The Ghost River Theatre Board of Directors are made up of an eclectic group of passionate volunteers drawn from Calgary’s diverse professional community. The Board serves as ambassadors for GRT’s artistic works to the broader community and provides valuable oversight and guidance to ensure GRT remains a sustainable not-for-profit arts organization within the cultural ecology of Calgary, Alberta and Canada.
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CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS
Michelle Forrieter - PRESIDENT
Michelle Forrieter is a lawyer working in Alberta's energy industry and is thrilled to be a part of the excellent Ghost River Theatre team. Although always an avid theatre-goer, the Ghost River Theatre Board is her first behind the scenes involvement in the professional theatre community, and she is constantly inspired by the depth of commitment and creativity that she has seen at Ghost River Theatre. Michelle holds a BA in Political Science, a BSc in Environmental Science, and an LLB, all from the University of Calgary. Like many Calgarians she loves spending time out the mountains hiking, camping and skiing, and has become an avid gardener since having a little plot of earth to call her own.
CURTIS MARBLE - DIRECTOR
Curtis Marble is a new member of the Board. He is a lawyer and practises in a number of litigation areas, in particular international arbitration and commercial litigation. Curtis holds a BA in political science from the University of British Columbia an MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and a JD from the University of Calgary. He loves flying, and holds private pilot and glider pilot licences.
Drew Anderson - DIRECTOR
I’m a third-generation Calgarian and a journalist and editor who has transitioned from ink and paper to pixels and bytes. I started my career with Fast Forward Weekly, where I went from being a freelancer, to the arts editor, to the editor of the whole shebang and eventually publisher as well. I made a pit stop at Swerve along the way.
My current job is as an online journalist and weekend assignment producer at CBC Calgary where I cover everything from petty crimes to political shenanigans, writing small pieces and longer feature articles.I recently sat on the board of the Rozsa Foundation for four years and, way back in the mists of time, was a board member for the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group.
JARED ANUIK - TREASURER
Jared is a Chartered Professional Accountant working as an auditor in the Public Sector. Jared has always been interested in theatre, starting at the age of 5 when he was awarded a supporting role in his elementary school's version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." He is very excited to apply his financial knowledge and experience to the Ghost River Theatre society, as well as make connections with the theatre community of Calgary. In his spare time, Jared likes to go biking, snowboarding, collect vinyl records, and be caregiver to his cat Charlie.
Melanie Pituch is a corporate lawyer who works in the renewable energy industry and is excited to support Calgary’s creative community as a part of Ghost River Theatre. Melanie earned her BComm and JD degrees from the University of Calgary and also attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong on exchange. She spends her time volunteering in the local community, where she is also a board member of the Famous 5 Foundation, and enjoys travelling and checking out new restaurants.
Stacey Smith works in post-secondary education as a fund development officer, helping to eliminate financial barriers for students looking to pursue their dreams. She is a recent addition to the board and new the arts community, and was inspired to join Ghost River Theatre because of the amazing creativity of the company and their dedication to the community. Stacey has a Professional Cooking Diploma from SAIT and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary. She loves to combine her love of the outdoors and travelling with her love of food and wine. After a day of gardening, hiking or kayaking a glass of Riesling is usually not too far away.
Jon Harris joined the Ghost River Theatre board in the summer of 2017. As a musician himself, he has a great appreciation for the arts in terms of both the incredible talent waiting to be nurtured, and the significant challenges and barriers faced by artists. Jon has performed with a number of internationally recognized groups and was a member of the Calgary Fiddlers and section violinist of the Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) while growing up in Calgary. Beyond music, Jon has several years experience in sales, primarily within the construction industry, and now operates a small technology-based business and invests in U.S. real estate. He looks forward to working with Ghost River Theatre.
Tara Kazemi is an experienced business development professional passionate about entrepreneurship and technology. Born in Iran and raised in Alberta, Tara graduated from the University of Alberta's Department of Economics in 2013 and has experience in a multitude of sectors (i.e., public sector, financial services, energy and tech). Tara gives back to the community by being an advisor to high school students through Junior Achievement’s Company Program and being on Ghost River Theatre's Board of Directors, where she leads the strategic planning committee. When Tara isn't working, she's practicing Muay Thai, computer programming or tending to her failing garden plants.