Fresno Beehive

Heather Parish is new Rogue Festival director

Heather Parish is taking over the top leadership position of Fresno’s venerable Rogue Festival.

The festival’s board announced Wednesday the appointment of Parish as festival director. The fringe festival offers a multitude of performances (heavy in theater, music and performance art) during its annual 10-day run.

She replaces Barbara Coy-Hogan, who was festival director for two years. Parish previously was the Rogue’s public relations manager and has been on the Rogue year-round staff for two years.

There’s an interesting Q&A up with Parish on the Rogue Festival’s website, including a recollection from her of the first Rogue show she was involved in, which I panned. (Ouch. Sorry, Heather.) She is a stalwart member of the Fresno arts scene and through her association with The New Ensemble theater company has added greatly to the cultural fabric of the community.

Among her goals, she says:

I’m looking forward to expanding our outstanding group of volunteers and deepening ties with our audiences. Rogue’s core mission is about helping artists present their work and helping audiences find new, exciting art. More than anything, we’re looking to invest our energy in this core mission and doing it as well as we possibly can.

The Rogue position is a lot of work, and I’m sure Coy-Hogan is relieved she gets to take a break. A thanks to her for leading the Rogue through some good years.