‘Hello My Name Is…’ is a new profile series on The Cultch blog. Each month we’ll feature a staff member, volunteer, subscriber, or community mover and shaker. Stay tuned for upcoming photos and interviews and drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a burning question for one of our staff members or volunteers!
Last year, 114 volunteers contributed over 4492 hours to The Cultch in both our theatres and admin office! Many of these amazing people have been with the theatre for years, including Nena Pierre who’s been volunteering at The Cultch for the past four years.
Nena Pierre (Volunteer Usher and Admin Assistant)
Q: Well hello there. Who are you and what do you do at The Cultch?
Hi, I’m Nena and I volunteer here as an usher and at the reception desk!
Q: What inspires you?
Anyone doing their thing with sincerity and passion.
Q: Why do you volunteer at The Cultch?
It’s part of my neighborhood, and community. I love the closeness and immediacy of live theatre – what the performers and audience bring to any show. Volunteering here gives me a chance to witness this all the time. I’ve seen so many great shows here and I have loved feeling even just a small part of it all.
Nena inside the Historic Theatre
Q: Favourite show you’ve ever seen at The Cultch?
A: So hard to pick just one… I love puppetry and feel really excited when Old Trout Puppet Workshop or Ronnie Burkett are bringing a show to The Cultch. This year I saw Loon at the Fringe, then Grim and Fischer at The Cultch by WONDERHEADS Theatre and now I’m a big fan of them too.
Q: Favourite place to eat on the Drive?
A: Once again sooo hard to say just one place – coffee is my sustenance! I get all my beans from Continental and like to stop in at Turks now and again. Turks stovetop is heavenly….
Q: What’s a typical day like volunteering at the front desk?
A: Do I dare say quiet and calm and sometimes fun…? Jenn G ( Head FOH Manager) and Ricky ( Marketing Coordinator) will make sure I keep busy!
Nena has been volunteering at The Cultch for the past 4 years
Q: What’s a typical night like ushering at The Cultch?
A: Depending on how many shows are going on that night it can be anywhere from fun to slightly mad! The other volunteers are great to get to know and work with. Then there’s always a bit of excitement getting everyone settled into the show.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about the theatre scene in Vancouver?
A: There are so many great theatre festivals all year long and the Vancouver theatre scene is anything but dull. There is always something to suit anyone’s tastes or sense of curiosity and adventure!
Looking to gain valuable work experience in a Historic Theatre? We’re always looking for a friendly and organized arts-loving person to manage our front desk! Click here for position details and how to apply.