Our Board

Our board is volunteer based and governance driven. They are guardians of the mandate and champions of the vision. You can contact them at [email protected]

Lisa Congo

President

Lisa Congo is a lifelong Calgarian. She just recently graduated with her Masters in Christian Studies. Lisa is the Principal Director of Programming and Operations with Sonshine Community Services – a Calgary 2nd Stage Women's Shelter. She loves to read, sing and do competitive knitting. Lisa believes strongly that the theatre arts are a critical tool for communicating truth and the reality of the lived human existence.

Lisa Congo

Brenda Jonsson

Vice President

As a child, Brenda dreamed of acting in, directing and producing Nancy Drew movies. But she ended up pursuing, instead of theatre arts, the practical field of business (of all things)! God, in His wisdom, has used that to enable Brenda to become a patron of the arts, including theatre, ballet, opera and symphony. After a two year hiatus, Brenda rejoined the Board and is glad to once again know what goes on behind the scenes at Fire Exit. Brenda considers herself an avid supporter of the arts and Fire Exit Theatre in particular, is near and dear to her heart.

Brenda Jonsson

Michael Wing

Treasurer

Michael is passionate about the local arts and culture scene, from theatre to film, live music, festivals and everything in between. He currently works in strategy and corporate development, and has over 15 years of experience in the financial and energy sectors. Michael also enjoys volunteering with other organizations around the city including Commons Church (where he met his wife, Christi), Calgary International Film Festival, and the local community association.

Michael wing

Cheryl Miller

Secretary

Cheryl was born in Vancouver, moving to Calgary at age 9. She's been a singer and sometime actor since elementary school participating in plays, musicals and currently leads worship at her church. Cheryl currently works at Pineridge Community Center as well as with her dad in his business. She loves photography – a camera of some sort is always in her hand – as well as scrapbooking. Cheryl loves to travel, with Paris (actually anything French) being her first love. She also enjoys watching hockey, tennis and building her family genealogy. Cheryl enjoys working both on the box office team and the board to help bring our stories to life.

Cheryl Miller

Glen Hoare

Director at Large

Glen has discovered a new passion in providing behind the scenes support for the arts community in Calgary through Fire Exit Theatre. A graduate of Canadian Bible College with a Bachelor of Religious Education in 2000, he currently works with the Government of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. Glen volunteers his time and talents in a variety of avenues recently including set construction for "Absence".

Glen Hoare

Joy Robinson

Director at Large

Joy is passionate about spreading hope by way of the arts, whether through spoken word or song. She is a Newfoundland-born, Calgary-based artist performing as an actor and most recently as a singer/songwriter. She has performed on stage as an actor with Fire Exit Theatre and off stage in an Assistant Stage Manager role and is now delighted to sit on the company's board. When Joy isn't creating or performing, she can be found at Centre Street Church where she has worked for the last four years as a worship leader and assistant to worship and live video departments.

Joy Robinson

Tom Daumler

Director at Large

Tom Daumler has been a mortgage professional in Calgary for the past 21 years. He and his wife are both from Manitoba and moved to Calgary in 1998. Tom played Jack Frost in a grade school play and passed his talent onto 2 of his 5 daughters who have carried on his legacy and pursued performance art. He is looking forward to encouraging businesses to embrace the arts and support Fire Exit Theatre.

Tom Daumler

Denis Sushkin

Director at Large

Denis was born Kazakhstan and has been living in Canada since 2013. He has a bachelor's degree in linguistics and education and a master's degree in clinical social work. When not working Denis enjoys playing music, walking with his dog JoJo and spending time with his friends. Denis is always on the lookout for a good story - a play, a song or an album, a book, a painting or a conversation with a friend.

Denis Sushkin