• Norman Armour, artistic & executive director, PuSh Festival

    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.

  • Roxanne Duncan, Managing Director, PuSh Festival

    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!

  • Jocelyn Macdougall, Development Director, PuSh Festival

    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!

  • Bonnie Sun, Communications Manger, PuSh Festival

    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).

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    Audience Services Manager (ext 200)

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    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!

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    Communications Associate (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.

  • Katie Koncan, Individual Givings Coordinator, PuSh Festival

    Annual Giving Manager (ext 206)

    At PuSh I’m the Annual Giving Manager; 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.

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    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.

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    Accessible PuSh Coordinator (ext 204)

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    Audience Service Associate (ext 200)

    What do you do 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!

    What did you do 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)!

    What do you do 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. :)

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  • Marijka Asbeek-Brusse, Artist Services Manager, PuSh Festival

    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. Following 2016 PuSh Festival I’ll be working on Madama Butterfly with Vancouver Opera and Late Company with Touchstone Theatre.

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    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.

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    Volunteer Coordinator (ext 113)

    What do you do at PuSh I’m the Volunteer Coordinator

    What did you do before PuSh This Summer I have been working in Ibiza at ushuaia ibiza as a Production Assistant putting together big shows with DJs like David Guetta, Avicci, Hardwell among others…

    What do you do outside of PuSh I love to share my time with friends doing fun things like cross-stitch ;)!!!

  • Emily Neumann, Associate Producer Intern, PuSh Festival

    Youth Program Coordinator (ext 114)

    At PuSh I am the Youth Program Coordinator.

    Before 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.

    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.

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    Intern, Curatorial and Communications (ext 115)

    At PuSh I’m the Curatorial and Communications Intern. My main project is the PuSh Assembly which encourages connection between local and international performing artists industry insiders and arts aficionados. I am also assisting in distribution and coordinating volunteers.

    Before PuSh I recently graduated from Simon Fraser’s University with degree in Dance and Business. Since my graduation I have worked in administration and produced performances with Mascall Dance as well as performing in various works. Recently I created Vines Art Festival Society – a local, outdoor, interdisciplinary eco-art festival which had it’s inaugural festival in August 2015

    Outside of PuSh I spend as much time as I can outside – hiking, biking, stargazing, you name it. When I’m indoors I enjoy going to performances and even dance in the odd one! I also strongly believe in volunteering and am currently working with Greenpeace and BC Crisis Centre.


  • Ellie O'Day, publicist, PuSh Festival

    Publicist (ext 120)

    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.

  • Teresa Trovato, Assistant Publicist, PuSh Festival

    Publicist (ext 119)

    At PuSh I work with PuSh as a publicist and am thrilled to have been invited back a second year.

    Before PuSh More publicity – I’ve been a publicist in the arts and entertainment industry for the past sixteen years.  I also dabbled in stand-up comedy.

    Outside of PuSh I work as a publicist for various festivals, theatre companies, and arts organizations. When I’m not working, I’m usually searching for coffee, food, and ways to get my nephews to eat their vegetables.

  • David Kerr (DK), production manager, PuSh Festival

    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?

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    Club PuSh Producer (ext 209)

    At PuSh I am the Club PuSh Producer.

    Before PuSh I wear many fabulous hats.

    Outside of PuSh I am Managing Artistic Director of Zee Zee Theatre and I am the Queen of East Van Isolde N. Barron.

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    Club PuSh Technical Director

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    Business Manager

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    Creative Planners & Graphic Designers

    Paul Meehan, Jeff Lewis, Adam McDonnell, James Falloon

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    Clare Coughlan & Trevor Battye

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