Linda McCrossin, President

From a very early start on the stage as Oliver in a musical production of Oliver Twist back in elementary school Linda was bitten by Theatre bug. Fast forward to today with a career in hospitality management that spans 38 years and three major hotel chains Linda brings a unique service first perspective to business. As Director of Catering and Event Management at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel Linda feels blessed every day to have a job that allows the exploration of creativity while helping others to reach their potential. She firmly believes that healthy business relationships start with roots embedded in community engagement, she is an active supporter for the growth of Arts & Culture in business, Child advocacy and the Surrey Food Bank and a community volunteer who is proud to be a member of the Surrey Business Community.

Lorne Seifred, Vice President

I have been a part of the theatre scene in every community I have lived – From around BC to Nova Scotia. Theatre is my outlet! I have always enjoyed being behind the scenes of a production – and if coaxed, can sometimes be seen on stage in a panto (or 2). I am honored that I can be a part of the RCTC family and look forward to many years of live theatre in Surrey.

Sharon Haasdyk, CPA, CGA, Treasurer

Sharon has long been an advocate of providing opportunities to children to learn responsibility for themselves and to others, because this is how confidence and self-esteem are developed, and from there, anything is possible. She is also a strong believer in the importance of a vibrant, connected, healthy community. When her two children were accepted in the ensemble for RCTC’s Sleeping Beauty Panto in 2013, she was excited to find this organization that shares the same values.

As a designated accountant, Sharon’s experience spans public practice, industry and municipal work. She has enjoyed many volunteer roles, including five year with Girl Guides of Canada.  She has volunteered as Front of House staff for RCTC for the last six years, and is looking forward to making her contribution as a Board Member.

Geoff King

Director at Large

Geoff was born in the UK and entered the entertainment industry at a very early age, following a family tradition. He obtained a degree in optics and in the late 60’s he and Ellie King formed a band called Silhouette working at one of the top UK night clubs, and later touring Europe. Geoff and Ellie married in Jersey, Channel Islands and, after the birth of two sons, moved to British Columbia in 1982. Geoff has served as technical director of the Raymond Burr Theatre, the Royal Canadian Theatre Company, and the Evergreen Cultural Centre, becoming executive director at the latter.

Greg Peterson

Director at Large

Greg has a broad ranging background in operations and technical management enjoying the experiences of team work in the development of new initiatives and programs and always learning much along the way. Joining the RCTC Board is a new direction inspired by a lifelong love of live theatre. A marine engineer who grew up locally, he spent years at sea before settling on the west coast to serve in various capacities with BC Ferries and as a Director with the Engineering team for the past 15 years.

Stephen Elcheshen

Director at Large

Stephen has been involved in theatre in many capacities for about sixteen years. He is one of the co-founders and producers of Shadows and Dreams Theatre Co. He has been an actor, director, lighting designer and tech, and stage manager. He has been the resident fight director for Royal Canadian Theatre company for the last eleven years, and has done fight choreography for Shadows and Dreams and several other companies.

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Nigel Brooke

Director

Nigel began his theatrical career with a critically-acclaimed turn as ‘Tree’ and ‘Candy Cane’ in “Hansel and Gretel” at age five. More recently (and relevantly), he is one of the founding members of Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company, which produces a Shakespeare play every summer at the bandshell in Queen’s Park in New Westminster. He has been the resident lightning designer for RCTC since it’s inception, and designed light for dozens of other productions around the lower mainland. He is also on the board of Monster Theatre. In real life, Nigel is a computer programmer, and, oddly enough, does this for “fun”.

Daisy Shoker

Director at Large

Daisy Shoker joins the team of Directors this year in order to give back to the arts – theatre especially. She has always been around the stage, graduating in 1991 as a drama student from high school. Then as a young adult she gravitated to working backstage. It was here that she started working as a makeup artist and hairstylist. Lately, in her role as a parent, she finds herself sitting back as a audience member, enjoying  her young, passionate daughter’s work on stage. In her professional life, Daisy was part of the communications industry as a corporate facilitator for Rogers Communications for many years until 8 years ago she set out on a new endeavour, finding a passion for educating children. Since then she has been employed by the Surrey School District at an elementary school, working with children who have exceptional learning abilities. Daisy feels she has always been blessed with employment opportunities and experiences, and now with her knowledge, experience, and ability she would like to be a part of giving back to others.

Sonia Acosta

Director at Large

Sonia Acosta has a background in accounting,  with more than 15 years practicing, and for the last 5 years as a professional bookkeeper  serving different kind of business in Health, Trade and sales services in the lower mainland.