Andrew Bursey – Artistic Director/General Manager:
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 thrived in the upper echleon there for a number of years.
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 independent film Rugburn, and was an original cast member of the cult-hit musical comedy BoyGroove.
As an actor, musician and producer of independent and commercial theatre, he has garnered many awards of excellence. Select awards include, the prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award, Elizabeth Sterling Haines Award, and a Just for Laughs Comedy Award.
Andrew has been featured in Oprah Magazine and Variety Magazine for his contributions to contemporary Canadian theatre. Performing to sold out audiences at The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival was a career highlight, eclipsed only by singing the national anthem(s) at the Toronto Blue Jays 2006 home opener. “Lord Have Bursey!” – Vue Magazine
Jon Paterson – Artistic Director/Technical Director:
Jon Paterson has been an active member of the Canadian theatre community or the past 25 years and has performed in innumerable theatres and fringe festivals. He received his training at MacEwan University, where he studied both theatre arts and production. He has
also trained with master clown Mike Kennard (Mump & Smoot) and has honed his improv skills at Second City Toronto. Noteworthy performances include BoyGroove(Dora Award winner – Toronto), Pilk’s Madhouse (Sterling Award winner – Edmonton),
House(Outstanding Male Performance winner- Orlando Fringe) and Letters in Wartime (Outstanding Performance winner – London Fringe)
I would like to express my excitement and enthusiasm on becoming the new co-artistic and technical director, and to be making my new home in Liverpool.
While spending the last 20 years producing and performing, I have seen many theatres across Canada, each with it’s own degree of allurement and pizzaz. The charm of the Astor is unparalleled, and, as the oldest performing arts venue in the province, it truly is a Canadian gem. When the opportunity arose to join the Astor theatre team, there was no way I could refuse. And to join my long-time colleague and friend Andrew Bursey at the helm, well, it just made the choice that much easier.
Together we aim to continue to offer Liverpool and Queens County top quality entertainment and performing arts from Classical to Country; from
internationally acclaimed musicians to award-winning theatre while continuing our strong and lasting alliance with The Winds of Change
I want people to walk away from every Astor experience glad that they chose us over Netflix. Live performance strengthens and engages a community, and creates a common dialogue that we can all share.