Curriculum Vitae

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Duston Baranow-Watts is a Creative Coordinator, Project & Events Manager with a background in the Performing Arts and Language Education. Duston has worked across disciplines, industries, and languages to shape projects and experiences with leadership and creativity.

Professional Work Experience

One-Week Program Facilitator (Japanese) – Concordia Language Villages, March 2020 – July 2020

Adapted in-person immersion language curriculum to fit online delivery, managed and supported a planning team of instructors, lead program in session and supported staff, communicated with participant families as necessary, coordinated supervised and supported guest instructors, lead organization of non-credit program. Worked remotely.

Education and Community Outreach Specialist – Arts Club Theatre Company, May 2020 – June 2020

Developed and carried out educational and outreach programs for online distribution including developing and appearing on panel discussions, creating video content on a variety of topics, calling donors, and other projects related to fund development, education, and outreach. Worked in teams and alone. Worked remotely.

Marketing Assistant (Japanese Program) – Concordia Language Villages, March 2020 – May 2020

Created video and written content for Facebook, YouTube, and company-hosted Blog pages for the Japanese Language immersion program. Fielded client questions as appropriate. Content included educational target-language videos (with bilingual subtitles), resource newsletters, and instructional text posts. Engagement with Social Media posts increased through my tenure in this position.

Concert Duty – Music in the Morning, October 2019 – February 2020

Various front-of-house tasks for a classical music presenter, including set-up and take-down of lobby supplies, taking tickets, providing customer service, answering program questions, and others as necessary.

Staff Team Leader, Counsellor (Japanese) – Concordia Language Villages, 2015-2018

Leadership position responsible for working with the Dean and leadership staff of the Japanese Language Village on developing activity and evening programs, managing and supporting staff, planning activities and programs, and maintaining target-language environment. Counsellor position held 2015-2016

Properties Assistant – University of British Columbia Dept. Theatre & Film, 2017-18

Work-Learn position responsible for managing interdepartmental and external loans of the university’s supply of stage properties, as well as build and maintenance including some sculpting, casting, leatherwork, and other techniques for department productions and on existing stock.

Stage Management Experience (Professional)

Stage Manager

What you Won’t do for Love – Why Not Theatre
Workshop piece in development, presented at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2020

Kotoba Forest – TASAI Collective
New experiential theatre & poetry piece

Enter Laughing – Theatre in the Raw

Selfie – Rumble Theatre, Tremors Festival
Responsible for managing and running rehearsals for one show in a festival of emerging artists, running show including video, lighting, and sound cues directly in a non-traditional venue (classroom of the Italian Cultural Centre), creating and distributing daily schedules, rehearsal reports, scheduling production meetings, and other duties as necessary.

Yūko-Kai – TomoeArts
Responsible for running show including sound and video cues and microphone levels for a one-night performance and lecture-demonstration of Japanese dance at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. Oversaw backstage and show run personnel, coordinated and trained volunteers, took rehearsal notes, interfaced with multi-lingual cast of performers in both English and Japanese, and performed other duties as necessary.

Japanese Poets North of the 49th Parallel – TASAI Collective
Responsible for interfacing between creative team of poets and a director and the venue technician, interpreting lighting and technical requests, keeping to a schedule, observing rehearsal, calling cues and running the performance, switching between languages as necessary.

Apprentice Stage Manager

No Child… – Arts Club Theatre Company *
Presented on the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre following COVID-19 restrictions and modified processes

The Sound of Music – Western Canada Theatre *
Presented at the Sagebrush Theatre in Kamloops, BC

The Drowning Girls – Western Canada Theatre *
Presented at the Pavilion Theatre in Kamloops, BC

It’s a Wonderful Life – Gateway Theatre
Tracked blocking and backstage traffic, observed rehearsal and performance processes, created show run lists, cued orchestra, assisted in prompting backstage personnel, photographed costumes for archival, worked with Equity cast and SM team (D.O.T. contract), IATSE crew, and CFM/AFM orchestra, attended production and personal branding workshops.

Assistant Stage Manager

Trans Scripts I: The Women – Zee Zee Theatre & The Frank Theatre
ASM/Line Prompter for performance, performed wardrobe maintenance, acted as replacement Stage Manager for final week of studio rehearsals.

No One’s Safe – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Practicum position, on new Canadian immersive and site-specific opera.

“Takarazuka Revue: World of Dreams Vancouver”
Responsible for keeping backstage organized during a one-day concert performance, assisting with lighting and sound setup as needed, translating/interfacing between Japanese-speaking performers and English-speaking tech team, running video cues, and others as needed.

Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited – TomoeArts
Assistant Stage Manager on a bilingual (English/Japanese) chamber opera. Responsibilities included setup of dressing rooms and backstage areas, giving time calls, cueing performers, creating pre-set and running lists, communicating with performers in English and Japanese, following score backstage, and others as required.

Art Director

Tower of Babbel 2019- TASAI Collective

* denotes projects worked under a CAEA contract

Education & Training

Stage Management in Opera Practicum – Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, 2019
Responsible for Assistant Stage Management of a site-specific, new Canadian opera workshop. Received mentorship in Stage Management for Opera. Additional experience in Stage Management and Production Assistantship for Music and concerts.

BFA Theatre Design & Production – University of British Columbia, 2018
Focus in Stage Management

Summer Session in Asian Studies – Sophia University, Tokyo, 2015
Study Abroad experience with the Faculty of International Liberal Arts (国際教養学部) at Sophia University (上智大学) in Tokyo, Japan

Awards & Honours

  • Dean’s List Designation, 2016-2017, 2017-2018 (Two academic years)
  • Michael McQueen Scholarship in Theatre
  • Trek Excellence Scholarship
  • Student Scholarships in Arts Award
  • Go Global International Learning Programs Award

Presentations & Conferences

  • British Columbia Japanese-Language Speech Contest – Selected participant, University Advanced division, 2018
  • Arts Studies in Research and Writing Conference – Selected presenter, UBC Faculty of Arts departmental conference, 2015

Skills of Note

  • Advanced Japanese Language proficiency (JLPT N2 Passed)
  • Can read and work from a score
  • Experience working with children and young adults
  • Full BC Driver’s license, Standard and automatic OK
  • Advanced computer and word processing skills
  • Experience with AutoCAD 2014 Drafting, Vectorworks Spotlight drafting & Renderworks rendering
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud: Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere pro, Photoshop
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Figure53 QLab
  • Experience with ETC Ion lighting consoles
  • Previous music training
  • Strong acting foundation
  • Adapts quickly to new environments
  • Global experience