Keltie Forsyth joins PuSh Festival leadership team

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      The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival has announced the appointment of Keltie Forsyth as its new director of operations.

      Since earning her MFA in theatre directing at UBC, Forsyth has worked in Vancouver as an arts manager, freelance director, instructor, grant writer, and associate artistic-director of both Pi Theatre and Ensemble Theatre Company. Most recently she was on the team at Vancouver Creative Space Society.

      “I am thrilled to be joining an organization that plays such a vital role for audiences and artists in the performing arts ecosystem in Vancouver," says Forsyth in a news release.

      PuSh also announced the permanent appointment of cultural producer and performance curator Gabrielle Martin in her role as director of programming and member of the Collaborative Leadership Team with Forsyth and Dr. Margo Kane. Theatre producer Tom Arthur Davis has been announced as interim director of programming, supporting Martin during her maternity leave.

      “I was inspired by what can be achieved within community, as our partners were fundamental in connecting Festival artists to new and returning audiences,” says Martin of her time with PuSh over the past year. “We are prioritizing innovative works that have a sense of necessity; that wake us up or offer new dreams for the disenchanted. I couldn’t be more confident in the creative individuals that will be leading PuSh while I’m on leave, and look forward to rejoining the team in 2023!"

      The 19th edition of the PuSh Festival will take place from January 19 to February 5, 2023, with full programming details announced in November.