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Based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl’ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in Vancouver, Urban Ink Productions uplifts Indigenous and diverse voices through storytelling and performance. Founded in 2001, and currently under the Artistic Direction of Corey Payette, our circle of artists have broken barriers through groundbreaking productions created through collaboration and innovative practices. As we look ahead to the next 20 years to come, we continue to put the power in the hands of Indigenous and diverse artists to tell their own stories from their own unique voices. 

The Cultch is Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hub. 

For  47 years, The Cultch has presented cutting-edge performances in contemporary music, theatre, and dance as well as producing outstanding community arts and educational initiatives for children, youth and their families. More than 300 performances each season are seen by  over 50,000 people.

As a presenting theatre, The Cultch curates unique and diverse performances from Vancouver, across Canada and the globe, bringing world-class theatre, dance, and music to our community in East Vancouver.

The Cultch is home to three performance spaces: Historic Theatre, Vancity Culture Lab, and York Theatre. The Historic Theatre and Vancity Culture Lab are housed in a renovated church, constructed in 1909. The York started its life as The Alcazar Theatre in 1913. After being rescued from the wrecking ball, it was renovated to become the Cultch’s third theatre space; reopening in 2013 with the very first East Van Panto, produced with Theatre Replacement.

The Cultch’s purpose is to provide a performance space for diverse artists and audiences, serve as a space for artistic experimentation, develop local companies, and present groundbreaking national and international work.

Meet the Curators

COREY PAYETTE | Urban Ink Artistic Director

Corey Payette is an interdisciplinary storyteller, writer, composer, director in theatre and film. He is a member of the Mattagami First Nations, with French Canadian and Irish ancestry, and lives on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl’ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Known for his deeply moving, large-scale original musical creations, Payette’s work challenges the public’s notion of what musicals can be, inserting Indigenous perspectives and narratives into mainstream spaces, igniting conversations that inspire social change. Payette’s work explores themes of colonization, Indigenous language revitalization, cultural healing, reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and the complexity of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences across music, theatre, and film. Payette’s deeply collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and community engaged creation process has been integral in shining a light on stories that have gone unheard for generations. In 2021, Payette received the inaugural BC Reconciliation Award from The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, created to honour those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect, and commitment to furthering Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in the province of British Columbia. He is the Artistic Director of Urban Ink, past Artist-in-Residence with National Arts Centre [NAC] English Theatre, and is the founder of Raven Theatre. His musicals Children of God, Les Filles du Roi, Sedna, and Starwalker have won multiple awards and have toured extensively across Canada. He was awarded the John Hirsch Prize from the Canada Council, Jessie Awards for Composition and Direction, and Ovation Awards for Best New Musical and Outstanding Direction.


HEATHER REDFERN | The Cultch Executive Director

Heather Redfern has been the Executive Director of The Cultch (formerly Vancouver East Cultural Centre) since 2007. She is highly regarded as a curator who programs over 20 different presentations from local, national, and international companies for The Cultch each year. Under her leadership, The Cultch’s programs have achieved growing audiences and are renowned for their diversity and risk-taking.

Before coming to The Cultch, Heather was the Executive Director of the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture, and the Artistic Producer for Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton. She has sat on numerous boards including the Koerner Foundation and the Edmonton Arts Council. She was the first Chair of the national Magnetic North Theatre Festival, an organization she helped to found, and was an instrumental part of the leadership team that helped to revive the festival in 2019. 

Heather has been honoured with the City of Edmonton Business and the Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Management, the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award for sustained, inspired, and creative leadership in Canadian Theatre, and along with the Cultch, the 2019 Jessie, Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion award . She continues to work on innovative ways to promote Canadian artists at home and abroad. 

In East Vancouver, she has overseen the $30 million refurbishment of The Cultch and was a driving force behind the restoration of the historic York Theatre. Over the past 13 seasons, Heather has built an international reputation for The Cultch through her innovative curation and impeccable leadership. 

TRANSFORM: Cabaret Festival Teams

Our Circle


Corey Payette, Artistic Director
Melissa Tsang, Managing Director
Fabian Aspell Morales, Producer
Amy Cornish, Operations Manager
Kyra Fequet, Marketing & Communications Manager
Kamila Sediego, Cheyenne Scott, Monice Peter, Khari Wendell McClelland, Artists in Development
Rob Thomson, Project Manager
Bonnie Allan, Publicist
Vanessa Yip, Graphic Designer
Sung Yang, Bookkeeper
Scott Tearle, IT Consultant
Nayah Schaufler, UBC FNIS Practicum Student
Amy Benson, President
Francis Chang, Vice President
Jorge Zylberberg, Treasurer
Kelsey Croft, Secretary
Jeff Chen, Director
Robin Dean, Director
Nick Peragine, Director
Donna Wong-Juliani, Director


Odette Wilson, President
Donna Wong-Juliani, Co-Vice President
Jennifer McKay, Co-Vice President
Jorge Zylberberg, Treasurer
Jesse Lecoy, Secretary
Amy Benson, Director
Lacey Schumann, Director
Manu Nellutla, Director



Heather Redfern, Executive Director
Nicole McLuckie, Associate Executive Director
Valentina Acevedo Montilla, Youth Program Manager
Cameron Anderson, Video Director
Benjamin Anton, Box Office Supervisor
Yuri Arajs, Gallery Coordinator
Kelly Barker, Producer
Cody Biles, Technical Director
Kris Boyd, Digital Storytelling Project Lead
Anita Cheung, Bookkeeper
Len Gardiner, Caretaker
Erin Gleig, Graphic & Web Designer
Zuzia Juszkiewicz, Graphic & Web Designer (on leave)
Ngaire Leach, Graphic & Web Designer
Audrey MacDonald, Operations Manager (on leave)
Fegor Obuwoma, Operations Manager
Chris MacDonald, Sales Manager
Pippa Mackie, Partnerships Manager
Andrew McCaw, Production Manager
Connal McNamara, Marketing Manager
Lisa Mennell, Communications and Outreach Manager
Neal Miskin, Head Audio
Cynthia Ndabazimvye, Development Coordinator
Kaden O’Reilly, Assistant Technical Director
Paul Phalen, Hospitality & Business Development Manager
Siobhan Powell, Assistant Production Manager 
Adam Prokop, Venue Technician
Lucy Rosenstiel, Rentals Coordinator
Cara Siu, Ticket Services Manager
Kathy Vito, Patron Development Manager
Nico Weismiller, Head Electrician
Charlotte Wright, Audience Services Manager
Carlie Yeung, Venue Technician


Frank Costanzo, Chair
Stephanie Hollingshead, Vice Chair
Ryan O’Connor, Treasurer
Meghan Robinson, Secretary
Roger Holland, Director
Jane Brindley, Director
Doris Kraske, Director
Marina Pratchett, Director
Caterina Sanders, Director
Peter Saulnier, Director
Lynda M Stokes, Director
Elia Robles, Director
Sangeeta Wylie, Director