Brian Postalian

Theatre Director – Producer – Creator

Bio

Brian Postalian (Բրայն Փոսթալյան) is an arts administrator, educator, and creator born and raised in Toronto/Tkaronto by way of Armenia, Ireland, Wales, and the Czech Republic. He works in the Arts & Theatre sector as a highly skilled and sought-after freelance administrator, producer, and educator. As a producer, he has worked on projects locally and nationally across Canada. From small independent theatre companies to mid and large-scale arts organizations and performing arts festivals, he is quick to adapt to the given needs and circumstances a project requires. He has shaped his career working with community groups and is skilled in facilitation across disparate groups. A passion for live performance that is exemplified in his 10+ year history of making events in public spaces (and often unusual places). As an artist, Brian makes work that reconsiders how we share space together in communal places. He is always looking at creating unique happenings for the audience that leave lasting impressions and transformative experiences. His work is highly collaborative and crosses disciplines from creation, direction, performance, and medium. An ambitious risk taker, a reviewer once described him as “clearly unafraid to try just about anything."

Brian is the founding Artistic Director of Re:Current Theatre, which is dedicated to creating work that reimagines gathering. Together with his company, he produced the sold-out SummerWorks hit The Smile Off Your Face and most recently the digital tour of New Societies from Upintheair Theatre's eVolver Festival to Kingston's Kick & Push Festival and into Crow's Theatre's main season programming. 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 continues to make collaborative work that redefines what we think of as theatre.

Brian will be a teaching within the Theatre department at X University in the Fall of 2021 and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Simon Fraser University. He was the Artistic Producer of CRAPSHOOT! at Theatre Passe Muraille, and Compass Points Curator at Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Brian is an alumni of the Artist Producer Training program (Generator), Young Creators Unit (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program, 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. 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.

In his spare time, he likes to visit used book stores, revisit childhood video games, ride his bicycle, play with his dog Amie, and is learning how to draw and play the Armenian duduk. Brian currently lives on the unceded Coast Salish territory of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations (also known as Vancouver, BC).

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

For Hire

Brian produces with some of the most innovative theatre creators, companies, and arts administrators in Canada. He also provides freelance producing, consulting, grant writing, educational workshops and dramaturgical services and is always excited to make new connections. He would love to connect for your next project!

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

Upcoming

Project Producer Role Date
LIVE Assembly LIVE Biennale Digital Conference Coordinator Aug-Nov 2021
Romeo & Juliet Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Precursor Lab Collaborator, Dramaturg, Producer November 19
Adv Performance Tech I: Acting X University University Lecturer Fall 2021 Term
New Societies Online Re:Current Theatre / Rumble Theatre Director / Creator December 10-11 2021 / January 7-8 2022
Fefu and Her Friends Erindale Theatre Department (U of T Mississauga) Director February 17-March 6 2022
Brian & Jackie's 100...Plays (Development Workshop) Re:Current Theatre Performer / Creator January 2022
New Societies Re:Current Theatre / Rumble Theatre / Presentation House Theatre Creator, Director, Producer May-June 2022

Accolades

Awards

  • 2020 | Creative Armenia Self-Quar Experiment Shortlist
  • 2020 | FCAT Dean’s Graduate Convocation Medal (nomination)
  • 2020 | National Theatre School Art Apart (Card Game)
  • 2020 | Ontario Arts Council: Theatre Creators Reserve (Suitcase In Point), 100 Bad Plays...
  • 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
  • 2017 | Ontario Arts Council: Theatre Creators Reserve (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, 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)