Executive & Artistic Director (ext 101)
Franco Boni is a recognized cultural innovator, facilitator and community builder with a demonstrated track record of artistic credibility and financial acumen. He has served as Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre in Toronto since 2003, and has been a fixture on Canada’s arts and festival scene for more than two decades.
Boni is the inaugural recipient of the Ken McDougall Award for emerging directors, and was awarded the Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, recognizing his outstanding leadership in the development of arts and culture in the City of Toronto. Most recently, Franco was awarded the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in Theatre.
During Boni’s tenure at The Theatre Centre – a nationally recognized live-arts incubator that serves as a research and development hub for the cultural sector – he developed the Residency Program. The celebrated program embraces experimentation and learning with a wide variety of collaborators and features the work of some of the country’s leading artists.
He also established the Free Fall Festival and co-founded Progress Festival, creating vital performance platforms for national and international artists. Boni served as Festival Director of the Rhubarb Festival from 1998-2000 and as Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Festival from 1999-2004.
Associate Artistic Director (ext 103)
Joyce Rosario is currently Associate Artistic Director at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver BC, Canada. She has been with the PuSh team since 2013. Previously, Joyce spent 10 years in the Canadian dance milieu as a curator, producer and manager. Her training is in Theatre Production/Design from University of British Columbia’s Theatre program, and she was once nominated for a Jessie Richardson award for Costume Design. Her first foray in performance was as a teenage participant in ‘Turning Point’, a new genre public art project by Suzanne Lacy. Joyce is a first-generation Canadian of Filipina descent. She is privileged to live and work on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Communications Director (ext 201)
At PuSh I develop the annual integrated marketing strategy, and I lead and implement communications and marketing initiatives. I work with the Festival graphic designers, web developers and other outside vendors, hire and manage the communications staff, oversee social media initiatives, and manage the festival communications budget.
Before PuSh I was the Artist Services Manager at PuSh for the 2017-2018 season, but before that spent several years in various communications and logistics roles at VIFF, DOXA and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Over the years I have worked for magazines, newspapers and catalogues. I dabble in short documentary filmmaking. I was a terrible waitress.
Outside of PuSh I do stand-up comedy and am obsessed with my cats/all cats.
Language(s) German (fluent), Japanese (conversational)
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.
Operations Manager (ext 104)
At PuSh I keep the administrative operations in order, assist with financial control, and provide support and development to contractors and other departments.
Before PuSh I coordinated the Audience Services departments at Out On Screen and joined the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society while doing administrative managing for small businesses.
Outside of PuSh I join jogging races I never win, overcrowd my bookshelves, and marvel at tiny objects.
Language(s) French (fluent), Spanish (fluent), ASL (conversational)
Development Officer, Partnerships (ext 205)
At PuSh My passion lies in connecting with people and organizations across a diversity of sectors that range from theatre enthusiasts to those who are curious about local and international arts. I work closely with our corporate and foundation partners to support our vision for bringing groundbreaking performing art to Vancouver.
Before PuSh I completed my Bachelors of Arts at McGill University and spent a decade living in Montreal. For much of that time I worked at CKUT 90.3FM, a campus-community radio station based out of McGill. I spent one year living on a small farm in rural Nova Scotia before moving back to Vancouver. I also worked with the folks over at Vancouver Mural Festival in 2018.
Outside of PuSh I am a Board Member of the Dusty Flower Pot Cabaret Society, who organize my favourite event in Vancouver every Halloween: The Parade of Lost Souls. I am focused on publishing a collection of poetry and on creative writing. When I’m not working on those projects I can be found taking in the local arts scene or lending a hand in local gardens and farms.
Language(s) French (fluent)
Festival Producer (ext 202)
At PuSh I work closely with the Interim Artistic and Executive Directors and Production Manager on the coordination of Festival planning, contracting and budgeting. I also coordinate the PuSh Assembly.
Before PuSh I worked in the arts in London for 10 years. Most recently I was a Producer at Southbank Centre (the UK’s largest arts centre) where I produced 18 festivals including Women of the World (WOW) Festival, Unlimited Festival and China Changing Festival. I also worked for organizations including Battersea Arts Centre, National Theatre Wales, Young Vic, and the Pleasance.
Outside of PuSh I am enjoying getting to know my new home city/country/continent by travelling and taking up as many new outdoor hobbies as possible!
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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