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Welcome to the 2016 PuSh Assembly Industry Week

February 01, 2016

Welcome to the final week of the 2016 PuSh Festival and the Industry Week of the PuSh Assembly!

Here’s a rundown of the schedule; everything you should do as an industry member at PuSh this week. I look forward to hosting new guests and old friends. Let’s celebrate the performing arts, connect and refine our industry “best practices”.

A couple housekeeping notes:

  • If you purchased an INDUSTRY PASS (which includes 6 shows), you will pick up your pass and identification badge at the venue box office of your first scheduled show.
  • If you purchased and INDUSTRY PACK, you will pick it up at the PuSh Industry Information Centre located at The Post at 750.
  • For visitors to Vancouver, check out our Visitor Guide.


Your PuSh Festival contacts during Industry Week

Please reach out if you have any questions or require more information.

Joyce Rosario
Associate Curator

Heather Lamoureux
Intern, Curatorial + Communications


Rabih Mroue photo
Courtesy of the artist

Tuesday, February 2

Dialogue: Artist Talk with Rabih Mroué

Joining PuSh Festival for a third time, this time with Riding on a Cloud, Rabih Mroué’s work draws attention to Lebanon’s political and economic climate through semi-documentary theatre.

FREE 5–7PM, February 2 | Startup Studio, The Post at 750


2015 PuSh Pitch photo of Emily Johnson
Photo: Sarah Race

Wednesday, February 3

Pitch Session

Eight applicants will be selected to give a 10-minute pitch of their new and upcoming projects to an audience of producers, artistic directors, festival curators, presenters and programmers.

2:30–5:00PM, February 3 | CBC Studio 700

Projects that will be pitched (in alphabetical order, by project name):

  • Chekhov’s First Play, Dead Centre (Dublin)
  • Empire of the Son, Tetsuro Shigematsu (Vancouver)
  • Foxconn Frequency, Remy Siu & Vicky Chow (Vancouver)
  • Infinity Doughnut, Katie Ward co (Montreal)
  • Old Stock, 2b Theatre (Halifax)
  • SCORE, Breach and Quinn (Dublin)
  • They Say He Fell, Pandemic Theatre (Toronto)
  • This is Not a Conversation, Elbow Theatre (Vancouver)
  • This is the Point, Ahuri Theatre (Toronto)


Keynote: Ron Berry Fusebox Festival (USA)

Find out how and why Fusebox successfully launched Free Range Art, Fusebox’s free initiative festival.

5:30PM, February 3 | The Post at 750


Image of Joyce Rosario observing the 2015 PuSh Assembly as an audience member
Photo: Sarah Race

Thursday, February 4

Presenter Roundtable: Home Sweet Home

Participate in an open dialogue featuring an esteemed cohort of artistic directors from across North America.

10AM–12PM, February 4 | The Post at 750


PuShOFF Mixer

An independent, curated “off-festival” platform of tour-ready projects by Canadian artists. Produced by Theatre Replacement and 605 Collective.

PuShOFF Mixer 4:30PM–5:30PM, February 4 | Scotiabank Dance Centre
PuShOFF continues February 5 | The Cultch

NOTE: Register here for more details and PuShOFF events on Feb 4 & 5 (1-4:30pm).


Jordan Tannahill, Curator-in-Residence, 2016-17 PuSh Festival
Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Friday, February 5

Get to know PuSh Festival’s new curator-in-residence, Jordan Tannahill at these events:

CreativeMornings Vancouver

Join the global movement of creative professionals discussing themes that affect their work. This month’s talk will be on “ethics”. Limited admission with Industry Pass or Pack – please register via the CreativeMornings “Waitlist” system.

8:30–10AM, February 5 | Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Critical (Un)Impressions—Theatre and Performance in Canada Today

10:30am-12PM, February 5 | Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts


Relative Collider, Liz Santoro, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Ian Douglas

Saturday, February 6

Breakfast Series with Liz Santoro

After seeing Relative Collider, join choreographer Liz Santoro for a casual but in-depth morning coffee and conversation on practice.

10AM–11:30AM, February 6 | The Post at 750


Ian Ilavsky photo
Photo courtesy of the artist

Sunday, February 7

Industry Brunch

Join fellow PuSh Assembly Industry participants for a farewell brunch on the last day of the Festival. A light brunch buffet will be provided.

11AM–2PM, February 7 | The Post at 750


Occupy! Indie

Join the conversation with Ian Ilavsky, co-founder of Montreal’s Constellation Records (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), about today’s “indie” music industry.

12–1:30PM, February 7 | The Post at 750