Governor (British Columbia) 2011-2013
Since April 2011, Ivan Habel is general manager for The Belfry Theatre, dedicated to producing contemporary plays, with an emphasis on Canadian works. Previously, Ivan was director of Green Thumb Theatre, a company specializing in touring new productions for youth across the country. Ivan has held various arts administration posts including director of planning and education at the Stratford Festival, director of production at the Shaw Festival and various positions with Live Entertainment including production manager, technical director and concerts production supervisor. He has also worked with and for Opera Atelier, Canadian Stage and the National Arts Centre among others. He has worked in or toured into most provinces and internationally in a variety of art forms. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ivan’s work has included experience in design and production as well as management positions. He has served on several juries for the British Columbia Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Vancouver, including several multi-disciplinary assessment committees. Ivan is currently active in advocacy efforts for increased and stable funding for artists in BC and participates on several committees for PACT including the Labour Relations Committee, the Membership Taskforce and other activities. He has previously served on the board and executive for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and as director of the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Association.