A UFV graduate with a BA in English and Theatre, Ken is the founding Executive/Artistic Director of Gallery 7 Theatre and has been with the theatre since its inception in 1991. In addition to managing the organization, Ken occasionally directs, acts or does lighting design.
Select directing credits include Doubt, a Parable, Halo, The Giver, Driving Miss Daisy, The Importance of Being Earnest, William Golding's Lord of the Flies and the Canadian amateur premier of Swallows and Amazons. Select acting projects include Macbeth for UFV Theatre and Tuesdays with Morrie, which played at both Gallery 7 Theatre and at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver, BC.
An award-winning lighting designer, Ken's designs include Hamlet (UFV), The Fantasticks, Mary's Wedding, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Pride & Prejudice. When not doing theatre, Ken enjoys announcing at airshows, flying airplanes and relaxing at home with friends, movies and video games.
Recently, Ken was honoured to be selected one of the Top 40 Alumni of the University of the Fraser Valley in celebration of the university's 40th anniversary. He is passionate about the power of theatre to engage, entertain and provoke thought, and especially passionate about Gallery 7 Theatre's mandate to explore the spiritual, relational and social aspects of the human experience with a vision towards hope, reconciliation and redemption.
Production Manager/Office Administrator
A graduate from TWU (BA Theatre), Charlene has been creating theatre for most of her adult life, and even before then. Working primarily in the Fraser Valley, she sometimes performs and has been seen on stage as Belinda Blair/Flavia Brent (Noise Off, TIC), King Louis/Ensemble (Hunchback of Notre Dame, TIC), Lottie Wilton (Enchanted April, Gallery 7 Theatre), and Marilla Cuthbert (Anne, Gallery 7 Theatre) this past decade.
However, Charlene’s main passion is working behind the scenes helping theatre go from a concept on a piece of paper or computer screen to the production an audience gets to sit and enjoy.Starting her career as a Stage Manager Charlene has had the pleasure working with various independent artists at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Pacific Theatre, and several dance companies in her career.She has also designed for, produced, and directed several shows: highlights include The Fantastiks (Director, Gallery 7 Theatre), Treasure Island (Sound Designer, Theatre Junkies Anonymous) and Two Rooms (Co-Producer/Co-Director, Working Title Factions).
For the past seven years she has worked at Gallery 7 Theatre as their Production Manager where she jokes: “I do nothing.”Really, she is responsible for watching budgets, managing schedules, encouraging people, and learning something new everyday.When she is not creating theatre, or thinking about creating theatre, she can be found being a crazy mom and wife, reading, doing new textile things, or trying a new recipe. When she grows up, she hopes to become an astronaut.