Staff & Board

New Works Team:

Julie Mamias

 Executive Director

Julie is an Arts Administrator who is passionate about supporting artists in their everyday tasks so they can focus all of their energies on their art. For the past 20 years, Julie has been dedicated to the Performing Arts’ milieu with passion and enthusiasm. She has built her career in non-profit organizations of varying sizes, disciplines and mandates both in France and Canada. One major career step was when she became the Managing Director of the Theatre of the Oppressed in Paris where she was responsible for all aspects of year-round theatre operations, both artistic and business. Collaborating very closely with the artistic company, she learned a lot from Augusto Boal’s dramatic techniques whose purpose is to bring to light systemic exploitation and oppression within common situations, and to allow spectators to become actors.For 5 years, she has been the General Manager of Ex Voto à La Lune, a French theatre company which invents transmedia devices that move the spectator and question the links between theatrical forms, the relationship with audiences and the stage space. This time has been a key learning experience where she dealt with all moving parts of a non-profit organization in the Arts. Driven to seek new challenges, in 2015 she moved to Vancouver from Paris, where she joined with Dance West Network (previously called Made in BC-Dance on Tour) to lead the Francophone mentoring program. During her tenure, she built new partnerships to expand the network of presenters, fostered relationships with artists, and supported them in their touring process. Additionally, she took over the daily administration of the organization, partnering with the Executive Director to manage most initiatives and planning future projects for the organization. Since February 2019, Julie is honoured to be the Executive Director of New Works, collaborating with a wonderful Team and supporting the Dance Community in many ways. Julie is also the proud mom of Suzanne and Thomas, her two little budding artists.


Katheryn Petersen 

Operations Manager and Artist Support

Katheryn is an arts presenter, administrator, and event manager with over thirty years of programming, fundraising, marketing and community outreach expertise. She is passionate about the advancement and exploration of the arts and she is committed to healthy community building through the cultivation of equitable representation practices. Prior work includes Managing Artistic Director of the Accordion Noir Festival, Managing Administrator for Kinesis Dance,  and Admin/Promotional Agent for private clients at Doublegroove Arts.


Cheyenne Goolcharan

Communications Manager

Cheyenne Goolcharan (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary artist, arts educator, and marketer with over 15 years of experience in the dance ethos. In her career as an independent dance teacher and choreographer, she has instructed all ages and abilities in cultural styles of dance. She is an Emerging Arts Educator with VIBE Arts where she focuses on community-engaged programming and youth involvement in the arts. Most recently, she has worked on several award-nominated music video productions for Canadian artists TOBi and Witch Prophet. She also has several years of experiential and digital marketing experience with arts organizations and corporate brands and is excited to use her knowledge to amplify New Works’ mission and to empower and make space for under-represented voices. 


Frankie McGee

Share Dance Coordinator

Frankie is a youth worker, poet, and arts facilitator of Irish settler descent, living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. They have worked with children and youth across the city, including at a youth drop-in centre, as a support worker with disabled students in schools, in after school care & school break camps, and as an arts-based workshop facilitator with Reframing Relations and Out in Schools. Frankie has been involved with arts organizations since 2013, making space for marginalized voices, and increasing accessibility and community care in the spoken word community. In all their work, Frankie aims to open up space for people to feel freedom and power in their bodies, minds, and stories. They are excited to be working in the Share Dance program at New Works!


Beverly Walker

Interim Program Coordinator (Contractor)

It is amazing to be back at New Works! 
What a pleasure to coordinate performances and special events with fantastic artists and generous community partners. Previously for New Works I have been honoured to stage manage the first Pop Up Dances on CMHC Granville Island from an RV (International Dance Day, 2007), patrol temporary fencing at the Italian Gardens (Bollywood Wedding, South Asian Arts, 2009), and direct thousands of audience members at the Vancouver Public Library Promenade on a box with a bull horn (In Situ, Aeriosa 2010).


Michelle Kneale

Development and Artist Support (Contractor)

Michelle Kneale is an arts administrator, and dramaturg with over 10 years experience in professional theatre; She has worked for companies such as Boca del Lupo, Pi Theatre, Alberta Playwrights Network, Pumphouse Theatre, Handsome Alice Theatre, African Friendship Society, and Ne. Sans Opera and Dance. Michelle is currently Board Past President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and Board Vice President of Playwrights Canada Press. Michelle has experience with producing, governance, operations, administration, communications & outreach, grant writing, planning, leadership transitions, artist support, programming, as well as physical and digital organizing.

Maura Doherty

Bookkeeper (Contractor)

Maura Doherty is an arts bookkeeper, passionate about financial systems and helping artists dot i’s and cross t’s so they can focus on the art itself. She has had the privilege of working with artists and arts organizations of varying sizes, disciplines, and mandates over the past ten years in many different capacities, including operations management, facility management and volunteer coordination. She currently provides bookkeeping services for non-profits and charities such as The Western Front, VIVO Media Arts, C-Space, New Works, Foolish Operations, Théâtre La Seizième, The Chop Theatre, and Wild Bird Trust of BC.


2021 Board of Directors:

  • Ben Shockey, President
  • Fiorella Pinillos, Vice-President
  • Lisa McAllister, Treasurer
  • Vidya Kotamraju, Secretary
  • Bradley Trenaman, Member at Large