Lloyd A Arnett
Lloyd is an artist and Christian Humanist scholar, playwright, director, and dramaturg. With a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, he is a professional performer, a new plays reader and dramaturg, has a been board member of various theatres, and taught at the University of Pittsburgh, at Penn State University (New Kensington), and for 30 years at Trinity Western University. Loving every area of theatre, Arnett has produced, directed, designed, and written or adapted numerous productions.He directs at every opportunity and has taught playwriting courses and seminars in Canada’s Lower Mainland, the American east coast, and Taipei, Taiwan.
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Now retired, Jim moved to Abbotsford in 2012 after 30 years working in the restaurant equipment sales industry primarily as a bid project manager and chain accounts specialist. Jim got very involved with community theatre in 2004. He has acted, produced, directed and worked backstage in over 30 productions with various theatre companies including Gallery 7 Theatre and Fraser Valley Stage. He also served as a board member with Stage 43 Theatre in Coquitlam for many years.
He now serves as the president of the Board here at Gallery 7 Theatre. His other passions include motorcycles, painting and playing guitar and bass as part of the Eben-Ezer Church worship team.
Rudy just turned 75 and retired last December after 42 years as a Minister in the Christian Reformed Church, serving the last 9 years here in Abbotsford and from 1994-2007 in Agassiz, BC. Before he entered the Ministry, he was a High School science teacher in Hamilton, Ontario. He has served on various Boards and Councils as member and as Chair. Currently, Rudy is Chair of the Board for Cascade Christian Counselling Association of Surrey and Abbotsford, and also Chair of the Classis Ministry Committee which serves our regional Christian Reformed Churches.
Rudy's interest in theatre, especially Christian theatre has been life-long. In University, he sang with the Operetta Society and later with the Hamilton Opera Company in performances of Die Fledermaus and The Bartered Bride. His children have always had an interest in theatre as well, and his daughter has been a Drama teacher for 19 years. Rudy and his wife have been regular supporters of Gallery 7 Theatre for many years and have attended many performances over the years. This will be a new opportunity in his life to be involved in our local Community.
Gallery 7 theatre has entertained, inspired and deepened Fran from its early days back in Ebenezer Church. In the 30+ yrs she has lived in Abbotsford, she has grown to know and love this community from many perspectives, as a parent and grandparent, a business owner and, more recently as an involved citizen serving on a number of Boards and organizations. Abbotsford and area is home to a diverse and committed community. We have challenges and issues to address, which many of our organizations are working hard to do. Fran sees local live theatre as a powerful medium to make us more aware, at an intellectual and emotional level, of the complexities and nuances and build bridges among ourselves to be a great community.
Derek Ward Hall
Derek first got involved with Gallery 7 Theatre back in 2008 as an actor in one his now favourite shows, The Boys Next Door. Fast forward a decade later and Derek is thrilled to get the chance to stay involved with Gallery 7 Theatre by serving on the board. Derek currently lives in Abbotsford with his beautiful wife, Ashley, and works in the international department at the University of the Fraser Valley.