Staff

  • Interim Executive Director (ext 102)

    Currently wearing the dual hats of Operations & Finance Manager at Pivot Legal Society and Interim Executive Director at PuSh in Vancouver, Minna Schendlinger has spent 20+ years in not-for-profit management, working for institutions like the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Vancouver Writers Fest before spending 8 years as managing director of PuSh from 2005 – 2014, and then moving into Facilities Management with the 110 Arts Cooperative and The Post at 750.

    Minna has served as a director on the Boards of the Alliance for Arts and Culture, the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society, the professional advisory of the VCC School of Music and is the past-president of the Society to Bridge Arts & Community.

  • 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)

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    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.

  • Corporate & Foundation Giving Officer (ext 205)

    At PuSh I recently joined the team and was thrilled to be a part of the 15th year Anniversary. My role is to support the continued growth of the festival by finding strategic alignment with organizations across a diversity of sectors. I also work closely with returning, and new, corporate and foundation partners.

    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 in downtown Montreal. After moving back to Vancouver in 2017 I was lucky to join the Vancouver Mural Festival as the Fundraising and Partnership Manager for their 2018 Festival.

    Outside of PuSh I self-published a collection of short stories in 2016 and have recently been working on a small collection of poetry. When I’m not focused on my own creative writing and music projects I can often be found taking in the local arts and music scene.

    Language(s) French (fluent)

  • 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)

  • 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?

  • Club PuSh Producer/Curator (ext 209)

    At PuSh I am the Club PuSh Producer and Curator.

    Before PuSh I wear many fabulous hats.

    Outside of PuSh I am Managing Artistic Director of Zee Zee Theatre and I am the Queen of East Van Isolde N. Barron.

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    Graphic Designer

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    Guide Ad Sales

    Trevor Battye & Clare Coughlan

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    Bookkeeper

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    Website Designers & Developers