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.
Managing Director (ext 102)
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.
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?
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)
Audience Services Coordinator (ext 200)
At PuSh I am the Audience Services Coordinator, helping our fab patrons get tickets to our amazing shows, and crunching numbers in glorious spreadsheets to make sure everything is as it should be!
Before PuSh I was an avid fan of the festival – volunteering and attending shows, and dreaming of one day becoming part of the PuSh family. (And here I am in my sixth year, and loving it!)
Outside PuSh I’m a contractor for all the best festivals! And I’d like to say that I also have hobbies, but… I’m a contractor for all the best festivals. [insert rimshot here] For reals though – when I’m not working a festival, I’m probably attending one. I just live-laugh-love taking in my music/theatre/film/dance/art as part of a community!!
Language(s) French (fluent)
Davey Samuel Calderon
Audience Services Associate (ext 200)
At PuSh I am the Audience Services Associate.
Outside of PuSh I was a freelance theatre director, theatre maker, producer, and administration slinger for hire.
Before PuSh I am Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective (check us out at www.newtotowncollective.com), a group of theatre and interdisciplinary performance artists providing drop-in performance training and new works, and Resident Curator for the 2020 rEvolver Festival (more info coming soon at www.upintheairtheatre.com).
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. 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)
Volunteer Coordinator (ext 113)
At PuSh I deal with all aspects of volunteering. Scheduling volunteers for shifts and taking care of volunteer needs are my main priorities.
Before PuSh In the summers I work for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Outside of PuSh I like to drink coffee and watch movie trailers.
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