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.

“I create whimsical and visually imaginative work based in personal history, trauma, and humour. I’m always asking about how we connect to each other in a shared space.”

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.

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.

Theatre Companies

Upcoming

Show Producer My Role Date
Card Game Re:Current Theatre Creator In Development
Boys In Chairs Boys in Chairs Collective Associate Director, Co-Creator In Development
Master of Fine Arts Simon Fraser University Theatre as Game Design In Process

Portfolio

Boys in Chairs 400px
Champion 400px
Topophilia 400px
Books 400px
The Smile Off Your Face 400px
This Is What I Know 400px
Everything You've Always Wanted 400px
The Act of Remembering 400px
Family Debts 400px
Wild Duck Project 400px
Something Broken 400px
Optional Forum: Where to Start? 400px
Brantwood 400px
There Was and There Was Not 400px
The Art of Building a Bunker 400px
The Bear 400px
Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical 400px
Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread 400px
How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 400px
Salome 400px

Accolades

  • SSHRC: Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship
  • MyEntertainmentWorld: Outstanding Direction nomination (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • SummerWorks: Award for Best Production (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • NOW Magazine: Outstanding Production (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • NOW Magazine: Outstanding Direction (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • Torontoist: Best of SummerWorks (The Smile Off Your Face)
  • Armenian General Benevolent Union: Performing Arts Scholarship
  • Simon Fraser University: Graduate Fellowship
  • Ontario Arts Council through The Theatre Centre & Cabaret Company: Theatre Creators Reserve
  • Volcano Theatre: Featured in 2016 Emerging Artist Series
  • University of Toronto Drama Coalition Awards: Best Direction nomination
  • Simon Fraser University: John Juliani Grad Fellowship in Theatre

Education

  • SummerWorks: Leadership Intensive Program (2014)
  • University of Toronto/Sheridan College (2014): Honours Bachelor of Arts
  • Simon Fraser University School of Contemporary Arts: Master of Fine Arts (in process)
  • Buddies In Bad Times: Young Creators Unit (2014/15)
  • Generator: Artist Producer Training (2016-17)
  • Magnetic North Theatre Festival: Compass Points (2014)

Website by Sebastien Galina, Photos from The Smile Off Your Face (Marlowe Porter), Everything You've Always Wanted (Neil Silcox), and The Act of Remembering (Tatiana Carnevale)