Patty Chop-Board President
Patty Chop has been involved in the arts in one way or another since she was young. In the 70’s Patty was able to inspire young minds as an art history teacher at Mount Royal College and an art teacher in public high schools and in Calgary and Winnipeg. Additionally, she ran supplementary volunteer ceramics programs in elementary schools in Ontario. Growing up, Patty studied tap, ballet, public speaking, piano and voice. Further training as a life guard, synchronized and swimming instructor helped prepare Patty as a triathlete which she excelled at throughout her sixties.
These days, Patty enjoys gardening, golf, bridge, traveling, cooking, the symphony, theatre and especially Broken Rhythms Dance. Patty also works independently as a visual artist with glass and printing on clay in her studio. Her experience being a wife, mother and grandmother has given Patty life skills and passion that will add to the multi-talented board of Broken Rhythms Dance.
Sean Guist-Vice President
Administrator by day and queer artist, producer and director by night, Sean curates Intrepid Theatre’s new queer theatre festival, OUTstages, launched in July 2015. He holds his MFA (2012) in Directing and BFA in Performance from the University of Lethbridge, and has facilitated classes and workshops in movement, physical theatre and scene study and has acted, directed, designed, produced and performed in shows and cabarets on the Fringe circuit, independently and as a freelance artist. Recent credits include: directing Side by Side by Sondheim (Saltwater Inc,Victoria), Down Dangerous Passes Road (independent, Victoria), Menotti’s one-act opera The Telephone (Lethbridge), and Michel Marc Bouchard’s The Madonna Painter (thesis project, Lethbridge); producing (and performing in) the annual cabaret, Pretty, Witty and GAY! (2007-2009) and Homo for the Holidays, a holiday spectacular fundraiser for Intrepid Theatre in 2013 and Homo for the Holidays: The Sequel in December 2014. Sean has occupied the desk in the corner upstairs at Intrepid as the Marketing & Development Manager since 2013. When not sitting in the dark watching theatre, dance and opera, Sean can be found swimming laps in the pool, lounging oceanside, and sitting on the Board of Directors for indie dance company Broken Rhythms.
Gillian Calder-Board Secretary
Gillian Calder is an Associate Professor, and the Associate Dean, Academic and Student Relations at UVic Law where she teaches Constitutional Law and Family Law. Her research interests include performance and law, and critical legal pedagogy, including the use of performance based and visual arts to teach law. Trained primarily in the theatre techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed, Gillian is proud to have a scholarly paper that she has danced at several international legal conferences! Gillian brings to the Broken Rhythms Board experience as a Board member on several non-profit organizations including Nightwood Theatre in Toronto, Puente Theatre in Victoria, and Vancouver-based West Coast LEAF. Gillian is the single-parent of a 15 year old artist who was a former student of Dyana’s at Stages Dance Company in Victoria.
Kathy Coleman– Treasurer
Born and mostly raised in Victoria, apart from postings to Red Deer and Germany when she was a child, Kathy Coleman is a retired junior high/middle school teacher who taught mainly second language French in the Sooke School District for all her teaching career. Since her retirement in 2011, she has taught language arts to visiting Korean language students, edited masters’ papers, corrected university papers, and is now on contract with the University of Victoria, advising and observing student teachers in the classroom. She has always enjoyed her home and garden, but is equally happy to travel, and has enjoyed visits to Great Britain, France and Italy with extended family and friends. Most recently, she travelled to Cuba with her immediate family. She is delighted to be sitting on the Broken Rhythms board, her first experience at this sort of thing. Kathy is married with two sons and a daughter-in-law.