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Tue Jun 9, 2020

Q & A with Claire Mohun

Meet our staff!

A series of Q&As that take a peek behind the curtain at the working lives (and working-from-home lives) of Chan Centre staff members.

Here, we learn more about Associate Marketing and PR Manager Claire Mohun.

"The most memorable moments for me are when the immaculate acoustics in the concert hall inspire an artist to play a track completely unplugged from the edge of the stage as if it’s their living room (alongside 1200 of their closest friends). I’ve seen it happen a few times, and it always leaves me breathless. And it’s something livestreaming can’t replace."

Claire Mohun

Name: Claire Mohun

 

Chan Centre staff member since: February 2012

 

What is your official job title?

Associate Marketing and PR Manager

 

What does that mean, in a nutshell?

The marketing and communications department creates strategic campaigns that aim to engage and excite potential audiences about the performing arts programming taking place at the Chan Centre. Whether I’m writing a press release about an upcoming concert, creating an email campaign to send updates to our ticket buyers, or interviewing an artist for a Q&A on chancentre.com, the goal is always to keep audiences informed about the great performances that happen here. We also work closely with our programming, ticketing, front of house, and production colleagues to ensure our visitors have excellent experiences overall.

 

Why a career in the arts? What is your background?

I trained as a dancer growing up, and come from a family of journalists who deeply appreciate (and practice) the arts. After graduating with a degree in communications from SFU, I held several marketing roles with organizations here in Vancouver including a communications agency that focused on arts and culture clients—one of which was the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts! And here I am.

 

Chan Centre staff are working from home these days. What’s helping you cope? Keeping you inspired?

I feel as fortunate as ever to live on the north shore with easy access to vast networks of forest and seaside trails and pathways. I’ve been reading (non-fiction, mostly), discovering new music, doing modest renovations on my 109-yr-old home, and yes, baking—I think I’m on batch number 7 of these (don’t sleep on the sea salt).

What is your favourite part of the building?

More of a feeling than a location, but standing in the wings right before a performance begins. I’ve loved peeking out at the audience piling in for as long as I can remember, whether it’s me hitting the stage or not. Honourable mention goes to walking through the evergreen-framed glass lobby when it’s pouring rain out, pounding down on the skylights. So very Vancouver.

 

If you could hire any living artist to appear on the Chan Centre stage, who would it be?

Childish Gambino or Stevie Nicks.

 

What is your go-to UBC lunch grab?

A chicken sandwich from The Delly in the Nest (UBC’s student union building). They’re made-to-order and towering.

 

What is your most memorable Chan Centre moment?

The most memorable moments for me are when the immaculate acoustics in the concert hall inspire an artist to play a track completely unplugged from the edge of the stage as if it’s their living room (alongside 1200 of their closest friends). I’ve seen it happen a few times—Mariza, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Chris Thile—and it always leaves me breathless. And it’s something livestreaming can’t replace.

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