Interim Executive Director (ext 102)Roxanne Duncan is the Interim Executive 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.A graduate of the University of Toronto, her career began in Edinburgh in 2005 working with Aurora Nova and Paul Lucas Productions. She returned to Toronto in 2007 where she worked as a manager and producer 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.
Interim Artistic Director (ext 103)
Joyce Rosario is currently Interim 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 Coordinator (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)
Individual Giving Officer (ext 206)
At PuSh I manage the individual giving program, including the annual campaign, monthly giving and major gifts. My days include myriad things, from fundraising to research, statistics and database work, to writing and staying in touch with donors.
Before PuSh I started fundraising as a student fundraiser while pursuing an English degree at Simon Fraser University. After completing my degree, I looked for opportunities to bring my passions for fundraising and the arts together. Following stints at Vancouver Fringe Festival and Bard on the Beach Festival, I landed a permanent role at PuSh.
Outside of PuSh I spend my spare hours writing, volunteering, and immersed in the local arts scene.
Digital Communications Coordinator (ext 106)
At PuSh I help conceive and produce integrated marketing, sales, and communication strategy. I am also responsible for managing our digital assets and community partners.
Before PuSh I completed a BA in Art History from the University of Victoria and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. I have spent time across the arts sector, including working with: the Vancouver Biennale, Canada’s National Ballet School, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Ontario Jewish Archives, the Museum Studies Student Association, and most recently the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Outside of PuSh I’m currently spending time enjoying being back in the same city as family and friends. I can also (almost always) be found in a museum.
Language(s) French (conversational)
Corporate & Foundation Giving Officer (ext 205)
At PuSh I work side by side with Hannah and together we make-up the Fundraising Department at PuSh. I work closely with other staff to support the continued growth of the festival by working with new as well as returning corporate and foundation supporters. I am thrilled to be joining in time for the 15th year Anniversary!
Before PuSh I worked as the Fundraising and Partnership Coordinator for the Vancouver Mural Festival. I completed my Bachelors of Arts at McGill University and spent a decade living in Montreal. For three years I held the position as the Fundraising & Outreach Coordinator for CKUT 90.3FM, a campus-community radio station. I was surrounded by an inspiring and radical radio family that was full of buzzing sound artists, DJs, musicians, activists, journalists and everything in-between.
Outside of PuSh I self-published a chapbook of short stories in 2016 and have another collection of poetry that I am hoping to self-publish. I am also developing a solo music project that takes my poetry off the page and transforms it into bluesy and ethereal melodies.
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?
Artist Services Manager (ext 118)
At PuSh I take care of everything related to artists, from travel to breakfast, from visa documentation to accommodation, making sure they are in the best conditions to perform.
Before PuSh I have worked for various festivals in Canada and Europe, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, DOXA and the Vancouver Jazz Festival.
Outside of PuSh I love to travel, I love to be lost in a city, I love to try weird food (for better or worse!)
Language(s) French (native), Spanish (fluent), German (basic)
At PuSh I help produce all the amazing events, surrounding our programming, for our wonderful donors, the Assembly series and PuSh at large.
Before PuSh I’ve been in various event management roles for a number of Festivals and corporate events. Up until recently, you could also catch me serving tasty beers at your friendly neighbourhood brewery.
Outside of PuSh My time is spent planning a multi-year motorcycle trip through the Americas, learning Spanish and doing some R&D to become a Cicerone (a sommelier of beer).
Language(s) French (native)
Volunteer Coordinator (ext 113)
At PuSh I coordinate a merry bunch of people who are willing to volunteer their time to help meet the needs of the festival, meaning I get the chance to hangout with over one hundred of our long term volunteers, while also having the opportunity to meet and recruit many other new folks who want to join in on the fun!
Before PuSh I was the Volunteer Coordinator Assistant at Coastal Jazz and Blues and have been a volunteer myself at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver Fringe Festival and at PuSh.
Outside of PuSh I try to see as many live performances that I can, be it music, theatre, or stand-up comedy. When I’m not doing that I walk around Vancouver’s many distinct neighbourhoods looking for the best locally roasted coffee and checking out community gardens to get tips for my own garden.
Distribution Coordinator (ext 121)
At PuSh I make guides and signs get to where they need to go, with the help of many lovely and talented volunteers!
Before PuSh I worked with a handful of arts organizations around town, including Music on Main, Coastal Jazz (Vancouver International Jazz Festival), and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. I also have a BMus in Ethnomusicology (UBC) and an Advanced Arts & Entertainment Management Certificate from CapU.
Outside of PuSh I enjoy hanging out with dogs, making jewelry, watching Gilmore Girls, and eating fried chicken.
Accessible PuSh Coordinator (ext 204)
At PuSh I am on a mission to ensure everyone can enjoy and feels welcome at PuSh. 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. Long before that I was born in Belgium. I was sent here by the Belgian ministry of culture to influence the curatorial team (via hypnotic messaging) to always program at least one Belgian show. So far my mission has been successful.
Outside of PuSh I attempt to kindle a passion for performing arts in my 4-year-old without further inspiring their natural sense of drama too much. That pretty much describes all my jobs, whether is is by audio-describing shows for people with vision loss, providing surtitles for opera en theatre or programming artists for small festivals.
Language(s) Flemish/Dutch (native), French (fluent), Spanish (fluent), German (conversational), Italian (conversational), ASL (conversational)
Audience Services Associate (ext 203)
At PuSh I work on the Audience Services team making sure you get your tickets and passes to all the awesome PuSh shows.
Before PuSh I worked for a local health/poverty charity and prior to that with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival in various operations and finance roles.
Outside of PuSh You’ll find me trying out the latest vegan restaurants with a preference for anything sweet or making my way through my long list of book holds at VPL.
Audience Services Associate (ext 200)
At PuSh I work on the audience services team to help coordinate the box offices for all PuSh events and with the rest of the team to make sure you have the best experience from buying your tickets to getting into the show!
Before PuSh I worked at Bard on the Beach as their Box Office Supervisor and School Groups Coordinator.
Outside of PuSh I work as a social media manager and freelance writer for travel and vegan living. Any free time after that goes into the podcast I host called When Will It Endo?
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