For Donor Eyes Only
The new Executive Director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival is Rohit Chokhani!
“When I first immigrated into this country, my first opportunity and success as an arts leader came through the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Little did I know that a few years later, I would have the honour of leading one of my favourite festivals in our city. I have been lucky to be involved in many different roles with the Fringe over the years and I am excited to make it my new home. I am very much looking forward to being part of the Fringe family. The Fringe really cannot do what it does without the valuable support of our donors and volunteers. I look forward to meeting all of you passionate members of our community during my first year. I am in interested in knowing you personally and professionally and am thrilled to work with you for an exciting decade ahead for the Vancouver Fringe Festival as we approach our 40 year anniversary. See you all at the event on April 21.”
We are so excited to welcome Rohit on board. He is expected to start in early April and your first opportunity to meet him will be on April 21st before Theatre Under the Gun! You can read more about the donor event happening that day in the donor newsletter.
This is a sneak peek for donor eyes only so we ask that you please keep it a secret until the official announcement goes out later this month. Thank you so much for supporting the Vancouver Fringe Festival!
A little bit about Rohit:
Rohit Chokhani is a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award-winning arts producer, director, and a cultural leader. Rohit was awarded the prestigious Vancouver NOW Representation and Inclusion Award in 2018. He is also the recipient of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award in the Large Theatre Category for Significant Artistic Achievement (2017) and the recipient of the Shiamak Vancouver Community Award (by Bollywood star/choreographer Shiamak Davar) in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Entertainment and Theatre Arts (2017).
Rohit founded Project SAT (South Asian Theatre), co-created the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, was a Producer-in-Residence at the National Arts Centre – English Theatre, and held the position of General Manager for Touchstone Theatre and Urban Ink Productions. Throughout the past eight years, Rohit Chokhani has been involved in over 30 artistic productions, which garnered four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, 28 Jessie Award nominations, three Vancouver Fringe Festival Awards, and four META Award nominations. Rohit’s reimagination of Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black was voted one of the top 20 shows on Vancouver stages in 2017, and won the Public Market Pick of the Fringe Award at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Rohit co-created All’s Well That End’s Well in 2019 for Bard on the Beach which had its sold out run with over 12,000 in attendance and was voted amongst the top 10 shows on Vancouver stages in 2019.
Rohit is one of the most sought-after voices in Canada and internationally. He has served on numerous national industry panels and has been invited to contribute his diverse leadership voice at CAPACOA (2019), IMPACT Festival (Ontario), Prismatic Festival (Halifax), Magnetic North Festival (Ottawa), Indian Summer Festival (2019), Re:generation/B.C. Cultural Roundtable, GVPTA’s Making A Scene Conference, Interrarium Curators Symposium (Banff, 2018), and The CanDance Network (2017 & 2019).
Rohit’s work has been featured on leading television channels such as Global TV News, OMNI TV, Shaw Multicultural, and ZEE TV Canada, as well as radio channels such as CBC News, Red FM, and Spice Radio. He has been featured in various arts and entertainment publications including the Westender, the Georgia Straight, La Source, Megaphone Magazine, Post Media’s Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province, as well as the Vancouver Courier, and Metro News.
Rohit grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), home to Bollywood, the centre of the Indian subcontinent’s vibrant performing arts industry. He comes from the Maratha and Marwari lineage of India, which is historically rooted in oral traditions and art forms. His work often provides a platform for historically marginalized artists through community driven objectives. Rohit is highly passionate about making performing arts equitable and sustainable.