Jacqueline Ko (she/her) is a multi-award-winning soprano who “knows exactly what to do with an absolutely gorgeous voice” (Review Vancouver). A versatile artist who has performed in opera, theatre, musical theatre and film, a few of her recent principal roles include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Sharon in Master Class and the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. She has been praised for her “definite aptitude” (Opera Canada) as the founding artistic director of Opera Mariposa, and is internationally recognized as a disability advocate who has raised over $110,000 to date for chronic neuroimmune diseases such as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), with which she has lived since age six. Thanks to her work advancing disability visibility in the arts, in 2019 she was selected to become the first Canadian Ambassador for the Open Medicine Foundation, a global organization whose other representatives include international bestselling authors and Nobel laureates.
Associate Director of Artistic Planning
Robin Hahn (she/they) is a Metropolitan Opera Award-winning lyric soprano, stage director, voice teacher and multi-disciplinary artist with a wide variety of operatic performance credits, including productions of Così fan tutte in the Netherlands; concerts broadcast on national television from the south of Spain; Canada-wide tours with the Chinese Radio Broadcasting Orchestra; and many appearances onstage with theatres, orchestras and choruses across Germany. Her stage direction has been hailed as “well-honed” and “delightful” (Opera Canada), and her productions often focus on reinterpreting and updating heteronormative stories. Robin is also a longtime advocate for those with chronic illnesses through her work with Opera Mariposa, of which she is a co-founder. She has recently launched her YouTube channel exploring opera, disability and LGBTQ+ issues.
Stephanie Ko (she/her/hers) is a disabled arts administrator, producer, designer and national award-winning writer based in Vancouver, BC. As well as being Opera Mariposa’s general manager, she has been involved in chronic illness advocacy for over a decade in partnership with organizations like the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, the ME|FM Society of BC, the National ME/FM Action Network and the Nightingale Foundation. Alongside her sister Jacqueline, she currently works with the Open Medicine Foundation, a global nonprofit effort driving research into chronic complex diseases and COVID-19. Stephanie is also a Community Council member for the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance; a costume designer whose award-winning garments have appeared on stages across North America; and a graphic designer and photo editor whose work has been published in such outlets as the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight and Opera Canada magazine.
Katie Gillespie (she/her/hers) is a disabled recovering grad student, with a background in communications and a passion for all community-engaged arts. Over the last ten years, she has volunteered with local companies including the North Shore Light Opera Society, Heroic Opera, East Van Opera, Metro Theatre, United Players of Vancouver and, of course, Opera Mariposa, in greater and lesser capacities as her health dictated. In roles ranged from board member to box office, from communications associate to doing whatever small tasks she could do, her focus and passion has always been making theatre more accessible, whether that’s trying to promote it to younger people, or to make it more affordable or more physically accessible. Katie has been a part of the Opera Mariposa team since 2014, and despite worsening health, is excited and committed to contributing what she can to an arts org explicitly dedicated to promoting disability access in opera and theatre.
Christie A. Pollock (she/her) has been reorganizing the costume collection, greeting audience members from the ticket table, and consulting on the creation of prop songbirds for Opera Mariposa since 2014, in addition to her primary role editing and writing copy. She has also enjoyed volunteering with other performing arts companies in Vancouver including Heroic Opera and East Van Opera. A lifelong choral singer with a linguistics degree and multiple disabilities, much of her free time outside of the indie opera world is devoted to patient-centred health care initiatives. Christie collaborates frequently with BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services and the Patient Voices Network, through which she has contributed to provincial policy and procedure changes, edited an array of written materials, and reviewed abstracts for research challenges and a conference. She is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree at SFU in psychology.