Brian Postalian

Theatre Director – Producer – Creator

Bio

Brian Postalian (Բրայն Փոսթալյան) is a theatre director, producer, and performance creator born and raised in Toronto/Tkaronto by way of Armenia, Ireland, Wales, and the Czech Republic. Brian is the founding Artistic Director of Re:Current Theatre, which produced the sold-out SummerWorks hit The Smile Off Your Face. Previously, he was the Artistic Producer of CRAPSHOOT! at Theatre Passe Muraille, and Compass Points Curator at Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

Brian is an alumni of the Artist Producer Training program (Generator), Young Creators Unit (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program (SummerWorks), Compass Points (Magnetic North Festival), and was a member of the inaugural Devised Theatre Lab at Common Boots Theatre. Brian has trained with The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, the Volcano Theatre Conservatory and was featured in Volcano’s Emerging Artist series along with his colleague Jackie Rowland for their work This is What I Know. Brian’s work has been featured on “Best of the Year” lists, received Outstanding Direction (NOW Magazine), Best Production (SummerWorks 2017), nomination for Outstanding Direction (MyEntertainmentWorld), and he has been described as “clearly unafraid to try just about anything”.

On his spare time, he likes to visit used book stores, ride his bicycle, volunteer and is learning how to draw and play the Armenian duduk. Brian currently lives in Vancouver, BC where he is completing an MFA at Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Art in Theatre Game Design and Interdisciplinary Studies.

I am a theatre director, producer, and performance creator. In each sense, I work as a facilitator of language, storytelling, and communitas, using personal history, trauma, and humour to consider how we connect to each other in a shared space.

Producing

Brian produces with some of the most innovative theatre creators, companies, and arts administrators in Canada. He also provides dramaturgical services and freelance consulting/workshops on artistic and indie projects.

Upcoming

Project Producer Role Date
Tom at the Farm Simon Fraser University Director November 1-2, 2018
Everybody UBC MedPlay Director January 31-February 9, 2019
Card Game Re:Current Theatre Creator In Development
Boys In Chairs Boys in Chairs Collective Associate Director, Co-Creator In Development
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Boys in Chairs

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Champion

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Topophilia

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Books

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The Smile Off Your Face

This Is What I Know 450px

This Is What I Know

Everything You've Always Wanted 450px

Everything You've Always Wanted

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The Act of Remembering

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Family Debts

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Wild Duck Project

Something Broken 450px

Something Broken

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Optional Forum: Where to Start?

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Brantwood

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There Was and There Was Not

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The Art of Building a Bunker

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The Bear

Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical 450px

Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical

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Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 450px

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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Salome

Accolades

  • 2018 | Performing Arts Scholarship, Armenian General Benevolent Union
  • 2018 | Joseph Armand Bombardier SSHRC Scholarship
  • 2018 | John Juliani Grad Fellowship in Theatre
  • 2017 | Outstanding Direction nomination, MyEntertainmentWorld (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • 2017 | Award for Best Production, SummerWorks (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • 2017 | Outstanding Production, NOW Magazine (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • 2017 | Outstanding Direction, NOW Magazine (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • 2017 | Best of SummerWorks, Torontoist (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • 2017 | Performing Arts Scholarship, Armenian General Benevolent Union
  • 2017 | Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University
  • 2016/17 | Theatre Creators Reserve, Ontario Arts Council through The Theatre Centre & Cabaret Company (This Is What I Know)
  • 2016 | Featured in Volcano Theatre's Emerging Artist Series
  • 2012 | Best Direction nomination, University of Toronto Drama Coalition Awards (Salome)

Education

  • 2017-19 | Master of Fine Arts (in process), Simon Fraser University School of Contemporary Arts
  • 2017 | Artist Producer Training, Generator
  • 2014 | Honours Bachelor of Arts, with High Distinction, University of Toronto/Sheridan College
  • 2014 | SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program
  • 2014/15 | Young Creators Unit, Buddies In Bad Times
  • 2014 | Compass Points, Magnetic North Theatre Festival

Website by Sebastien Galina, Photos from This is What I Know (Jan DiMartino), Everything You've Always Wanted (Neil Silcox), and The Smile Off Your Face (Marlowe Porter)