposure to the arts.
RAYMOND ZHANG – Treasurer
Raymond Zhang is an Associate Vice President in KPMG’s Corporate Finance group, providing Mergers and Acquisitions advisory services to private company clients. Prior to joining the Corporate Finance team in October 2013, Raymond spent three years in the audit practice with KPMG’s Burnaby Enterprise office. Raymond has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. Raymond enjoys staying active and plays recreational basketball, golf and tennis. His passions and hobbies include travelling, experiencing new cuisines and volunteering for local charitable organizations.
EMILY OSWALD – Secretary
Emily Oswald has been passionately involved in The Arts since the age of 2; working as a performer, director, choreographer and instructor and is excited to share this enthusiasm with Awkward Stage. Graduating from the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College before making the exciting move to British Columbia, she has many years of professional and volunteer experience in event management and fund-development.
PHILIP KULIGOWSKI CHAN – VP IT
CLAIRE RICE – VP Youth
Claire was trained in Toronto at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She has since performed and taught musical theatre in Toronto, Switzerland and England, and here in Vancouver. She founded DRAMAgination, a play-based creative drama program for children. She teaches drama, singing and dancing classes from preschool to high school, directs children’s musicals and plays, coaches private singing lessons and audition preparation, and performs at children’s parties.
BARBARA GRANTHAM – Member at Large
Barbara Grantham was appointed President & CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in 2013. A long-time Vancouver resident, Barbara has over 25 years’ experience as a successful senior executive and consultant in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors in BC and nationally. She has held executive positions with the Vancouver Foundation, Streetohome Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association. Barbara also has extensive experience as a senior consultant, excelling in strategic planning, organizational assessment, project management, board governance, financial sustainability, and public policy issues. Barbara is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the largest ‘on the ground’ social service organization in BC. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Council of Imagine Canada. Barbara holds a BA degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Carleton University.
DEBBIE WIECKE – Member at Large
Debbie is not only a Board member but Awkward Stage’s resident costumer extraordinaire. She has been nominated twice for an Ovation Award and won in 2013 for Awkward’s Dracula: The Musical? Her Vegas lounge Jesus in Reefer Madness and “the fire” in Cannibal: The Musical are unforgettable creations. She has lent her talents and time to many Vancouver theatre organizations and she is also an accomplished milliner, puppet maker, seamstress and model for historical costumes with Ivan Sayer. Her business label is “I Make Neat, Stuff”.