staff and board

Roy Surette
Artistic Director
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In the early 1980's Roy was Associate Artistic Director for Carousel Theatre in Vancouver and Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, B.C. He became the Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre in 1984, directing many award-winning productions including Whale Riding WeatherLion in the StreetsWhen We Were SingingThe Three Penny Opera, and The Number 14. Roy became Artistic Director for Victoria's premier company, The Belfry Theatre, in 1997. There, Roy directed over twenty-five plays including productions of Mary’s WeddingHomechildA Perfect Ganesh, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. In November 2007, Roy began his tenure as Artistic & Executive Director of Montreal's flagship English language company, Centaur Theatre. For Centaur, Roy directed many innovative, challenging, acclaimed productions, several of which were huge box office successes of world premiere productions including The Saint Leonard ChroniclesSchwartz's: The MusicalLast Night at the Gayety and Triplex Nervosa. Roy has directed at the National Arts Centre, The Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Alberta Theatre Projects, Axis Theatre, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Carousel Theatre, The Kay Meek Centre, The Globe Theatre, Melbourne, The Kings Theatre, Glasgow, The National Theatre School, UBC, U Vic, and Studio 58.

Amy lynn Strilchuk
General Manager
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Amy Strilchuk has over 12 years of arts administration experience at some of Western Canada’s most prominent new creation companies, including Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Club Theatre Company, Ballet BC, Gateway Theatre, and Green Thumb Theatre. The core of her work is developing and marketing new Canadian theatre. She has dramaturged over a dozen world premieres by Canadian playwrights and has marketed, publicized, and/or toured acclaimed new works like Onegin (Amiel Gladstone and Veda Hille), The Piano Teacher (Dorothy Dittrich), The Men in White (Anosh Irani), Mom’s the Word 3 (Mom’s the Word Collective), and The Code (Rachel Aberle). Amy is also part of the leadership team bringing the newly revived Magnetic North Festival to Vancouver in June 2019. She also loves good coffee and a great outfit. 

Annie Jang
Operations Coordinator
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Annie joined the Touchstone team in 2014. A large part of her responsibilities involves keeping the administrative cog turning, with some finance and marketing duties woven into the mix to round out the role. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BFA in Theatre Production & Design, focusing on stage management. Outside of Touchstone, Annie is currently the bookkeeper at Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. She also maintains the office cookie tradition (though cream puffs show up once in awhile).

Board of Directors

  • Pamela Hawthorn, President
    Retired Artistic Producer
  • Leslie Stark, Vice President
    Teacher, Burnsview Secondary
  • Grace Madrazo, Treasurer
    Manager, Rolfe Benson LLP
  • Arash Amouzgar
    Lawyer, Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Susan Dickson
    Teacher, Vancouver School Board
  • Kevin Hill
    Lawyer, Lawson Lundell LLP
  • Paul Kressock
    Lawyer, Lawson Lundell LLP
  • Elizabeth Reid
    Laywer, Boughton Law Corporation
  • Linda Sum
    Human Rights and Diversity Consultant
  • Jack Wright
    Retired Lawyer