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. He completed a Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Theatre Game Design and Interdisciplinary Performance Studies.

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 on the unceded Coast Salish territories.

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.
My name in Armenian

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 Passe Muraille Logo
Magnetic North Theatre Festival logo
Paprika Festival logo
Canadian Stage logo

Upcoming

Project Producer Role Date
Two Canoe Meagan Woods Performer July 2020
New Societies Online eVolver Festival Director June 2020
Or Festival Or Festival Director TBD
HIVE Re:Current Theatre / HIVE Performance Collective Creator, Co-Producer TBD
Access Me Boys in Chairs Collective Associate Director, Co-Creator TBD

Accolades

Education

  • 2017-19 | Master of Fine Arts, 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)