The Musical Stage Company is the largest and leading charitable musical theatre company in Canada. Established in 2004 as Acting Up Stage Company, we strive to make Canada a leader in musical theatre.
We believe it’s better with music.
We are inspired by music’s unique ability to viscerally affect people and are committed to cultivating experiences – onstage and off – that transform lives, build empathy and create community through musical theatre.
We incubate new Canadian musicals from development to production, investing in Canadian musical theatre writers and building national and international partnerships. Our musical productions – including award-winning contemporary musicals, world premieres and concerts – are seen live by 30,000 people over the 80+ nights that we are onstage annually in venues both traditional and surprising. To date, our work has been recognized with 82 Dora Award nominations, 18 Dora Awards and 16 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards.
Our robust education programs develop the artists and audiences of tomorrow, offering musical theatre training that boosts self-confidence and self-expression for over 200 young people each year without cost to the participants. We also curate innovative musical programs in partnership with diverse organizations, maximizing the resonance of our work across disciplines and communities.
To make Canada a leader in musical theatre.
To develop and produce thought-provoking musical theatre with contemporary relevance, and to build and enrich communities through musical storytelling.
The Musical Stage Company performs in venues both traditional and surprising; with gratitude and respect, we acknowledge that Toronto is in the “Dish With One Spoon Territory.” The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe Nation, Mississaugas of the New Credit, and Haudenosaunee Confederacy that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans, and all newcomers, have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship, and respect. We recognize the presence and endurance of all Indigenous people on and of this land, both recorded and unrecorded, upon which we are privileged to be able to live, work, and play.
View a full list of our past productions here.