Artistic Director

Liverpool International Theatre Festival Announces Artistic Directors

The organizers of the 14th biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival are pleased to announce that the festival’s new artistic directors are Jon Paterson and Andrew Bursey.

The team of Paterson and Bursey are only the third artistic director for the 26-year-old festival.  Long-time artistic director, Eva Moore, retired from the festival at the end of the 2016 event. The 2018 event takes place Oct. 18-21.

“We are excited to have Jon and Andrew on board with LITF,” said Jean Robinson-Dexter, festival chairperson. “They bring a unique and strong combination of skills that will build on the strong foundation laid by Eva Moore.”    

Jon Paterson has been an active and award-winning member of the Canadian theatre community for the past 25 years and has performed in numerous theatres and festivals including the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (Montreal), Canoe Theatre Festival, Workshop West and Mayfield Theatre (Edmonton), Rogue Festival (California), Living Arts Centre (Mississauga), the Winnipeg Improv Festival and the Vancouver Comedy Festival.   Originally from Winnipeg, he received his training at MacEwan University, where he studied both theatre arts and production. Paterson’s awards include the Dora Award for Boy Grove, the Sterling Award for Pilk’s Madhouse, Outstanding Male Performance winner for House in Orlando. 

Andrew Bursey’s career has encompassed theatre, film, music, and event production. Originally from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and now returned, he moved to Edmonton, Alberta to attend MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program, and lived there for a number of years. As an actor, musician and producer of independent and commercial theatre, he has garnered many awards for excellence, including a Sterling Award, Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award, and a Just for Laughs Award. Andrew co-founded the theatre company RibbitRePublic, where he co-created, produced and performed in numerous original popular and critically acclaimed productions. He starred in the much-awarded film Rugburn, and was an original cast member of the musical comedy BoyGroove. 

“We’re so pleased to be working with LITF,” Bursey said. “It’s a great festival and we believe our theatre experience and combined skills will create another successful festival in October.”

Paterson added, “Although this will be my first LITF, I’m very impressed by the calibre of applications we’ve been reviewing and I can’t wait to help bring the world to Liverpool again.”

Bursey and Paterson are also co-artistic directors of the Astor Theatre.

Liverpool International Theatre Festival was founded in 1990 with the express purpose of organizing a competitive amateur theatre festival every two years and to draw visitors to Queens County outside the summer season. LITF is considered one of the top ten amateur theatre festivals in the world.