Artists

  • Daina Ashbee

    An artist of Cree, Métis and European ancestry, Daina Ashbee received her dance education and training in Vancouver. Now based in Montreal, she is one of our province’s most distinguished young exports, having recently been invited to stage her work at the Venice Biennale.

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  • Dickie Beau

    Since emerging from London’s alternative drag scene, Dickie Beau has worked in live theatre, film and television, and wowed audiences across Europe and North America.

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  • Cris Derksen

    In addition to her solo work, Juno-nominated Cris Derksen composes for dance, theatre and film. Past collaborators range from Kanye West to Naomi Klein.

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  • Annie Dorsen

    A theatre, film and dance artist, Annie Dorsen has garnered multiple awards for her experimental work. She has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US.

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  • Ralph Escamillan

    Experienced in various styles of dance and performance, Vancouver native Ralph Escamillan has worked his magic with Company 605, Wen Wei Dance, Disney, Janet Jackson and many others. Fakeknot is his newly founded company for his artistic projects.

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  • Andy Field

    Fascinated with the possibilities of social encounter, British artist Andy Field creates works that bring strangers together in various locations. Working both in and outside of the theatre setting, he uses imagination to explore the dynamics of people and place.

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  • Frédédrick Gravel headshot

    Choreographer, dancer and musician Frédérick Gravel, last seen at PuSh 2014 with the sold-out hit Usually Beauty Fails, has been a star on the Montreal dance scene for a decade now. Always adventurous, Gravel draws inspiration from sources as disparate as performance art and pop music and is known internationally for his multidisciplinary mixtures.

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  • Nicola Gunn

    Writer, director and performer Nicola Gunn has toured Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America with her award-winning works. Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster arrives to the PuSh Festival having taken New York City by storm, and it confirms Gunn’s place in the top ranks of experimental theatre.

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  • Antony Hamilton & Alisdair Macindoe

    Performers and co-creators Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe hail from Australia. MEETING is their first collaboration, and they have received multiple awards, including New York’s 2017 Bessie Award for outstanding production, in honour of its complex choreography and dynamic sound design.

  • Britt Hatzius

    Britt Hatzius is a true radical: through photography, film, video and performance she seeks to fundamentally alter our relationship with media. In pursuit of this goal she has worked in the realms of theatre, music, visual arts and more.

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  • Visitors From Far Away to the State Machine, Hong Kong Exile, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Vancouver-based Hong Kong Exile is an interdisciplinary arts company, and the PuSh Festival’s 2017-18 Artists-in-Residence, led by Milton Lim, Natalie Tin Yin Gan and Remy Siu. Their unconventional takes on new music, theatre and dance have earned them acclaim throughout North America.

  • Emmet Kirwan

    A star of both stage and screen, Emmet Kirwan is the force behind the hit TV series Sarah and Steve. An actor of great versatility, he has performed in works ranging from Rent to The Threepenny Opera. Dublin Oldschool marks his debut as a playwright.

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  • Patrick Keating

    A graduate of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Patrick Keating has been performing for two decades. He is an associate artist at Main Street Theatre, and performs with many local theatre companies. Inside/Out is his first work as a playwright.

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  • Joseph Keckler

    New Yorker Joseph Keckler has risen to the top of his city’s performing arts scene, garnering awards, commissions and book deals along the way.

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  • Tim Watts, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, 2015 PuSh Festival

    Australian Tim Watts is a founding member of The Last Great Hunt, a theatre company based in Perth. He specializes in puppetry and animation, and has worked as a director, performer and producer of theatrical works. Over the years he and his collaborators, Arielle Gray and Chris Isaacs, have performed from Taipei to California. Their co-creations and performances include The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik (PuSh 2015), It’s Dark Outside (2012), The Wives of Hemingway (2013) and Falling Through Clouds (2014).

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  • Legend Lin Dance Theatre - Lin Lee-Chen

    Acclaimed as a “genius choreographer in Taiwan’s dance scene,” Lin Lee-Chen was named one of the most significant choreographers in the world by ARTE. Since its founding in 1995, her company, Legend Lin Dance Theatre, has performed internationally to rave reviews.

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  • King Arthur's Night

    Niall McNeil performs locally and nationally to great acclaim, and sometimes teaches acting at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation.

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  • Motus/Silvia Calderoni

    A revolutionary force in theatre for 25 years, Motus has staged works inspired by Pasolini, Genet, Fassbinder and more, all to thunderous acclaim. Award-winning actress Silvia Calderoni has worked with Motus since 2006, subverting gender binaries with rare wit and courage.

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    • MDLSX (January 18–21, 2018)
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    Founded in 1995, Neworld Theatre is one of Vancouver’s leading performance companies. Their work is preoccupied with questions of difference, power and belonging. They also like to make people laugh. They tour nationally and internationally, and offer engagement programs to a wide variety of community- based networks. With co-producer Leaky Heaven Circus, they scored at the PuSh Festival in 2011 with Peter Panties.

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  • Deborah Pearson is a live artist and playwright. Her work has toured to four continents and fifteen countries, and has been translated into five languages.  She is the founding co-director of UK artist collective Forest Fringe.

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  • Clyde Petersen

    The multitalented Clyde Petersen works with animation, installation, music and more. Based in Seattle, he travels frequently with his band Your Heart Breaks.

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  • Pi Theatre logo

    Since 1985, Vancouver’s Pi Theatre has staged over 100 plays and events, and has earned 35 Jessie Richardson Award wins. The Event‘s Scottish playwright David Greig is well known to Vancouver audiences, with past standout productions of San Diego, Midsummer and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (PuSh 2013).

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  • QuipTake - Adam Lazarius

    A dedicated artist and educator from Toronto, Adam Lazarus leads QuipTake, a theatre production, education and mentorship program with a focus on social justice issues.

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  • Revolutions Per Minute - RPM logo

    RPM is leading a surge in Indigenous music. Headed by Jarrett Martineau, the music platform is bringing together artists from across Turtle Island and around the world, showing that there’s strength in numbers as well as in diversity. RPM Live is its new performance series, curated to showcase a broad range of styles and sensibilities.

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  • Frederic Rzewski

    Composer Frederic Rzewski has been writing music since the 1950s; his works for piano, voice and more have won him great acclaim.

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  • Antonio Sanchez

    In the course of his career, drummer Antonio Sánchez has recorded five studio albums, in addition to playing with Pat Metheny and Chick Corea, among others. He is considered one of the finest percussionists working today. Birdman is his debut as a film composer.

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  • Tamara Saulwick

    Tamara Saulwick has been exploring the boundaries of live performance for over two decades. Using both digital and analog formats, she and her collaborators mine the connections between human interaction and audio technology. Her work has toured internationally and been adapted for radio.

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  • Doireann Coady

    A fearsome new talent in the Irish arts scene, Doireann Coady is a member of THEATREclub, a collective dedicated to social change through explosive drama. She wears many hats—stage designer, actor, director and now, with I’m Not Here, playwright.

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  • Turning Point Ensemble, Zappa Meets Varèse & Oswald, 2017 PuSh Festival

    Founded in 2002, Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble is dedicated to linking daring and extraordinary work of the past hundred years to music of the present day, with a special emphasis on innovative collaboration with other art forms.

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  • Daan Vandewalle

    Belgian pianist Daan Vandewalle is one of the leading interpreters of 20th and 21st century piano music. He has collaborating with American composer Frederic Rzewski for over 20 years.

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  • Shannon Yee

    Fearlessly personal and forthrightly political, Northern Irish playwright Shannon Yee uses her perspective as a queer, female, ethnic minority artist to create works that excite and subvert. She is a proud member of Agent 160, a female playwright-led company dedicated to fighting gender imbalance in the theatre.

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  • Marcus Youssef

    Marcus Youssef (King Arthur’s Night) is artistic director of Neworld Theatre and one of PuSh’s most esteemed “alumni,” having had four works previously at the Festival. Youssef is a formidable writer, thinker and activist whose work investigates questions of difference and “otherness.” His work is political, but also unflinchingly human.

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