The Musical Stage Company is Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to musical theatre. We create transformative experiences through musical storytelling locally, nationally and internationally by:
- Connecting audiences to stories that matter
We produce thought-provoking and contemporary theatre, using the universal language of music to engage audiences emotionally, build empathy and spark dialogue.
- Connecting Canadian stories to the world
We premiere new musicals by Canadian writers and produce them across Canada and beyond.
- Connecting young people to their voices
We build self-confidence in young people and help them reach their potential through musical theatre training, ensuring affordability is not a barrier to participation.
- Connecting diverse voices to each other
We showcase diverse voices and pursue innovative partnerships to bring people together through story and song.
To produce and develop thought-provoking musical theatre with contemporary relevance, and to build and enrich communities through musical storytelling.
History and Activities
History and Activities
Established in 2004 as Acting Up Stage Company, we unveiled our new name in 2017 alongside the ambitious goals of making Canada a leader in musical theatre, reaching every Torontonian through diverse musical stories, and creating a national and international presence.
Our 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. We incubate new Canadian musicals from development to production, investing in Canadian musical theatre writers and building national and international partnerships. To date, our work has been recognized with 53 Dora Award nominations, 10 Dora Awards and 12 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards.
Beyond the stage, we build and enrich communities through musical storytelling. Our robust education programs develop the artists and audiences of tomorrow, offering musical theatre training that boosts self-confidence and self-expression for over 100 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.