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.
Director of Programming (ext 103)
At PuSh 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!
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 professional and enthusiast for contemporary dance in Vancouver.
Outside of PuSh I eat, drink and socialize—almost always around the performing arts.
Audience Services Manager (ext 200)
At PuSh I take care of everyone who comes to the festival. I do this with an amazing Audience Services and box office team. I also spend a lot of time in spreadsheets and databases.
Before PuSh I worked in a variety roles in music/film retail and distribution.Outside of PuSh You’ll find me chasing down puppies, photographing life, planning my next trip, and enjoying food and drink. And music. Lots of music.
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.
Corporate and Foundations Giving Coordinator (ext 212)
At PuSh I work on maintaining relationships with our great corporate and philanthropic partners, and help cultivate new connections.
Before PuSh I worked as a freelance arts project coordinator and a singer of many genres.
Outside of PuSh I am singing, writing a master’s thesis on Verdi’s opera, Aida; hanging out with my three brilliant kids, and plotting some creative endeavour with my artist husband.
Digital Communications Coordinator (ext 106)
At PuSh I build content for our digital spaces and am the “resident millennial.” I’m the bot that runs the website, sends the emails, and updates social media.
Before PuSh I began my career in the arts working in the communications department of the Toronto International Film Festival along with other festivals such as the Reel Asian Film Festival and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. I did a brief stint in the tech world, marketing for Hootsuite, before landing at PuSh.
Outside of PuSh You can find me riding my bike around, working on a DIY and collecting plants.
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.