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Fay Nass
Artistic Director

Fay Nass is a queer theatre-maker, director, writer, curator, producer, educator, scholar, innovator and tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. Her practice is dedicated to creating artful, truthful interpretations of gender, race, diaspora and cultural identity.  

Fay’s work has been presented locally, nationally and internationally. Fay is currently the Artistic Director of the Frank Theatre Company, Vancouver.


Board of Directors


NikNaz K. 

Her tombstone will most likely read: ‘she made things happen.’ It will also say something about her strong sense of integrity and contagious enthusiasm.  At heart, she relishes the process of creation, whether that’s painting a new artwork or facilitating conversations to germinate a new organization. 

Inspired by poetry and prose, NikNaz’s deeply textured and layered mixed media paintings aim to depict the ebbs and flows of life, the ongoing quest for meaning, and the longing for ‘safa’ and transcendence. As an independent consultant, she partners with her clients in envisioning and realizing new projects, programs, processes and organizations with a social impact. niknazk.com


Shirin Mehrgan

Shirin currently works as Financial Specialist at UBC Student Development & Services. She was part of the cast of Unveiled (2017).

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Nadja Rence

Nadja Rence obtained her law degree at the University of British Columbia in 2004 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2005. Ms. Rence has practiced primarily in the area of child protection and has continued with that practice since joining Somers and Company in 2015.


Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator based in Vancouver who is currently completing a PhD at SFU's School of Communication. Her artistic and curatorial projects have been presented across Canada as well as internationally as part of the Deformes Performance Bienal (Valdivia, Chile, 2014). She has contributed articles to Inter: art actuel, Decoy, Esse: art & opinions and C Magazine; has published and edited a number of artists’ books; and recently contributed a chapter to Curating Live Arts: Critical Perspectives, Essays, and Conversations on Theory and Practice (Berghahn Books, 2018). marianebourcheixlaporte.ca