Artistic & Executive Director (ext 101)
Norman Armour is the Artistic & Executive director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. He is the co-founder of the PuSh Festival, as well Rumble Productions, an interdisciplinary theatre company that continues to be a mainstay Vancouver’s independent theatre scene. Since graduating from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in 1986, he has collaborated on over 120 works for the stage and other media. His career includes producer, director, actor and producer, covering a range of creative interests: devised works and new writing for the stage; contemporary and classical adaptations; site-specific endeavours; large-scale interdisciplinary events; dance/theatre collaborations; and live-remote radio broadcasts. You can catch him on the odd rerun of X Files, as well as films such as Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Capote. He recently directed the premiere of Pauline, an opera by Tobin Stokes and Margaret Atwood on the life and art of Métis poet Pauline Johnson.
Managing Director (ext 102)
At PuSh I’m the Managing Director – so I do bits of everything.
Before PuSh I guess my first step toward PuSh came in 2005 when I worked at Aurora Nova (Edinburgh Fringe), which introduced me to the kind of creation-based, hybrid performance that really inspires me, and that my career would ultimately follow. After Edinburgh, I moved to Toronto where I worked with a range of remarkable companies including Volcano, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Dreamwalker Dance, Soulpepper, Why Not Theatre, and Company Theatre. This eventually led me to The Theatre Centre, where I worked on the $6.2 million creation of its new home.
Outside of PuSh These days I’m working on settling into my new city. So, when I’m not staring agape at the crazy-epic-beauty of Vancouver’s surroundings, I’m sampling the city’s best food, coffee, cocktails, and bike rides. I’m a semi-professional tourist, and I love it!
Development Director (ext 202)
At PuSh I am the Development Director. I like to think of myself as a matchmaker, spending my time making love connections between the amazing philanthropic individuals and organizations in our city and the groundbreaking work PuSh does each year in the arts and culture community.
Before PuSh I came to PuSh just at the moment when I was ready for them and they were ready for me. Together we have grown and evolved, and I remain so grateful that I got in when I did!
Outside of PuSh What don’t I do!!?? But seriously, I sing in a killer band called Queer As Funk, I perform in amateur musical theatre, I sit on the board of a tremendous theatre company called Zee Zee Theatre, and I see as much as I can of the unbelievable performing arts our talented Vancouver community has to offer!
Communications Manager (ext 201)
At PuSh I work with a great team to get the word out about PuSh’s vision, programming and activities; make sure the public knows who we are, and what we do.
Before PuSh Through a winding path that started as a French teacher in Alberta and contemporary dance enthusiast/manager in BC, arriving at PuSh with a little encouragement to try out for the most rewarding and challenging job I’ve ever had.
Outside of PuSh Eat, drink, socialize (almost always around the performing arts).
Associate Curator (ext 103)
At PuSh I’m the Associate Curator here at PuSh. I work with Norman on all aspects of programming: seeing work, choosing shows, developing partnerships (local, national, and international), staying in touch with artists and following what they are working on, lots and lots of travelling. At the moment, we’re already in the thick of planning for 2016.
Before PuSh 10 plus years working in the performing arts: programming a bunch of dance series around Vancouver and working with some of the best choreographers in town, taking contemporary dance outside of urban centres and into towns all over BC, cutting my teeth as an arts manager with these two provocateurs. Brief stint at the longest running dance festival in Canada. Curating this and that. This board and that board.
Outside of PuSh Spend time with all the people I miss when I’m travelling!
Operations Manager (ext 104)
At PuSh I’m the Operations Coordinator. I’m sort of a “jack of all trades” here. Financial reconciliation, stats reporting, Board liaison, and just when I think I’ve got it, there’s something else! It’s never boring.
Before PuSh I was born in Toronto and nurtured carefully in Canada, USA, England and France. Following careers in Food & Beverage, Retail, etc. I “self-transplanted” to Vancouver in 2007 where I attended Studio 58/Langara College and then began a career in design and theatre administration – with prior gigs at Bard on the Beach, the Arts Club, Vancouver Playhouse, Queer Arts Festival. (I bike to work when I can.)
Outside of PuSh As a set and costume designer I’ve a special fondness for Shakespeare and design jobs with teaching or student involvement elements which show me regularly how important the arts are in all our lives.
Communications Associate (ext 106)
At PuSh I am the Communications Associate, which means I use up most of the Festival’s internet bandwidth for things like the website, email campaigns, and social media. In fact, if you tweet @PuShFestival, I’ve probably responded to you, sometimes with subtle 90s pop cultural references.
Before PuSh I was a web developer and designer, and saw the opportunity to combine my love of the arts, community and travel through international festivals. I’ve worked with the likes of Sydney Film Festival, Reykjavik Fashion Festival, and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. I have a Bachelor of Digital Media from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), as well as having completed my International Business Internship in New York City with UBS, a global financial services firm.
Outside of PuSh Jo can be found exploring Vancouver’s gastronomy to take arty photos of food on her phone; tinkering with the newest technology for funsies research; and sits on the Board of Directors for Megaphone Magazine.
Individual Giving Coordinator (ext 206)
At PuSh I’m the Individual Giving Coordinator; my days include fundraising, database wizardry, statistics, and research. If you’ve ever come to a PuSh fundraising event, you can bet that I’ve googled you. I just love our supporters and want to know about you!
Before PuSh I began fundraising as a student caller/fundraiser while studying at SFU. When I was first hired at PuSh part-time, I was also working part-time in membership at the Vancouver Art Gallery – I would run between both jobs everyday. I arrived at PuSh full of coffee and eager to learn. That has not changed, though I’m with PuSh full-time now.
Outside of PuSh I watch a lot of Netflix, and spend a lot of time taming and straightening my naturally very curly hair.
Associate Producer, Intern
What do you do at PuSh? I am the Associate Producer Intern. My main project is Le Grand Continental by Sylvain Emard, for which I am producing stage manager. Additionally, I work alongside other people to help with distribution and to coordinate volunteers, and will take on additional responsibilities for Cinema Imaginaire by Lotte Van De Berg and Fare Thee Well by Dries Verhoeven.
How did you arrive to PuSh? I recently graduated from the theatre program at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. My main focus at SFU was stage management; however, I also enjoyed design (set, lighting, and costume), directing, and being head of publicity for several dance and theatre shows.
What do you do outside of PuSh? I partake in a variety of self-proclaimed “nerdy” activities, such as performance-crawling, drinking lots of tea, and throwing dance parties of one.
Youth Program Coordinator
What do you do at PuSh? I am the Youth Program Coordinator, facilitating the Youth Academy and Young Ambassadors programs and helping manage the Youth Passport. I also curate Human Library.
How did you arrive to PuSh? Our incredible and unstoppable Executive & Artistic Director Norman Armour recruited me in 2010 to facilitate a program called Great Beginnings for which I hired, trained and managed a team of residents from the Downtown Eastside to work as production assistants on a variety of PuSh shows. I then started curating Human Library in 2013, and am happy to see the project returning for its third festival.
What do you do outside of PuSh? Outside of PuSh I work as a playwright (my plays include Lowest Common Denominator and My Funny Valentine), write extensively for Green Thumb Theatre, am the Associate Producer of Zee Zee Theatre , and as my drag alter-ego am known as The Baddest Bitch Peach Cobblah (as seen last year at Club PuSh in Tucked & Plucked).
What do you do at PuSh? I’ve been publicist for the PuSh Festival since it was a little bambino.
How did you arrive at PuSh? Before that, I had been publicist for Norman Armour at Rumble Productions, and eventually publicist for about eight or nine theatre and dance companies in Vancouver.
What do you do outside of PuSh? Along with PuSh, I’ve worked for several festivals in Vancouver – Vancouver International Film Festival, Children’s Festival, Carnaval, Bhangra Festival, Sound of Dragon Music Festival and others. My university degree was in cultural anthropology, and I thrive on living in such a multicultural city, which is reflected in the arts and cultural landscape. Working with our visiting artists at PuSh is like a whirlwind trip around the world.
Production Manager (ext 111)
What do you do at PuSh? I’ve been with PuSh since almost the beginning and what I do there is open for debate. Some might say I make everything work from a technical perspective, some say I’m the party barometer and others that I’m the calm at the eye of the storm. Me, I say I’m smart enough to put a team together that makes me look good.
What do you do outside of PuSh? The same is true at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. And did I mention I like live music and burlesque?
- Festival 2015