The Team

Jacqueline Ko

Artistic Director​

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, film and sound recordings, 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.

Robin Hahn

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 Robin Hahn, sopran, which explores opera, disability and LGBTQ+ issues.

Stephanie Ko

General Manager

Stephanie Ko (she/her/hers) is a disabled arts administrator, 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 sitting 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 outlets such as the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight and Opera Canada magazine.

Katie Gillespie

Communications Associate

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 decade, 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 dictates. 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 promoting it to younger people, or making 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 organization explicitly dedicated to promoting disability access in opera and theatre.

Christie A. Pollock

Communications Associate​

Christie A. Pollock (she/her) has been reorganizing the costume collection, welcoming audience members at the box office, and consulting on the creation of prop songbirds for Opera Mariposa since 2014, in addition to her primary role writing and editing 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, in roles ranging from panel speaking, to research challenges, to reviewing provincial policy and procedure. She is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree at SFU in psychology.