Introducing Our New Board Members

Apr 21, 2022


Western Front is thrilled to introduce three new members to our Board of Directors — Shae Anthony, Kate Barry, and Ryan Tacata. All join our board following an open call for directors posted across November and December, 2021. The open call generated a swell of interest with us receiving many more applications than positions to be filled. We thank all of those who put their names forward to volunteer their time and expertise. Shae, Kate, and Ryan will commence their duties in May, 2022, and we look forward to the diverse experience and leadership they will bring to the governance of Western Front. We welcome you to learn more about our new board members below.

Shae Anthony

Shae Anthony is an Irish and Delaware woman trespassing on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sƏl̓ílwƏtaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) lands. She is a practicing artist, art therapist (thesis pending), registered psychotherapist (qualifying), and art educator. Shae is passionate about fostering creativity in people of all ages and thinks that creativity is the closest thing that we have to magic. Shae is in the process of obtaining her Art Therapy certification through the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, and works with Arts Umbrella and DAREarts to deliver art programming to parents, toddlers, and elementary students. Shae believes in solidarity through mutual aid and volunteers with her local open access fridge with the goal of providing easily accessible, free, and healthy food to all community members.

Kate Barry

Kate Barry is a performance artist currently based in the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and sƏl̓ílwƏtaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Her work investigates queerness, subjectivity, and embodied practice through painting, drawing, and video. She has also contributed over 25 years to working in artist-run spaces in Canada, including as a board member at FADO Performance Art Centre (2011-14), project manager for More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2016), archival and research associate for Wordless: The Performance Art of Rebecca Belmore (2019), and as the programmer for the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen launched by grunt gallery in 2019. Currently, she is a sessional faculty at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) and is a member of the collective, MARFEC (Mutual Aid and Reciprocity Fund at ECU).

Ryan Tacata

Ryan Tacata is a performance maker and writer based in Vancouver. His collaborative art practice is situated between live art and social practice, and engages in place making, ordinary acts, and gift-giving. His work has been presented internationally, including at the Asian Art Museum, Stanford University, the City of Chicago, Court Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Museum of Performance + Design, and The Momentary. He is co-artistic director of the performance group For You, and Assistant Professor of Performance at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University.

A full list of our Board of Directors can be found here.

If you have any questions about Western Front’s Board of Directors or membership, please contact our Operations Manager, Allison Liu.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.