Chutzpah! Festival 2020

i. Artistic Managing Director: Jessica Mann Gutteridge

ii. The name of our upcoming festival is:
The Chutzpah! Festival of International Jewish Performing Arts.

iii. My role in the festival is:
Artistic Managing Director. I oversee all programming and operations of the festival and the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre.


Ben Caplan. Opening Night Concert


Pianist + Composer Guy Mintus. Photo by Ella Barak


iv. In describing the festival in 3 sentences or less, I’d say:
We are a multi-arts festival celebrating the performing arts through a multicultural Jewish lens. The Chutzpah! Festival brings high-calibre artists working in music, theatre, dance, and comedy with local, national, and international recognition. We engage in creative development through artistic residencies at the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, and our outreach activities include workshops and stimulating artist conversations.

v. Under lockdown, the festival is:
Still committed to bringing exciting performing arts experiences in virtual and in-person settings, adapted to safer, new ways of performing.

vi. In the festival, you’ll see:
International artists representing dance, music, theatre, and comedy bringing their creativity to a new way of performing. All artists will be interviewed live by our Festival Host, Iris Bahr, who brings her stand-up comedy alter-egos to the task. Look for insightful, stimulating conversations about art, life, creating during COVID-19, and other topics.


Iris Bahr. Interactive Comedy


Jessica Mann Gutteridge by Tallulah


vii. The inspiration for this festival comes from:
Bridging between the festival’s past and the future by bringing together old friends who performed in festivals curated by our previous Artistic Managing Director, Mary-Louise Albert, with new friends brought by new Artistic Managing Director, Jessica Gutteridge.

viii. One challenge in developing this festival was:
Adjusting to the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited our ability to present in-person performances and to bring visiting artists to Vancouver from across the country and around the world.

ix. By attending the festival we hope that you feel:
A sense of joy and the communal spirit that arises from experiencing art with others.

Chutzpah Festival 2020

Header: Pigulim: A dance work by Ella Rothschild. Photo by Efrat Mazor


Tanis Saxby @ The Crawl


Andre Petterson's Clime

Elizabeth Newton

Elizabeth Newton