Al Lafrance

Board of Directors, Director

Al Lafrance is an actor, improviser and storyteller who has established himself on the national and international scene, having performed in several countries all over the world. His solo shows "The Quitter" and "I Think I'm Dead" have gathered high praise throughout the Canadian Fringe festival circuit. He is a two-time recipient of the Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy in Montreal, where he previously resided, before moving to Vancouver in 2018. In Montreal, Lafrance worked for both Theatre Ste Catherine and Mainline Theatre, fixtures of the growing independent theatre scene. In 2014, he co-founded Solos, a solo theatre-focused festival, and ran it for 4 editions before leaving the city. Lafrance holds a degree in Sound Engineering from Musitechnic in Montreal, and has produced a handful of records, released under the non-profit label "Bloody Underrated Records". He believes the future is bright.


Devon More

Board of Directors, Director

Devon More is just another poetic post-capitalist polyglot singing songwriting lyrically-obsessed long-limbed live-looping multi-instrumentalist melodic middle child wielding Art-as-Activism.  An award-winning playwright and nationally touring performer, Devon is the guitarist and frontwoman for punk pop indie rock power trio, Hang Lucy, when home in Vancouver. She is the founder and Creative Producer of Way Off-Broadway Wednesday, a weekly underground theatre series in New Westminster.  She is also a UBC B.Ed graduate and qualified teacher with a specialization in Arts-Based learning who facilitates storytelling workshops for everyone from school-aged children to senior citizens.


Genevieve Larose-Farmer

Board of Directors, President

Originally from Quebec, Geneviève moved to Vancouver 5 years ago to begin a career as a French Immersion teacher for the Vancouver School Board. She holds a M.A. in Anthropology from Laval University in Québec City where she worked on a language revitalization project in partnership with the Huron-Wendat Nation. Social justice and reconciliation are at the center of her teaching practice. She believes that art is a powerful tool to awaken young minds. Geneviève devotes her time to youth development as an instructor in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Program, and as a volunteer for Camp Fircom.


2010 - present

2010 - present

Linda Brandt Bio

Board of Directors, Treasurer

Linda built a successful and thriving business over her 30-year tenure as co-owner of Hagensborg Mercantile, a general store in the beautiful Bella Coola Valley. As a supplier in a remote community, Linda took pleasure in sourcing goods for a wide range of needs, while managing a staff of 25 people. Now retired and living in Vancouver, Linda’s passion for helping people get what they need has translated into her active engagement with the city’s arts community. Linda brings her common sense, her energetic enthusiasm for self-expression and learning, and her delight at helping others achieve their dreams to her work for the Stephanie Morin-Robert Performance Society.


Linnea Gwiazda

Board of Directors, Chairman

Linnea Gwiazda is a multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, performer, director and producer. Linnea holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, from Concordia University (Montréal QC). Linnea has worked as an administrator in a variety of performing and visual arts festivals and has performed and presented work across Canada and internationally. She is co-artistic director of O Albatross, director of the award-winning show AWKWARD HUG and is a Teaching and Research Assistant at SFU. Linnea is based in Vancouver on unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.


We acknowledge that our work takes place on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.