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 develop the annual integrated marketing strategy, and 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.
Development Director (ext 205)
At PuSh I dream up new ways to involve our donors and supporters in making the PuSh vision a reality. I also make sure they know their support brings some of the most exciting arts experiences to Vancouver.
Before PuSh I worked in fund development for six years and was responsible for online, major gift and corporate campaigns for social service organizations in Vancouver. I have also developed experiential team-building events to engage employees while giving back to their community. Prior to that, I’ve been a social entrepreneur, journalist and creative disruptor.
Outside of PuSh I write, perform stories and dream up schemes. I’m also raising my two young children to do the same.
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 operations pumping along.
Before PuSh Life felt empty and devoid of meaning (okay, okay I may have had some experience in management, coaching, parenting, volunteering, and graduated from SFU with a BFA in Visual Arts).
Outside of PuSh I volunteer on a city of Vancouver advisory board, walk my dogs, make art things, see art things, coach, and spend time with my friends and family.
Annual Giving Coordinator (ex 206)
At PuSh I manage the annual giving program and campaigns. 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 at PuSh. Pinch me!
Outside of PuSh I spend my spare hours writing, volunteering, and immersed in the local arts scene.
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?