Managing Director | ext 102 | Pronouns: he/him/his
Jason Dubois is an arts manager with more than two decades experience working in performing arts creation, dissemination and presentation. Career highlights include working as Festival Manager for the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene, a 39-day festival in the summer of 2017 involving more than 1000 artists in performing, visual and media arts. Jason has previously served as Producing Director for the Canada Dance Festival, as Executive Director of Dance Victoria, and with Eponymous as Producer for Kidd Pivot and Company 605, Associate Producer for Wen Wei Dance, Production Manager for Vancouver New Music, and Director of Patron Relations for DanceHouse. He is Associate Producer for the Dance Centre’s Dance In Vancouver – a biennial showcase for Vancouver dance artists and a networking event for Canadian and international dance presenters. Jason has served as a director on the boards of The Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture, The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria, the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists BC Chapter (CADA/West), and as president of the Canadian Dance Assembly’s National Council.
Accessible PuSh Coordinator | ext 204 | Pronouns: she/her/hers
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. I did and still combine my PuSh duties with my work as a surtitler (opera, theatre and open captioning) and as a live audio describer for the visually impaired at VocalEve. And I work with a variety of other organizations to improve their accessibility.
Outside of PuSh I attempt to kindle a passion for performing arts in my 6-year-old and the 30-year old Deaf man with special needs without further inspiring their natural sense of drama too much. And with my new electric car I want to go and explore BC, I have vowed to take at least one road trip a month.
Language(s) Flemish/Dutch (native), French (fluent), Spanish (fluent), German (conversational), Italian (conversational), ASL (conversational)
Communications Manager | ext 201 | Pronouns: he/him/his
Ben first fell in love with the performing arts after moving from Germany to Canada at the age of 13. He has since worked diligently behind the scenes in every element of the arts. His passions for marketing and the arts, and his dedication are the recipe for success.
After graduating from the Arts & Entertainment Management Program at Capilano University, Ben interned at a marketing agency, working on accounts such as BC Place Stadium, Spartan Race Canada, and Music BC. He has worked on the logistics and operations teams at Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, and Vancouver Christmas Market.
Ben strategically partners with local organizations to build new fanbases, engage audiences, extend reach beyond traditional marketing, and foster community. During his last role at Murray Paterson Marketing Group, he worked on campaigns in Vancouver and Toronto, such as Vancouver Christmas Market, Theatre Under the Stars, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Electric Company Theatre, The SpongeBob Musical and more.
Having been the voice behind Vancouver Christmas Market, Theatre Under the Stars, and various other social media channels, he builds communities that are eager to spread the word, are loyal and trust the social media accounts he manages. Ben’s mission is to connect audiences with the on-stage magic they crave.
Language(s) English & German (fluent)
Production Manager | ext 111 | Pronouns: I celebrate and honour all pronouns, my preference is DK
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?
Patron Services and Operations Manager | ext 104 | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Denice Jagic is a dynamic event professional, offering multifaceted skills across special events, festival and single show ticketing and box office management, COVID-19 safety management, venue management, customer service, RFID technology implementation, and administration.
Denice is excited to bring her skills and experience to the 2021 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival as Patron Services & Operations Manager. She brings a solid track record in cross-functional roles in the arts and entertainment industry, backed up by in-depth ticketing and customer service knowledge and experience. Denice previously worked on the ticketing and operations management teams for JFLNorthWest, the Seawheeze Half Marathon, the SKOOKUM music.food.art Festival, and the Squamish Valley Music Festival. Her outgoing and vivacious personality is matched by strong communication and creative solution-based thinking.
Denice is excited to bring her skills and experience to the 2021 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival as Patron Services & Operations Manager.
Communications & Patron Services Coordinator | Pronouns: he/him/his
Since his arrival in Vancouver, Jesse has worked on several significant productions, festivals, and artistic projects, such as Electric Company Theatre’s (ECT) Anywhere But Here co-presented at the 2020 PuSh Festival.
Jesse has also been contributing to the tireless efforts of artistic creation during the COVID-19 pandemic and has had the privilege to work on projects such as Reframed, produced by ECT and presented by National Arts Centre’s Grand Acts of Theatre — as well as PXR2020, co-produced by ECT and Single Thread. Both Reframed and PXR2020 are stunning innovative works designed to virtually connect audiences during unprecedented times.
Jesse is excited to join the PuSh team and looks forward to navigating through these challenging times of possibility to ensure a creative future for patrons and artists.
Bookkeeper | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Meredith has been a bookkeeper to numerous charities, not-for-profits and for profit businesses over the past 15 years. Given her focus and passion for the arts and culture sector, she has been a part of the PuSh team since 2013. Growing up just outside of Toronto, she spent many years attending drama programs through Young People’s Theatre and singing at various festivals.
She is always thrilled to bring her financial management skills to her soul’s passion, the arts. When she is not crunching numbers, she sees clients as a Clinical Herbalist and hangs out with her kids and rescue dog, Waffles.
Development Manager | ext 205 | Pronouns: she/her/hers
Natalie is a proud mixed race artist, event specialist, and fundraiser born and raised in Vancouver. Her passion for the arts led her to completing the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University, acting intensives at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UBC.
It was this same passion that introduced Natalie to fundraising when she produced and directed Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues at UBC as part of the VDAY Campaign, a global initiative to end violence against women through raising awareness and funds for local support resources with productions of Eve Ensler’s work.
During her time in university, Natalie also began volunteer work with the JDRF, the leading global funder of type 1 diabetes research, which evolved into a career in a number of positions working on their regional signature events, peer-to-peer fundraising programs, and corporate giving, and most recently, national volunteer management and community engagement. Through professional development, Natalie has taken a number of courses in facilitation skills, leadership, and diversity and inclusion.
In her spare time, Natalie sits on the FABIPOC (Fine Arts for BIPOC) Executive Committee for UBC Department of Theatre and Film, and the Performing Arts Inclusivity Coalition at Capilano University as a proud alumni working to secure anti-racist and anti-discrimination policies and procedures, as well as promote informed and inclusive discourse between students, emerging artists, established creators and institution leadership.
Graphic Designer | Pronouns: he/him/his
With a 250 lb. bench press and multiple tournament wins, Steve is arguably pound-for-pound Vancouver’s strongest graphic designer. His unpredictable technique was cultivated in early stints at The Western Front, Ricepaper, and indie music labels; and later refined with LolaDance, Wen Wei Dance, and The Holy Body Tattoo — leading to an undisputed, record-breaking 10-year run as Communications Manager of The Cinematheque.
In addition to PuSh, Steve’s current training partners include the Vancouver International Film Festival, DOXA, the National Film Board of Canada, Vancouver New Music, the Criterion Collection, and independent filmmakers in Canada and around the world.
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