PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Executive Director Norman Armour announced today that Kent Gallie will be taking the position of interim Managing Director for the 2011 PuSh Festival. "Kent Gallie is one of those individuals who form the cornerstone of any vibrant arts community. Resiliency, resourcefulness, determination—they are mantras for these current times. These words also capture the qualities that Kent will bring to the Interim Managing Director position.”
Managing Director Minna Schendlinger will be on maternity leave immediately following the 2010 festival, and will be returning in the spring of 2011. "I couldn't be happier about Kent's appointment to this position. It is going to be a real boon to the organization and the community to have him here for the next year.”
Kent Gallie has worked for the past two and a half years as Outreach Manager for MusicFest Vancouver (formerly Festival Vancouver) coordinating the organization’s province wide 30 concert Spectacular Music BC series, as well as playing an integral role in the production of the annual two week international music festival.
Prior to joining MusicFest Vancouver Kent spent 11 years as Production Stage Manager with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. His tenure with the ESO included the transition of the orchestra into the new Francis Winspear Centre for Music and coordinating the annual Symphony Under the Sky Festival. He also served a 4 year term as Festival Liaison on the Edmonton Arts Council Board of Directors, providing a voice for the local festival community at the Board level and chairing a number of peer juries administering municipal grants to established and emerging festival organizations. Kent is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program and has worked for a variety of theatre, film and television production companies as an actor, stage manager and technician. He also works as a Front of House Manager at the