Our Staff

Measha Brueggergosman. Photo by Dahlia Katz
Mitchell Marcus
Artistic & Managing Director*

Mitchell is the founder and Artistic & Managing Director* of The Musical Stage Company – Canada’s leading and largest not-for-profit musical theatre company. 

Outside of The Musical Stage Company, Mitchell was the Associate Producer for the inaugural six years of Luminato, producing over 100 productions for one-million attendees annually. Mitchell has twice been the Creative Producer for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize as well as the producer of the Dora Awards. He organized four years of It’s Always Something, working with a team that raised over $500,000 annually for Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto.

Mitchell is active on committees that service the arts community. He is an advisor to the Metcalf Foundation for its Creative Strategies Incubator program, a member of Sheridan College’s Performing Arts Committee, a member of the Dora Eligibility Committee, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective.

Mitchell has held positions in the arts management departments at both UofT and Ryerson University. He is the recipient of the 2017 The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration, a Harold Award, and was a finalist for the 2018 Roy Thomson Hall Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation recognizing contributions to Toronto’s musical life.

*The Roger & Kevin Garland Artistic & Managing Director

Kate Supleve
Executive Director, Advancement

Kate is a fundraiser and arts administrator who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba and her career has taken her onstage, backstage and to the office. An Honours graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film, Kate has worked as Production Associate for Rainbow Stage, in both Audience and Fund Development for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and as Development Manager for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Additional work includes Assistant Director for Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, producer for Bravura Theatre, work with the Pantages Playhouse, and, like so many others, it all started with the Fringe.

Paul Beauchamp
General Manager & Producer

Paul is a Toronto based producer and arts administrator. A graduate from the Ryerson University Performance Production program, he began his career stage managing with Mirvish Productions, Luminato, Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper, and The Musical Stage Company for the 2012 production of Caroline, or Change. Paul also produced multiple award-winning international productions for the Luminato Festival over his 6 seasons with the organization. For five years, Paul acted as the inaugural General Manager for the barrier-free, arts-education organization, The Artists Mentoring Youth Project (The AMY Project).

Victoria Barber
Director of Marketing & Engagement

Victoria is an experienced arts marketer and producer with a demonstrated history of working on large-scale commercial productions, new Canadian content, and site-specific theatre. She is skilled in content creation, audience development, and event management, and has developed a deep understanding of both the not-for-profit and commercial theatre landscape of Toronto and Canada. Currently, the Director of Marketing & Engagement for The Musical Stage Company, Victoria has worked in partnership with a variety of organizations including Mirvish Productions, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, Yonge Street Theatricals, and The Royal Conservatory.  A dedicated instructor, Victoria has taught Arts Marketing at Centennial College and Ryerson University.

Victoria has an Honours B. A (Music & Child Development) and a Honours Graduate Diploma (Arts Management) from Western University. Victoria is proud to be part of The Musical Stage team and to be a part of the thriving Toronto arts community.

Ray Hogg
Deputy Artistic Director

Ray Hogg is an award winning Black theatre artist known for creating and presenting virtuosic, visually stunning, viscerally moving theatre and live performance. He has over 20 years of artistic, educational and leadership experience in the most celebrated opera, dance, and theatre companies around the world. His work as a dancer, actor, master teacher, producer, director, and choreographer has taken him across Europe, The United States, and Canada.  He has created for and performed on stages as diverse as Neptune Theatre in the east, The Arts Club Theatre Company in the west and many others in between. He is currently an Associate Artistic Director at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre and Artistic Consultant for The Musical Stage Company in Toronto. From 2012-2017 Ray served as Artistic Director of Rainbow Stage.

His work as Director includes Da Kink In My Hair (Arts Club Theatre Co); The Tempest (Company of Fools); Cats, The Producers, Sister Act, Shrek, Little Shop of Horrors (Rainbow Stage); Five Guys Named Moe (Neptune Theatre). He has choreographed for the Shaw Festival, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Neptune Theatre, the Segal Centre Montreal, and more. @rayhogg www.rayhogg.com

Robyn Hoja
Associate Producer

Robyn is an interdisciplinary Producer & Arts Administrator rooted in Toronto. She is a member of the inaugural graduating class of Ryerson University’s Creative Industries program (2017) where she specialized in performance production, media/broadcast, and entrepreneurial business. In her four years at Ryerson, Robyn founded the Ryerson Musical Theatre Company, a student-run theatre company giving opportunities on and off stage to students from all fields of study in major musical productions. Robyn has previously worked for Mirvish Productions, TIFF, Ryerson University, Media One Creative, and she has dabbled in producing, production management, and dramaturgy for various Toronto Fringe Festival shows. Robyn’s non-theatre related interests include cycling around Toronto, packing food into reusable containers, and enthusiastically spotting & petting dogs.

Aaron Willis
Manager of New Musical Development

Aaron is an actor, director, educator, and co-founding artistic director of Convergence Theatre, where he has produced and directed site-specific and immersive work since 2006 including Athabasca, The Unending, Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl, the Dora-nominatedThe Gladstone Variations and AutoShow. He has worked at independent and venued theatres all over the city, including Soulpepper, Tarragon, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Roseneath, and Crow’s Theatre. He has taught at George Brown Theatre School, UTM/Theatre Erindale, Humber College, Ryerson University’s Act 2 Studio and the Stratford Festival’s Teaching Shakespeare School. Aaron was a Metcalf Foundation Producing Intern at Canadian Stage for the 2015-16 season and part of the inaugural Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Theatre Direction at the Stratford Festival.  Aaron has a BA Honours in Drama from the University of Alberta and is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.  He lives in Toronto with his wife (and Convergence Theatre partner) Julie Tepperman, and their children Cassandra and Elliot.

Alethea Bakogeorge
Development & Communications Associate

Alethea Bakogeorge is an actor, arts administrator, and disability advocate. Raised in the GTA, she is an alumna of the BFA Music Theatre and BFA Arts Administration programs at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She has worked extensively in American theatre, as an actor and administrator at Theatre Aspen and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and most recently played Chrissie in the US national tour of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live. In Toronto, Alethea was the Producing Assistant for Theatre Gargantua. An artist with a mobility disability, Alethea is passionate about creating opportunities for disabled artists and barrier-free theatrical experiences for all audiences.

Nik Murillo
Marketing & Audience Relationship Associate
Jordan Laffrenier
Metcalf Foundation Intern Artistic Director**

Jordan Laffrenier is an Honours York University Theatre graduate and a current University of Toronto Marketing certificate candidate. He has held many musical theatre development roles in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto, including Amélie on Broadway, Paradise Square/ Hard Times (Berkeley Repertory Theatre California), and Sousatska (Tiberius Entertainment).  He is one of the founding members and Artistic Director of Then They Fight Theatre, a dramaturgically based theatre company dedicated to developing new work from the initial spark of an idea into a fully realized production. Through Then They Fight, Jordan has produced work that has continued its development with Cahoots, Factory and Soulpepper. He is an advocate of theatre that supports the community on and off stage and has partnered theatre productions directly with local charities such as The Mental Health Coalition in Hamilton. Currently, he teaches a unique drama program he developed with Vibe Arts that he based on his previous work teaching musical theatre at Innovative Arts. Outside of theatre, Jordan has had the tremendous opportunity to assist former NHL player Jim Thomson with content marketing, and Jordan previously held the coordinator position at the Producer Learning Network.).

**Funding for the Metcalf Foundation Intern Artistic Director generously provided by the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation

Robert McQueen
Artistic Associate

Robert serves as an Artistic Associate for The Musical Stage Company, for whom he has directed Fun Home (2018 Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Direction), The Wild Party, Falsettos, Caroline, Or Change and The Light In The Piazza. Additionally for Musical Stage, Robert has directed the premiere productions of Life After (2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Direction), ReFramed, a collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario and You Are Here (with 1000 Islands Playhouse).

Robert has directed the New York premiere of Forest Boy, a new work by the Scottish writing team of Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmor; The Magic Flute for Vancouver Opera; La Boheme for The Canadian Opera Company; Where Elephants Weep at the Chenla Theatre Phnom Penh; Carousel for the Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo; The Immigrant for The Harold Green Theatre and Man of La Mancha for the Stratford Festival.

Robert has worked on the development of new musicals and opera in both Canada and the US for companies that include Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan University, The Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, CAP21, NY, and The O’Neill Centre, Connecticut.

Kevin Wong
Artistic Associate

Kevin is a composer/lyricist, musician, arts worker, and lawyer.

Prior to this position, Kevin undertook an internship with the Musical Stage Company in Artistic Direction with the generous support of the Metcalf Foundation. Kevin also previously served as General Manager on Musical Works: A Festival Celebrating New Musical Theatre (Musical Works in Concert/Theatre20). As a musical theatre writer, his works include Recurring John: A New Song CycleSTAR!(ving): A Collection of Songs, The Preposterous Posthumous Predicament of Paulie Peel (book: Julie Tepperman, Reframed, The Musical Stage Company/Art Gallery of Ontario in partnership with Yonge St. Theatricals, Dora Nomination), MISPRINT (book: Lauren Toffan), and Drama 101 (co-written with Steven Gallagher).

Training/Education: NoteWorthy (Acting Up Stage Company), Composium (Theatre20 Academy), Violin/Theory (Royal Conservatory of Music). University of Windsor (LL.B.), University of Western Ontario (B.Sc.).

Kevin is a member of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective (CMTWC), Dramatists Guild of America, and Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). He is also one third of Asian Riffing Trio.

Reza Jacobs
Director of Music***

Reza Jacobs is an award-winning music director, arranger, composer, and sound designer, known for his versatility in style and genre. His credits include sound design and composition for The Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Factory Theatre, Tarragon, Theatre Passe Muraille, Volcano, Cahoots, The Luminato Festival, & Harbourfront’s World Stage Festival. As Music Director he has won Dora Awards for LONDON ROAD (Best Music Direction & Best Musical, Canadian Stage); CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (Best Music Direction & Best Musical 2012, The Musical Stage Company) and ASSASINS (Best Musical 2010, TIFT/Birdland Theatre). He has played Ted in 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS (Globe, Centaur) and he has also been the resident Canadian Music Director for Andrea Martin’s one-woman show, EVERYTHING MUST GO. Most recently, he was Music Director for CAROLINE, OR CHANGE starring Jully Black (The Musical Stage Company / Obsidian Theatre Company). Reza is the inaugural Fine Furneaux Director of Music for The Musical Stage Company.

***The Fine Furneaux Director of Music

Cassandra Di Felice
Production Assistant

Cassandra is an emerging arts administrator, educator, and producer. She holds an Honours Specialization in International Relations from Western University, and is a current candidate in the Not-for-Profit Management diploma program at Western’s School of Continuing Studies. Cassandra is currently the season planning director for Musical Theatre Productions in London. She has worked with various youth theatre companies throughout the GTA and Southwestern Ontario, notably as an Administrator and as a Director/Choreographer with London Youth Theatre Education (LYTE) out of the Palace Theatre. Cassandra has been fortunate to learn from some of the best in her roles as the Assistant to the Choreographer on Mary Poppins and as a child minder on ROOM, both at The Grand Theatre in London. She has tried tirelessly to choose any other career path, but always finds herself back in the theatre. 

Jonathan Corkal
Music Assistant

Jonathan Corkal is a music director, accompanist, and actor. He is a proud graduate of Sheridan College’s Honours Bach. in Music Theatre Performance, is a recent RBC Apprentice Music Supervisor, and is on staff at George Brown College. An avid supporter of new works, he has worked on the development of several new musicals, both on the music team and as a performer. Recent credits include music assistant with Musical Stage on RePrintDr. Silver: A Celebration of Life; UnCovered: Joni Mitchell & Carole King; music director on Spring Fever (Smile Theatre), Hair (Hart House); and assoc. music director on Heathers (Hart House) and Polly Peel (Toronto Fringe). Originally from Saskatoon, he currently resides in Toronto with his cat, Chloe. Jonathan is a proud half-Latino and is forever thankful for to his family in Chile and Canada for their support – saludos y abrazos a todos! He is incredibly excited to be a part of the Musical Stage team.

David Daniels
Executive Producer

David’s activities include entertainment and real estate. Producer or Executive Producer credits include The Odyssey Theatre (Los Angeles),  Showtime Networks (Los Angeles), CBC, Cineplex, Metaphor Productions, VisionTV, Chesler/Perlmutter Productions, The Musical Stage Company and Dreamers Renegades Visionaries (all Toronto). Palais RoyaleA Promise KeptThe FantodThe Mystery of Irma VepCaroline, or ChangeThe Light in the Piazza, among others, have been nominated and/or won Gemini, Genie, Dramalogue, American Video and Dora Mavor Moore awards. He is an advisor to  Shakespearience, The Actor’s Fund , Crow’s Theatre and Solar Ship Inc. He is also a principal in Daniels Capital Group and Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building. In 2010, he received the inaugural Gilda’s Award from Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto. David lives in Toronto with his wife Kate, kids Maddie and Jasper, a dog and a fox. The fox lives in the backyard.