Zee Zee’s role in the theatre community is to bridge the gap between queer and mainstream theatre and to cross-pollinate with non-theatre communities by engaging them in non-theatre settings. This becomes a platform to discuss the kind of work we do and usher in a new generation of theatre patron.
In our second decade, we are in need of supportive, passionate arts advocates who believe in and value the work we do at Zee Zee and can thereby offer advice as well as assistance with publicity, outreach for new audience members and finally fundraising outreach to new donor/ sponsorship opportunities. Given Zee Zee’s stage of development, with a small, part time paid staff, we are a working board with members contributing actively with their skills and time. The ideal board member would have the time and be willing to be a part of building the society both at the logistical as well as ideological levels.
Though Zee Zee has achieved some limited but stable government funding, we need to rely on the support of our community to keep us growing and developing both artistically as well as structurally.
- Attend a minimum of 4 board meetings a year and actively contribute to virtual work of the board in between meetings
- Actively contribute to the work of at least one committee and attend committee meetings
- Attend main stage show min. twice: opening night & 1 other performance with 1 new audience member
- If comfortable, give one pre-show introduction during run of main stage show
- Attend readings and special events, (max 3 per year), bringing 1 new audience member
- Offer advice and support via email with Artistic and Executive Director
- General promotional support in so far as social media & email reminders to personal networks
- Soliciting donations & sponsorship through personal networks with guidance from fundraising committee
- Donate to Zee Zee with a financial gift that is in your top 3 annual gifts and significant within your means
- A maximum of two, three-year terms of service
- Annual self evaluation with President and Artistic and Executive Director prior to AGM
- Fulfill the job descriptions of the positions they hold on the board
- Bring forth 3 candidates over the course of your term with the goal of replacing yourself
Board members will receive four complimentary tickets to all Zee Zee productions for you and your guests. As well as acknowledgement in show programs and on our website.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
Isaac Eamer (he/ him)
Isaac identifies as a biracial (Ojibwe/White) gay male. He has spent years of his life working as a Flight Attendant, exploring the world and other cultures. He has been lucky enough to experience moments of joy and hardships with people from all over the globe. Educating himself and growing from the wisdom learnt from various customs and traditions he’s had the pleasure of taking a part in. He has always been passionate about the arts and while resisting at first, he eventually found a path that led him to attending and graduating from Toronto Film School. Isaac is stoked to be part of Zee Zee Theatre as it offers him another opportunity to join the world of art, something that has been missing over the last few years.
Issaku Inami (he/him)
Born in Okinawa (Rykyu) under US occupation, Isaaku is a Queer Activist who devotes his time and energy to volunteering for multiple organizations he believes passionately in. In addition to Zee Zee, he volunteers with the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, as a member of the public-facing education + gallery host committees and President (2021-22). He is a board member, Vice-President of the Queer Arts Festival/Pride in Art Society, and Pacific Spirt Park Society where he was a part of the Camosun Bog Restoration Group for over 16 years. He uses his energy to subvert settler-colonialism from a gender non-conforming and environmentalist perspective.
Lisa Nevens (they/ them)
The short story is that I’m a queer, non-binary lawyer with a background in policy work and a lot of volunteer experience, including in leadership roles. Most of my volunteer work is law/queer/trans related, but I’m interested in branching out to other areas. I do not yet have experience on a board for an arts organization, but am a frequent supporter and audience member. My dad was an artist, so supporting the arts and artists is something that’s dear to me.
Kyra Philbert (she/her)
J. Kyra Philbert is a registered nurse living, working and playing on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and Stó:lō nations. She is a biracial (black/white), queer, ciswoman, able bodied and settler, who is passionate about health and social justice. Since 2017, Kyra has been working on a second undergraduate degree from UBC in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice to better understand how power operates in our world and leverage it for social good. Additionally, she just started her Master of Nursing in the fall of 2020 with plans to pursue a PhD.
Jennifer Scott (she/ her) – President
A competitive Gemini, Jen loves ice cream and a balanced cheque book. Graduating with two pairs of Birkenstocks and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Trent University, Jen went after her CPA designation because her mother told her to and only looked back once. Currently the Finance Operations Manager in a Market Research company, Jen enjoys T Accounts and is really just happy to be here.
Chris Seymour (he/him)
Chris is a gay software developer and film buff, who has recently returned to Vancouver after a decade in the US. Previously he dj’d queer events around town under the moniker DJ Robo Santa, including regular performances at Apocalypstick and Queer Bash. He also volunteered for years at Out on Screen. Chris has a lifelong love of theatre, instilled by trips to musicals with family and community theatre performances at school.
Bonnie Sun (she/ her) – Secretary
Bonnie Sun is the Senior Marketing and Communications Manager at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, since 2017. She is second-generation Chinese Canadian. Over the past 20 years, Bonnie has built up extensive experience working and volunteering in the non-profit arts and culture sector. Her career in the cultural industry began at The Glenbow Museum in Calgary, and continued after moving to Vancouver in 2005 at The Dance Centre. Since then, Bonnie has held marketing and communications roles representing some of Canada’s highest profile contemporary dance companies, such as Kidd Pivot/Crystal Pite, and was the Communications Director at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival for five seasons. She has served on the board of directors of several performing arts companies, including Zee Zee Theatre. She is honoured to live on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-waututh) Nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada.
Rae Takei (they/ them)
Rae Takei is a QTPOC multidisciplinary artist born & raised on Unceded Coast Salish Territory, whose experience includes performance, production design, stage management, workshop facilitation, and youth mentorship. They graduated from the Variety program at Studio 58 in 2013 with a focus on collaborative new work. By day, Rae works with Earnest Ice Cream as a Front of House Manager and as the company’s Recruitment Coordinator, a role in which they facilitate initial interviews, group interviews, orientations, exit interviews, and conflict facilitation within the organization. They have been working in different positions with EIC for the past 6 years, and they are passionate about encouraging a fun, diverse, and equitable environment within a values-based business. By night, Rae is a performer known as Rose Butch (@rose.butch), your Premier Non-Binary Drag Thing whose style and sensibility follows the pursuit of gender euphoria. Rose flourished into the East Van drag scene in 2014 with their playful and theatrically-informed drag, which aims to bring non-binary visibility to stages across Vancouver and beyond.
Meaghan Williams (she/ her)
Meaghan is a non-profit manager and musician with over 20 years of international experience. Her unique perspective as a performer and non-profit leader has given her a clear understanding of organizational dynamics, a healthy obsession with governance and a passion for diversity. Meaghan has an MBA from Simon Fraser University and has worked for a number of organizations including musica intima, Music on Main, Ballet Kelowna, the Vancouver Musicians’ Association and the Artists’ Legal Outreach & Education Society. Meaghan volunteers her time as a Knowledge Philanthropist with Vantage Point. She stays in tune with what’s going on in the music community by performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, the Turning Point Ensemble and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. www.oomph-consulting.com