ARC Board Of Directors.

ARC’s Board of Directors is an engaged and committed core of volunteers responsible for financial and administrative oversight of the company, as well as providing fundraising, marketing, and production support.

The current members are:

Diane Flacks is a writer/actor. Recently, Diane played the titular role of Nathan in Nathan the Wise in Stratford’s 2019/2020 season. She wrote and starred in Unholy, her acclaimed play about women and religion for Nightwood Theatre. Unholy was nominated for a Dora, was filmed live for Zoomer tv and published in 2019. Selected plays include Waiting Room, Bear With Me, Random Acts, SIBS (with Richard Greenblatt). TV writing includes Workin’ Moms, Baroness von Sketch Show, and Kids in the Hall – for which she was nominated for an Emmy. She has been a national parenting columnist for CBC radio, and a feature columnist for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail among others. Her four solo shows Myth Me, By A Thread, Random Acts and Bear With Me (adapted from her book of the same name) have been remounted internationally, published and excerpted for tv. Upcoming: a one-person play, Guilt, a play Stratford-seeded play, Blessed and a re-telling of the Greek story of Cassandra.

Diane has been a huge fan of ARC and its exquisite work for many years, and is thrilled to have an opportunity to support the company as a board member.

Lisa Li (Vice-Chair) is a theatre producer. Her most recent work was with Soulpepper Theatre Company where she was responsible for all Soulpepper produced mainstage productions and live concert programming. Lisa has produced 65+ theatrical productions and concerts for the company since she took on the position December 2016. She was the producer on Soulpepper on 42nd Street, Soulpepper’s month long residency at New York City’s Signature Theatre July 2017. The residency included seven theatrical productions (two of which earned a Critic’s Pick from the New York Times), three concerts, a daily cabaret, and several ancillary events. Occasionally, Lisa works in the independent Toronto theatre community as a producer and consultant. In 2016 she produced the second of Rob Kempson’s Graduation Plays series, Mockingbird, as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. The production set new record highs for festival sales and attendance and earned a Dora nomination for best ensemble cast. The following year Lisa returned to the same production company, timeshare, to produce the final play of the series, Trigonometry, this time as a wholly independent production. Lisa is excited by this next period of growth and transition for ARC and is looking forward to the opportunity to support the company and its artists.

Mark Mullaly, PhD (Chair) is a management consultant and the president of Interthink Consulting, where he specializes in helping organizations get difficult and uncertain things done well. He guides organizations in defining their desired future and defining the paths and capabilities necessary bring it to life. Mark is thrilled to contribute to ARC as a member of the board. A lover of the arts, his formative years were spent in theatre learning to make the impossible possible. Mark is a firm believer in the power of theatre to change perspectives, hearts and minds, and is delighted to be involved with a company whose programming does just that. Mark’s previous board experience includes Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Adventures.

Shenda Tanchak (Treasurer) is a non-practicing lawyer and a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Education degree (drama major) as well as training in advertising and public relations. She has worked as a consultant in the field of health care professional regulation and certification for nearly twenty-five years. In practical terms, that means she assists licensing bodies to make tough organizational and inter-organizational decisions and plans.

Shenda’s been a passionate Toronto theater-goer since a promotion that allowed students to see 6 productions for $6 (Oh, those were the days). She fell in love with ARC in 2013 when she saw the near-miraculous Bea.

Jennifer Toh (Secretary) grew up in Winnipeg, and discovered her calling as a theatre audience member through attending the annual Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Shakespeare in the Ruins, and the Manitoba Theatre Centre’s notable 1995 production of Hamlet – featuring Keanu Reeve’s most excellent adventure in Winnipeg. Says Jennifer: “In my professional life, I am an Information Technology professional with nearly fifteen years of experience working with clients to solve problems in organizations’ information processes and technology. My work since 2015 as a Manager of Client Services at GrantBook is focused on the philanthropic sector. I provide digital strategy, requirements analysis, and implementation project management consulting for a broad range of grant makers. In the evenings and weekends, you’ll often find me making up silly games and dances with my husband and two lively daughters. I am excited to be able to offer my skills and experience as a board member of ARC to support ARC’s mission to locally mount international works to Toronto audiences.”

If you’d like to know more about the Board – or if you would like to get involved – you can contact the the Board Chair.