Jutta Vertegaal – Retired, carving a new path, what are actors really like?

Feisty, straight forward. That’s Jutta Vertegaal. Retired – yes. But not forgotten. Today she focusses on her biggest strengths  – making lists, being organized and thinking ahead.

Feisty, straight forward. That’s Jutta Vertegaal.

Retired – yes.

But not forgotten.

Today she focusses on her biggest strengths  – making lists, being organized and thinking ahead.

As props manager at Deep Cove Stage Society, a community theatre company since 1974, she puts all those skills to work.

Jutta  was born in Munich, Germany in 1947.  After graduating from High School, she received her diploma as a bilingual Secretary (German & English) at a Business College near Stuttgart.

She worked as a bilingual secretary in Germany and Holland.

In 1968 she moved to Vancouver., got married and had two children.  Her  marriage ended after 20 years in 1988, and she continued her life as a single parent for 14 years.  In 1989 she joined the Federal Government as an Executive Assistant for several different branches within the same ministry, until she finally reached her goal, the position as the executive assistant to the Regional Director of the ministry in 2007. “It was an extremely interesting and very hectic job, but I loved it,” she says.

In 2012 she retired. “After this very busy job, I wanted to stay active and after careful consideration, I joined and volunteered at Deep Cove Stage Society, a North Shore community theatre.  I enjoy working backstage since March 2012; additionally, I have also procured props for several plays.  I have worked in this capacity in16 productions over the past 5 ½ years. “

“In 2012, I also joined the DCSS Executive Board of Directors as Secretary.  I am also their Membership Chair, prepare their quarterly Newsletters to members and have numerous other portfolios.”

In this episode of Cool Conversations Jutta Vertegaal talks about:

Why wearing black is so important as a props manager at a community theatre.
How much time she spends weekly as a volunteer on rehearsals of upcoming theatre productions.
What are actors like behind the scenes?
Why she got involved with theatre productions.
And much, much more.


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