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)
Roxanne Duncan is the Managing Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Prior to joining PuSh in 2014, Roxanne was Managing Director of The Theatre Centre, where she was a key member of the management team responsible for the creation of its $6.2 million live arts hub in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. Her career began in Edinburgh in 2005 working with Aurora Nova and Paul Lucas Productions. She relocated to Toronto in 2007 where she worked with a range of remarkable Toronto-based companies including Volcano Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Dreamwalker Dance, Acting Upstage, Why Not Theatre, Company Theatre, and Soulpepper.
Development Director (ext 202)
At PuSh My role at PuSh is to manage our sustainable fundraising program that helps arts and culture flourish in Vancouver.
Before PuSh I have spent 20 years in community development work with Tonari Gumi, Nikkei Place Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and a few more.
Outside of PuSh As tournament director of Little Mountain Baseball, I was also a founding member of the Shin Asahi (Canadian Nikkei Youth Baseball Club). I am also enjoying my graduate work in environmental education at SFU.
Communications Director (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’ve been the Associate Curator here at PuSh since 2013. Norman and I collaborate 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, and lots and lots of travelling.
Before PuSh I’ve spent most of my professional career working in the dance milieu, at the same time as developing a practice in performing arts curation. Before joining the PuSh team, I led organizations such as New Works and Made in BC—Dance on Tour. I’m a graduate of UBC’s Theatre Production/Design program, and was once nominated for a Jessie Award in costume design.
Outside of PuSh I dabble in textile-related crafts, spend time with all the people I miss when I’m travelling!
Annual Giving Coordinator (ex 206)
At PuSh I’m the Annual Giving Coordinator. I manage the individual giving program and annual campaigns—my days include fundraising, statistics, research, and staying in touch with donors.
Before PuSh I started fundraising as a student fundraiser while studying at Simon Fraser University. I cut my teeth working in the performing arts at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. I’m so excited to continue being part of the incredible performing arts scene in Vancouver at the PuSh Festival.
Outside of PuSh I spend my spare hours writing, running, and finding the best food in Vancouver.
Operations Coordinator (ext 104)
At PuSh I smile every day and help everything run as smoothly as possible.
Before PuSh I worked as an arts administrator in several arts organizations, including a contract with PuSh.
Outside of PuSh I make community driven art, volunteer with Atira and work on my post-baccalaureate diploma.
Digital Communications Coordinator (ext 106)
At PuSh I build content for our digital spaces and make sure it looks good. I’m the bot that runs the website, sends the emails, and updates social media. In fact, if you’ve tweeted @PuShFestival, I’ve probably responded to you.
Before PuSh I was a chronic film festival hopper, working for the Toronto International Film Festival, Reel Asian Film Festival and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, to name a few.
Outside of PuSh You can find me riding my bike around; collecting plants, mid-century furniture and books I’ll never read.
Production Manager (ext 111)
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.
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 2016