Cree-Saulteaux Metis performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For over 45 years she has been active as an actor, performing artist and community cultural worker. Her desire to share artistic performance that has meaning for her people is the catalyst for her extensive work, travels and consultation within Indigenous communities across Canada and abroad. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Indigenous Canadian classic, toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. The Sydney Press (AU) during The Festival of the Dreaming praised it as being ‘in the top echelon of solo performance.’
She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and numerous programs including Moccasin Trek: Arts on the Move!, Indian Acts and an Indigenous Ensemble Performing Arts Program in Vancouver.
She has received numerous awards and honors including an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley, the Order of Canada from the Governor-General, an International Citation of Merit from ISPA – International Society for the Performing Arts and most recently, an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from SFU – Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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
Over the years, from her youth in Belgium to her life in Canada, there have been two constants in Anika’s life—her passion for the performing arts and a fervent desire to ensure anyone would get an opportunity to share that passion. Be it by providing access to the story through surtitles, live description, or creating visual stories allowing people on the autism spectrum to anticipate their experience rather than being overwhelmed before the show even starts.
At PuSh she has been able to fully implement and hone her skills and vision. Her work testifies to an ongoing pursuit of new ways to invite people to experience live performances by developing new initiatives, such as connecting patrons with refugees to see a show together, as well as innovative techniques like writing introductions when there are no resources or the show only requires minimal additional information to become accessible.
Outside of PuSh, Anika continues to work as a translator, live describer, surtitler, and consultant for various local organizations such as Vancouver Recital Society, VocalEye, Axis Theatre, Revolver Festival, Kidd Pivot, and more. On an international level, she collaborates with Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussel, Peter Brook in Paris, and CDN d’Orleans in France amongst others. Another ongoing passion is working with people with lived experience, supporting them to develop their skills and careers as consultants.
Anika balances her career with life as a single mother while supporting a Deaf man with a developmental disability. And a creative soul often requires the inspiration and refuge of nature, which Vancouver luckily offers.
Languages 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
DK (David Kerr) would like to acknowledge that he was born and raised on Treaty 6 Territory, the Homeland of the Métis. He pays his respect to the First Nation and Métis ancestors of that place and reaffirms our relationship with one another.
DK has been a fixture in the Vancouver Festival world for the past 30 years, more than half of that in various management positions. He is well versed in the presentation of large-scale indoor and outdoor projects. Aside from PuSh, he is the Production Manager for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. He is also the Site Manager for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and a Production Consultant for the Talking Stick Festival
DK has consulted on several other projects as well including the Canada 150+ Indigenous Production Assistant Program and landscape planning for Bard on The Beach.
Prior to moving into Production Management DK Stage Managed for numerous Vancouver theatre companies and toured the world with LaJoye Productions’ “Snowflake”.
He was also the Second General Manger of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan back in the good old days.
Head Technical Director | Pronouns: he/him/his
Jeremy has worked in Vancouver’s arts community for the past 25 years as a Technical Director, Lighting Designer, and Technician. He is currently the Technical Director for Théâtre La Seizième, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver International Dance Festival, and Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto. He has designed lighting for numerous theatre and dance productions—most recently with Vancouver Opera, Théâtre La Seizième, EDAM Dance, Kleine Compagnie, and Circadia Indigena. He has been the Lighting Designer for the UBC Opera Ensemble for over 25 years (more than 70 opera productions—at the Chan Centre Concert Hall, UBC’s Old Auditorium, and other venues around BC). Jeremy is also a co-founder and artistic staff member of Some Assembly Arts Society, which focuses on producing original theatre productions–written and performed by youth.
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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