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:
|Lisa Li (Chair)
Lisa (she/her) is a theatre producer and arts manager with over a decade of experience managing and overseeing a breadth of programming, budgets, and contracts/agreements. Work includes small and large-scale theatrical productions, musicals, concerts, festivals (dance, music, improvisation, literary, family/TYA), tours, cabaret, site specific work, and digital creations.
From 2016-2020, she was a Producer with Soulpepper Theatre Company where she was responsible for all Soulpepper-produced mainstage productions and live concert programming. She produced 65+ theatrical productions and concerts for Soulpepper in her four-year period and was the producer on “Soulpepper on 42nd Street”, Soulpepper’s month-long residency at New York City’s Signature Theatre.Occasionally, Lisa Li works in Toronto’s independent theatre community as a producer and consultant. Lisa Li has worked with the Shaw Festival, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and is on the faculty of Sheridan College.
Lisa Li is the board Chair of ARC and sits on the board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres as the Chair of the Labour Relations Portfolio. She has been the Managing Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange since April 2021.
|Jennifer Toh (Secretary)
Jennifer 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. In her professional life, Jennifer is an Information Technology professional with nearly twenty years of experience working with clients to solve problems in organizations’ information processes and technology. She currently is the Director of Delivery at Grantbook, an IT consultancy that focuses on the philanthropy sector.
Jennifer has found the opportunity to use her skills and experience as a board member of ARC since 2015 to be extremely gratifying. Each show ARC has put on keeps raising the bar and she is excited to support where ARC will go next.
Mikhail Kellz (Treasurer)
Mikhail is one the newest board members and treasurer of the ARC organization. With over 10 years of experience in the film and broadcasting industry, he brings a variety of skills to the ARC team.
From small community projects to international projects; Mikhail prides himself on his ability to connect with any community. As a real estate agent, he understands the importance of networking and community longevity. Mikhail’s been a huge fan and is thrilled at the opportunity to support the ARC organization, team, artist, and community.
Christine has been working in Toronto theatre for nearly 20 years. As an actor she has performed with the Howland Company, Tarragon Theatre, Why Not Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Crow’s Theatre, Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, The Grand, Soulpepper, Nightwood, Shakespeare in the Ruff, and Necessary Angel among others. She has received Dora nominations for her performances in Light (Tarragon), Prince Hamlet (Why Not), Asking For It (Crow’s/Nightwood), Andromache (Necessary Angel), and Miss Julie: Sheh’mah (Kick Theatre), winning in 2010 for The Turn of the Screw (DVxT).
In 2021 Christine participated in the Stratford Festival’s Langham Director’s Workshop, co-adapting and assistant directing R+J. She is currently a member of the Collective Artistic Leadership of Shakespeare in the Ruff.
Christine has also worked extensively in film and television, and recently completed filming the Showtime limited series Fellow Travelers. For her work on camera Christine has been nominated for two ACTRA Awards, two Canadian Screen Awards (winning in 2016 for Remedy), and is a recipient of the Birks Diamond Tribute to Women in Film.
Christine is honoured to be joining the board at ARC and looks forward to supporting the company as it grows and expands.
Erika (she/her) is a Toronto-based stage manager, arts administrator and producer who is passionate about live performance and improving working conditions for artists. As a stage manager, she has worked on productions with Mirvish, the Charlottetown Festival, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Soulpepper, Edmonton Opera, and many more. She is also the former Head of Development at Nightwood Theatre and a current member of the Black Shoulders Legacy Award fundraising committee. From 2018-2021, she sat as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Actors Equity Association. Erika is thrilled to be joining the remarkable team at ARC and excited for what the future has in store!
Shannon is a writer and artist with an eclectic background. She has worked in the arts, politics, education and entrepreneurship. Shannon credits her background in acting and training with the National Theatre School and the University of Windsor for teaching her to see the world in story and narrative. Shannon has worked in theatre and film/television across Canada and internationally, receiving nominations for her work from The Capital Critics’ and the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards.
As a writer, Shannon has led marketing and communications projects for organizations of all sizes and crafted speeches and other marketing/communication products for business leaders, politicians, and artists. She has written for various industries, including digital marketing, health and wellness, photography, the arts, education, hospitality, and crypto-currency. She has also worked with playwrights, screenwriters, and creators, contributing her work to scripts, short stories, plays, and experiential podcasts.
When she’s not at her home office in downtown Toronto, she is “out and about,” walking through neighbourhoods, looking at the houses and tall buildings – forever curious about the lives of the people in them.
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.