The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival has Roxanne Duncan, who has worked in the theatre scene in both Toronto and Edinburgh, as its new managing director.
Duncan's latest post has been at The Theatre Centre in Toronto, where she has been the
managing director since 2010. Her career began in Edinburgh in 2005 working with Aurora Nova and Paul
Lucas Productions. In 2007 she moved to Toronto, working there with Volcano Theatre, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and, later, Acting Up Stage, Company Theatre, Dreamwalker Dance, Soulpepper, and Why Not Theatre.
“Roxanne comes to Vancouver with a tremendous range of skills, knowledge and work experiences," PuSh Festival artistic and executive director Norman Armour said in a press statement with the announcement. "She is the perfect complement to what PuSh is embarking upon in the next stage of its life. Roxanne has been a key figure at The Theatre Centre in building what is an inspiring organization and a leader in the Canadian independent-theatre scene—not the least for having just opened a brilliant new facility to cap off a $6.2 million capital campaign.”
“Roxanne is coming to the PuSh festival as we embark on our second decade of bringing innovative and collaborative performing arts to Vancouver,” said Christianne Wilhelmson, the PuSh Festival's president-elect and member of the search committee. “As we move our operations into the City of Vancouver-leased cultural amenity space at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre, we are excited that someone with Roxanne's energy and vision will be joining our leadership team and we know she'll help us build on our years of success just as she did with The Theatre Centre in Toronto.”
Duncan, who officially starts June 2, replaces Minna Schendlinger, PuSh’s managing director since 2005, who announced her planned spring departure in November.