(Vancouver, BC) ~ Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer is pleased to announce Susan Shank has joined the team at the Firehall Arts Centre as the new General Manager.

“I am so very excited to be launching the Firehall’s 35th season with the appointment of Susan Shank as our new General Manager,” says Spencer. “I am looking forward to working with Susan as she not only brings many years of valuable administrative experience to the position, but also a passion for and an understanding and love for theatre that is so important to the success of this kind of work.”

Susan Shank’s love of theatre and the arts has spanned her entire life. Soon after securing her BA from Simon Fraser University, with a concentration in Theatre, she became the producer of a multidisciplinary festival for Development Arts Society (DAS), which ran for five years. Shank’s next role was Fine Arts Programmer at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, where she held the position for seven years before accepting her most creative and challenging job to date, motherhood. During this sleep-deprived time, Susan honed her bookkeeping and administrative skills, and worked part-time with such organizations as Touchstone Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Theatre for Living, and the Firehall Arts Centre. Now that Susan’s children are teenagers, she is excited to be immersing herself at the Firehall Arts Centre as the venue’s General Manager.

Shank adds, “The Firehall Arts Centre has always been a favourite theatre of mine, with its engaging productions and Donna Spencer’s leading-edge vision. I am thrilled to be joining the team.”

Please join Donna Spencer in welcoming Susan Shank to the Firehall Arts Centre.

About the Firehall Arts Centre:

Located in a heritage fire station built in 1906, the Firehall Arts Centre produces a season of eclectic theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances, and acts as a host to visual arts exhibitions in its intimate gallery/lounge. Each year, FAC hosts over two hundred performances bringing audiences into the heart of the city to enjoy artistic works, view art works in the gallery, and sip a beverage in the enclosed courtyard.

The building that is now home to the Firehall Arts Centre served as a fire hall – the first motorized fire hall in North America – until 1975. Minor renovations to turn the building into a theatre were undertaken at that time but it was not until February 25, 1982, that the building opened as the Firehall Theatre. Later the decision was taken to change the name to the Firehall Arts Centre to better reflect all of the different arts activities that are housed in the bustling centre that we are today.