One is moving on and the other is moving in, as the Arts Club Theatre Company and PuSh Festival made separate staffing announcements yesterday.
These were no April Fools’ Day pranks though as the Arts Club announced the departure of Executive Director Howard Jang and the PuSh Festival announced the arrival of their new Managing Director, Roxanne Duncan.
In a release, the Arts Club said that after fourteen years Jang would step down in June to join Simon Fraser University, highlighting some of his contributions over the years including helping it to achieve the largest subscription base of any professional theatre in the country, renovations to its Granville Island Stage, and the re-opening of the Revue Stage.
“My tenure at the Arts Club has been a tremendously fruitful and rewarding experience in my professional life, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished together. The future is very bright and I am proud to have contributed to the sound financial footing the company enjoys,” says Jang.
In its own release, the PuSh International Performing Festival announced Roxanne Duncan as its new Managing Director, which coincidentally also takes effect in June. Duncan joins the PuSh Festival from The Theatre Centre in Toronto, where she has been the Managing Director since 2010.
“I am thrilled to be joining the remarkable team at PuSh, a festival I have admired for many years,” says Duncan. “At The Theatre Centre, I had the opportunity to work with a number of Vancouver artists, who are making some of the most interesting work in the country right now. I look forward to learning more about the city’s thriving artistic community—and I’m pretty excited about the ocean too.”
The Arts Club Theatre Company, now celebrating its 50th season, is the largest theatre company in Western Canada offering professional theatre at its three venues in Vancouver: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage.
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s mid-winter festival presenting acclaimed local, national and international artists. The 2015 PuSh Festival will take place January 20 to February 8, 2015 at various venues in and around Vancouver.