Wendy Bollard, Artistic Director
Wendy Bollard has spent a lifetime in the performing arts. She is a trained actor and successful jazz vocalist who has performed in England, Ireland, US and Canada. In 2010 she started Peninsula Productions with Geoff Giffin. Since then she has directed seven critically and artistically successful plays including one Canadian Premiere. She has also produced over twenty concerts, directed a staged reading series and created NextGen a theatre program for young performing artists. In 2015 Wendy travelled to London, England to obtain her Masters in Directing. While there she was the assistant director on various plays at RADA and worked with the world-renowned theatre company Improbable on the UK tour of Opening Skinner’s Box. After returning to Vancouver she immediately went into rehearsals at the Arts Club where she assisted Dean Paul Gibson on The Flick. Wendy will spend the summer of 2017 as an apprentice director at Bard on the Beach and directing a newly commissioned play by Shawn MacDonald for Peninsula Productions called Sea of Stories to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Wendy is a member of the City of Surrey’s Culture Advisory Board and past member of the White Rock Culture Advisory board. She is a prime driving force behind Peninsula Production’s success. In 2013, Wendy’s efforts and abilities were recognized when she received the Surrey Women in Business Award as Innovator of the Year.
Wendy is delighted to be the Artistic Director for Peninsula Productions where she can put all of her passion and experience to good use.
Jacqueline Sephton, Office Administrator
Our Board Members
Geoff Giffin, President
Geoff was advised at a very young age to follow the arts but, being who he is, he chose science, studied physics and went to work in various high tech fields, including NASA. Now pursuing his love for music and theatre, he finds that all the technical skills he mastered during his first career to be highly relevant to promoting and producing arts events. In addition to his work for Peninsula Productions he serves in various capacities around the area, and is dedicated to making the Semiahmoo Peninsula a destination for all kinds of performance art experience.
Janice Cook, Secretary
Janice Cook, graduated from Queens University, Kingston with a BSc , Geology and from Lakehead University with a post graduate diploma in Business Administration. She is an avid reader whose interest in theatre was intensified by Russ Waller, an amazing drama professor at Queen’s. Born in Ottawa, Janice has lived with her family on the peninsula for over 25 years and now is delighted to have more time to be actively involved in the local community, especially helping to promote quality artistic performances through with Peninsula Productions Society.
Chris Mould, CPA, CA, Treasurer
Chris is a Business Advisor in MNP’s Private Enterprise Services group in Surrey. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2003. He is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA), qualifying in 2006. In addition to Peninsula Productions Society, he is actively involved with the Surrey Board of Trade, including being on the Business Excellence Awards Advisory Committee and Development and Land Use Advisory Committee.
Tony Roper, Director
Anthony Roper F.I.C.S., is a Chartered Shipbroker, retired as president of Star Shipping (Canada) Ltd., and of Squamish Terminals Ltd. During his time in the Maritime Industry, he served as Chair of the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia, Chair of the Western Marine Community, Chair of the International Maritime Centre and Board member of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association. He is a long time-member of the Vancouver Bach Choir and has recently stepped down after five years as President of that organisation. He has also stepped down after five years as President of Fraser Valley Stage Society in Abbotsford, although still an active member, is a founding member of the group “Three Broads & A Baritone”, and currently sings with “I Divi”.
Michele Partridge, Director
Film Industry Professional Michele Partridge is the founder and owner of White Rock’s The Drama Class. Michele has worked in B.C.’s local film industry for over 25 years working in front of the screen (acting professionally for 10 years) and later behind the camera (casting and producing). Her film making career as a film producer took her to several international film festivals and speaking engagements around the world. The critically acclaimed Canadian feature film she produced, “Horsey” was distributed in Roger’s Video stores across Canada and later on pay per view on Movie Central. Michele has also owned several businesses including 2 successful acting studios in the lower mainland, The Studio on the Drive (co-founded) and Kids Only Acting Classes. Wanting to try a different industry, she worked at Electronic Arts producing video games for a few years before moving to White Rock and starting a family. In 2012 Michele opened The Drama Class in White Rock as she missed teaching acting and her kids wanted to take acting classes and Michele couldn’t find any locally. The Drama Class offers programs for actors of all ages starting from age 4 to adult in drama, film & television, commercials, musical theatre, voice training and voice-over training. Michele is thrilled to join the talented team at Peninsula Productions as a new Board Member helping with Social Media and Promotions.