Board of Directors
BEN RATNER – PRESIDENT
Ben Ratner is an award-winning actor, writer, and director. Best known for starring in internationally acclaimed Canadian films such as Dirty, Last Wedding, and Mount Pleasant, as well as the television series DaVinci’s City Hall, Ratner also wrote and directed the feature film Moving Malcolm, which was awarded a First Film Special Distinction at The 2003 Montreal World Film Festival. Ratner has also directed the popular series Robson Arms for CTV, and the short film Power Lunch, which premiered at the 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival. As a writer, Ratner is currently developing a one-hour dramatic television series for CTV. A protégé of internationally renowned acting teacher and author (The Power of The Actor) Ivana Chubbuck, Ratner currently offers on-going scene-study classes to many of Canada’s top actors at his own studio, and teaches the course “Working With Actors” at Emily Carr University.
NICK LEA – VICE-PRESIDENT
Nick has found success as an actor in both Canada and the U.S. Best known for his 7 years on the internationally acclaimed X Files, Nick has also been a series lead on various other projects like John Woo’s Once A Thief, Drive, Earth Angles and Whistler were Nick also served as series producer. Nick’s 20 years in the business has also seen recurring roles on CSI, NYPD Blue, Men In Trees, Kyle XY, Andromeda and The Commish. Some of Nick’s feature film credits include Vertical Limit, Butterfly On A Wheel, Bruce Sweeney’s American Venus and Excited, and Moving Malcolm. Among many other TV credits Nick has also been a lead performer in a number of Movies of the Week, including, The Investigation, Threshold and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye. Nick is a Gemini and Leo nominated actor.
Nick is very proud to be on the Board of Directors for the Babz Chula Society.
PAUL ARMSTRONG – TREASURER
Paul Armstrong is a Vancouver-based film, television and theatre producer. Feature film credits include Moving Malcolm by Benjamin Ratner, See Grace Fly by Pete McCormack and Ill Fated by Mark Lewis. Short film credits include Mon amour mon parapluie, Break a Leg Rosie, The Bar and Everything’s Coming Up Rosie. He has also produced music videos for for Bif Naked, Jim Byrnes, Jessie Farrell & Jeff Martin and has produced 20 plays. Paul is co-founder & producer of The Celluloid Social Club, a monthly screening of independent short films, and First Weekend Club’s Canada Screens, a monthly screening of Canadian feature films. He is currently in production on the documentary Revolution, The Legacy of the Sixties and in development on three dramatic feature films.
REBECCA COLEMAN – SECRETARY
Rebecca Coleman has been a freelance theatre publicist since 2001, working for companies like Touchstone, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Capilano University’s Theatre Department, Presentation House, Radix, and Leaky Heaven Circus. An actor, writer and producer, she is also very passionate about helping artists to be better businesspeople. An early adopter of Social Media (she began blogging and joined Facebook in 2007, and Twitter in 2008), she has become increasingly interested in using it as a marketing tool, and writes about the subject frequently on her blog, The Art of the Business. She has written an e-book called The Guide to The Guide to Getting Started With Social Media for Artists and Arts Organizations, which helps newbies create a marketing plan using social networking as a tool. She instructs courses in Social Media Marketing at Emily Carr University and BCIT, and travels internationally giving workshops.
Other members of the Board of Directors:
Larry is a Vancouver-based cinemetographer, director and teacher at Vancouver Film School. He is also Babz Chula’s husband.
Bruce was born in Montreal and moved to Vancouver three years ago. He is happy to be a part of the local artistic community and proud to be a member of the Babz Chula Lifeline for Artists Society.
Voted “Canada’s Favorite Female Television Star” in TV Guide’s Annual Readers Poll, Gabrielle Miller comes from strong hippy roots, where her love for acting blossomed while performing “original” plays for her family. Miller now has over 60 film and television credits to her name, including starring roles in Canada’ s runaway hit CTV series, Corner Gas, and the critically acclaimed Robson Arms. She is one of Canada’s most beloved and best-known faces, and has accumulated over 10 million visitors to her personal website. Gabrielle has been the recipient of numerous awards for both her comedy and drama work.