Following an extensive interview process over the last several weeks, we’re pleased to appoint Matt Ostrehan as Vancouver Fringe’s new Marketing & Communications Manager.
Matt hails from the UK, and joins the organization with over five years’ experience working in the arts in his hometown of Bristol.
His career to date has seen him champion marketing initiatives across seven unique museum sites, as well as leading wide-reaching show campaigns at Bristol Old Vic – the oldest continuously-working theatre in the English-speaking world. He also holds a degree in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies from Cardiff University
Prior to his arrival in Vancouver, and in support of the UK’s National Health Service, Matt managed the digital communications for North Bristol NHS Trust’s research team, helping them to navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic whilst delivering exceptional care for all within the community.
Matt’s passions include branding and design, developing robust creative campaigns, and connecting with audiences to offer lively and meaningful experiences.
Speaking of his appointment, Matt said:
“I am ecstatic to be joining the Vancouver Fringe team at a time when so many fresh ideas are bouncing around the room. The vision for the Fringe moving forward is truly exciting (for both audiences and artists alike), with much for all to get involved in.
As a marketer, it’s a real thrill to get stuck in with such a creative and playful organization – especially one with such a vibrant community behind it. I look forward to welcoming attendees back for what is geared up to be a spectacular 2022 Festival. Hopefully see you there!”
Cory Philley, Executive Director said:
“Speaking on behalf of the board and the staff, we are beyond excited to welcome Matt to the Fringe and to his first job in Canada. Matt has a wealth of talent and experience that he is bringing to this position and is perfectly placed to be instrumental in renewal of the organization.
It has been delightful to watch Matt hit the ground running and at the same time to be so appreciative of the Fringe and all that it means to the Vancouver community. I am so grateful to be collaborating with Matt on a creative and sustainable future for the Fringe.”
In his spare time, you’ll often find Matt cycling around the city, hiking the surrounding landscape or crawling the local brewery scene. On the clock, you can talk to him about all things sales and publicity-related.
Matt’s favorite production – The Weir by Conor McPherson.