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 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’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!
Digital Strategies Manager (ext 106)
At PuSh I am the bot that runs the website, sends the emails, and updates 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 UNSW (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.
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)
What do you do at PuSh A bit of everything, and everything usually involves Excel.
What did you do before PuSh I’ve spent many years in many capacities at the Powell Street Festival, an organization sustained by a lot of wonderful people and community groups. Working with PSF grew my love for community-driven arts organizations. Thinking about what they do for their identified communities and in broader civic spaces takes up a lot of my brain space.
What do you do outside of PuSh I’m a PhD Candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, so I write whenever I can, teach in the department, and work on projects in the field of cultural studies with some of the most intellectually inspiring people a person could ever hope to meet.
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