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.
Communications Director (ext 201)
At PuSh I work with a great team to get the word out about PuSh’s vision, programming and activities. Our department makes sure the public knows who we are, and what we do.
Before PuSh I was on a winding path that started as a French teacher in Alberta, then as a marketing manager and enthusiast of contemporary dance in Vancouver.
Outside of PuSh I eat, drink and 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.
Head Technical Director
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?
Artist Services Manager (ext 118)
At PuSh As the Artist Services Manager I help our artists with everything from tax paperwork to flight bookings to local recommendations and way-finding. Mostly I answer emails and create spreadsheets. It’s much more glamorous than I’m making it sound.
Outside of PuSh I have a similar job at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and I run artist transportation at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. I also teach stage management for UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film, and in all my spare time I freelance as a theatre, opera and dance stage manager and assistant stage manager.
Youth Coordinator (ext 114)
At PuSh I am Artist-in-Residence with company Hong Kong Exile, and we oversee PuSh’s various awesome youth programs.
Before PuSh …there was darkness.
Outside of PuSh I practise contact improvisation religiously, and eat a ton of snacks.
Accessible PuSh Coordinator (ext 204)
At PuSh I do everything within my power to ensure everyone can enjoy and feels welcome at PuSh because I want everyone to be as blown away as I was when I saw my first PuSh show. It all sounds very philanthropic but it involves a lot more spreadsheets then you would expect.
Before PuSh I volunteered for PuSh. I did and still combine my PuSh duties with my work as a surtitler at the Vancouver Opera and Vancouver Recital Society, as a live audio describer for the visually impaired at VocalEve and as an artist services and special events manager at events like Italian Day and the Richmond Maritime Festival.
Outside of PuSh I attempt to kindle a passion for performing arts in my 3-year-old without further inspiring their natural sense of drama too much.
Hospitality Coordinator (ext 117)
What do you do at PuSh? I am the hospitality and events coordinator. My job it to help celebrate the passion, creativity and talent of people and their work from around the world. I get to plan celebrations for what I love most. I get to help make sure that traveling artists feel welcome and ready to share their energy and expressive passion with our Push Festival patrons.
What do you do outside of PuSh? When not taking care of passionate, expressive people and creating fun times and celebrations, I take care of passionate expressive people that happen to be shorter than me, which means usually under the age of 12. Encourage and inspire that creative, expressive self in everyone I meet.
Audience Service Associate (ext 200)
At PuSh I’m an Audience Services Associate, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be part of the PuSh family, and that I get to facilitate the purchase of passes and tickets to the hottest shows in the city!
Before PuSh Emerging from a history of non-profit administration, I cut my festie teeth putting up tents for the Children’s and Folk Festivals. Now I do whatever they’ll pay me to do—typically Hospitality & Event Production, Box Office or Venue Management for the province’s best festivals (DOXA, Jazz Fest, VIFF, Pemberton, Shambhala, Wine Fest and whatever’s in a GICS venue)!
Outside of PuSh If I’m not working a festival, I’m usually attending one. Or hanging out with someone else who works for one. Or perched at a bar, meeting yet another fantastic human. So many festivals, so many shows, so many fantastic humans = one very happy ladykaen.
- Festival 2016