Andrew Barrett

Communications & Marketing Officer

Andrew is a queer multidisciplinary theatre artist based on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen-Speaking Peoples / Victoria, BC. He is a creator, performer, teacher, director, administrator, and Artistic Producer of Impulse Theatre.

He received his BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria with a focus on direction, physical theatre, and performance design; has pursued contemporary dance training through the Victoria School of Contemporary Dance since 2010; and studied at MacEwan University in the Arts and Cultural Management Program.

As the Artistic Producer of Impulse Theatre, an interdisciplinary theatre company he founded in 2010, he has led the creation and presentation of over fifteen new works and established the company’s annual festival Peek Fest. The festival is devoted to supporting new work creation and the professional development of local arts workers.

Impulse’s projects have been presented at upintheair’s rEvolver Theatre Festival, the Belfry’s SPARK Festival, Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest, Winterlab and You Show Series, the Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festival, and Theatre SKAM’s SKAMpede. Their work ana was one of the last residency projects at the nationally acclaimed Videofag.

Over the past eight years Andrew has worked as a producer, front of house manager, volunteer coordinator, and as many other roles in the city, with such companies as Intrepid Theatre, SNAFU Dance Theatre, and Puente Theatre. He served as Theatre SKAM’s Communications Coordinator for two years, and prior to that acted as Atomic Vaudeville’s Administrative Assistant after receiving a BCAC Early Career Development grant for Artistic Director Training with Artistic Producer, Britt Small.

As a solo artist, he attended in One Yellow Rabbit’s Summer Lab Intensive in 2016, and has been presented through Dance Victoria’s LOLA Projects, Bounce Performance Works, and the Firehall Arts Centre’s BC Buds Festival. He regularly brings his hybrid dance and theatre ideology to creative partnerships as a performer, choreographer, and movement consultant.

He has taught theatrical movement and creation for Pacific Design Academy’s Acting for the Screen program, and has done workshops through Impulse Theatre, SKAM School of Performing Arts, Victoria School of Contemporary Dance, for the poets of Victoria Spoken Word Festival, and the students of the Gulf Islands School of the Performing Arts, for which he is an alumni.

Andrew is a collaborator with Halfax/Kjipuktuk’s Accidental Mechanics Group and their national queer performance project the Unfamiliar Everything, which is currently a Residency Project at the Theatre Centre in Toronto/Tkaronto.

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