Living Room – Festivals: So Many, So Awesome
September 26, 2016, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422 Studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC
Calling all Emerging Artists: It’s time for our first Living Room of the season!
And this session is going to focus on festivals: How do they contribute to the theatre community? What is involved in producing one? What kind of theatre works in different festivals? How can they inspire you?
Our guests David Jordan (Executive Director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival) and Joyce Rosario (Associate Curator of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival) will talk about their respective festivals: how they’re built, how they work, and how you can engage with them. Marie Farsi, freelance director and co-AD of Babelle Theatre, will moderate the conversation.
David was born and raised in Prince George. Not being very proficient at hockey, he turned to theatre. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Drama for Human Development from Concordia University in Montreal and a Master’s degree in Directing from Ohio University. He has worked at the Vancouver Fringe since moving to Vancouver in 2004, and has been the Executive Director since 2006. He has served as the President of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals since 2010. He has been involved in Executive Director education programs at Vantage Point as a participant and mentor. He has served on arts council juries and currently serves on the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee for the Vancouver Foundation. He is passionate about the Fringe vision of “Theatre for Everyone”: accessibility for artists and audience alike. He lives in East Vancouver with his wife Bethan and their children Owen, Max and Jasper.
At PuSh: Joyce has been the Associate Curator since 2013. She and Artistic & Executive Director, Norman Armour, collaborate on all aspects of programming: seeing work, choosing shows, developing partnerships (local, national, and international), staying in touch with artists and following what they are working on, and lots and lots of travelling. Before PuSh: She has spent most of her professional career working in the dance milieu, at the same time as developing a practice in performing arts curation. She led organizations such as New Works and Made in BC—Dance on Tour. She’s a graduate of UBC’s Theatre Production/Design program, and was once nominated for a Jessie Award in costume design. Outside of PuSh: She dabbles in textile-related crafts, and spends time with all the people she misses when she’s travelling!
As a theatre director and creator, Marie trained across the globe to study Theatrical Biomechanics of Meyerhold in Perugia (Italy), Jingju, an acrobatic form of Chinese Opera at the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts in Beijing, and more recently Wayang Kulit, the traditional Balinese shadow puppetry. Recent directing credits include Movements 1&2 (Babelle Theatre); Rivulets: 3 short plays about a flood (Babelle Theatre/2016 Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Outstanding Direction and Production); Seabird is in a Happy Place (Winner of the 40th Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival/NYC); John & Beatrice, produced both in English and in French (Vortex Theatre); and The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide (Tremors Festival/Rumble Theatre). She was also the recipient of the 2015 Prix Power Corporation du Canada as an emerging Franco-Canadian theatre artist. Marie graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University. www.mariefarsi.com/www.babelletheatre.com
For the full season of Living Room programming, click here.
The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. Connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment. Rumble Theatre invites all artists who self-identify as “emerging” to join us for these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community building. Each event centres on a specific theme.