Our Staff

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Ray Hogg, a Black man, half-stands & half-leans on a stool, looking directly into the camera with a slight smirk and warmth in his eyes. He has close cropped balck hair, a widow's peak, dark eyebrows and a goatee. He is wearing a neutral blazer & blue dress shirt.
Ray Hogg (he/him)
Artistic Director

Ray Hogg is the Artistic Director of The Musical Stage Company in Toronto, Canada.

He 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 stages as diverse as Neptune Theatre in the east, The Arts Club Theatre Company in the west and many others in between. From 2012-2017 Ray served as Artistic Director of Rainbow Stage. In addition to his work at The Musical Stage Company, he is also an Associate Artistic Director at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, and the founding Artistic Director of Prime Mover Theatre Company, which is dedicated to the advancement of marginalized artists and their work on Canada’s most prestigious stages from coast to coast.

His work as Director includes: CONTROLLED DAMAGE  (The Grand Theatre London),  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, DREAMGIRLS (Neptune Theatre), LOVE AND INFORMATION, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, DAMN YANKEES & CHICAGO (Sheridan College). He has choreographed for the Shaw Festival, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Neptune Theatre, the Segal Centre Montreal, and more.

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Kate Supleve (she/her)
Co-Executive Director

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 (he/him)
Co-Executive Director

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 (she/her)
Director of Marketing, Communication & Corporate Partnerships

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 Graduate Diploma (Arts Management) from Western University and is a graduate of Seth Godin’s altMBA. Victoria is proud to be part of The Musical Stage team and to contribute to the thriving Toronto arts community.

Robyn Hoja (she/her)
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.

Alethea Bakogeorge, a white disabled woman with dark brown eyes and dark curly hair, poses for the camera with both hands on her lucite walking cane. She is wearing a kelly green tank top with wide straps and black jeans, and she stands in front of a black background.
Alethea Bakogeorge (she/her)
Accessibility Manager & Development Associate

Alethea Bakogeorge (she/her) is a physically disabled artist, administrator, and arts accessibility professional. As the Accessibility Manager at The Musical Stage Company, she oversees all organizational accessibility initiatives, serving both artists and audiences. Alethea additionally teaches and consults with organizations across Canada on disability representation in the arts, meeting access needs, and disability-inclusive organizational change. Prior to her time with The Musical Stage Company, she worked extensively in both American and Canadian theatre, at organizations including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Theatre Aspen, and Theatre Gargantua. She maintains an active acting career as a disabled actor, where her favourite credits include originating the role of Chrissie in the US national tour of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day, and Kaliope in She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms at the University of California Santa Barbara. Alethea holds a BFA in Music Theatre and a BFA in Arts Administration from Viterbo University, as well a Professional Development Award in Leadership in Accessibility and Inclusion from X University.

Victoria Wang (she/her)
Artistic Development Associate

Victoria Wang is a stage manager, creative producer and installation artist who works in theatre, dance, film and interdisciplinary forms of live performance. She has collaborated with companies including Native Earth Performing Arts, Cahoots, Aluna Theatre, Bad Hats, SummerWorks, Canadian Stage and Buddies in Bad Times.

Victoria is also the founder of Memory Palace Project, an ongoing public art project whose participatory installations, live performance art, and digital creations have appeared at the Toronto Fringe, Assembly Theatre, Long Winter, and the Art Apart Festival. Victoria is grateful to call Hong Kong and Tkaronto home.

Patricia Cerra is a person of colour who is smiling at the camera in a black and white photo. She is wearing a white shirt with her long dark hair parted down the middle and falling over her left shoulder.
Patricia Cerra (she/her)
Artistic Program Associate

Patricia is an award winning artist with a multi-faceted career as an arts leader, director, and performer. Her experience has taken her to theatres throughout Canada, where she has worked on over thirty productions. Recently she was recognized with the Sterling Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role, Comedy. Patricia has had the pleasure of world premiering new works and finds great joy in play development. She has worked at the Banff Playwrights Lab collaborating with national and international playwrights. She will be debuting her short play as a part of the Sprouts Festival 2021. Patricia also serves her communities on various committees, initiatives and boards locally, provincially & nationally. Currently she is working around the country as the Intern Artistic Director with Neptune Theatre in K’jipuktuk (Halifax), in collaboration with Prime Mover Theatre Company, and The Musical Stage Company in Tkaronto (Toronto).

Katie is a queer, caucasian person, in her mid-twenties. She has blondish/brownish hair and hazel eyes under dark eyebrows. She is wearing a black turtleneck, and her hair is half-tucked behind her right ear. She is standing in an alley with garages and trees, that are just slightly out of focus. She is staring just past the camera and half-smiling while being lit by the glow of the sun.
Katie Gorham (she/they)
Marketing & Events Associate

Katie is a queer, multifaceted, musical theatre artist, producer, and administrator. Born and raised in Tkaronto, Katie holds an Honours Degree in Theatre production and performance from Queen’s University where they were awarded the William Angus Award for student advocacy and leadership. Katie has been working in the Canadian theatre industry for years with companies like Outside the March, Mainstage Theatre Company, TO Fringe, Obsidian Theatre Company, and of course, The Musical Stage Company, in both performance and production roles. Her production specialties include production management, administration, audience relations, and digital theatre.

Katie balances her career as a performer with her love of production and administration and co-founded astro theatre co, an astrological-based multi-media company, that aims to delve into Canada’s untold stories.

Nick Fassbender (he/they)
Events & Audiences Services Associate

Nick is an emerging artist who has international experience working in production and stage management.  With his degree in performance production specializing in production management from X University, Nick passionately works toward creating space for BIPOC individuals within the arts community all over! Prior to graduating, Nick toured shows around Oceania, Europe, and Asia; that discussed migration and oppression toward BIPOC communities.

Nick specializes in audience development and administration, and uses his expertise toward creating accessibility for marginalized communities in Toronto.

Gabby Noga (she/her)
Administrative & Production Coordinator

Gabby is an aspiring arts administrator and interdisciplinary artist from Edmonton who now calls Toronto home. She is a graduate of TMU (formerly Ryerson) with a BA in Creative Industries focused on theatre/dance and printing/publishing. She has previously worked for The School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in Toronto, The Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, and The Citadel Theatre and Toy Guns Dance Theatre, both in Edmonton. Her interests include arts management and financial management for theatre, musical theatre and dance, as well as graphic design and choreography.

Jordan Laffrenier (he/they)
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 McQueen ( / ) empty space. Possibility. without definition. 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 (he/him)
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 (he/him)
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

Mitchell Marcus (he/him)
Founder

A recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Mitchell is a cultural entrepreneur and creative city builder based in Toronto.

Mitchell was the Founding Artistic Director and CEO of The Musical Stage Company – Canada’s leading not-for-profit musical theatre company. Over eighteen years, he grew the company from a start-up into an internationally respected arts institution and one of the largest independent not-for-profit theatre companies in the history of Canadian theatre. Under his leadership, the company transformed the Canadian musical theatre landscape, attracted over 30,000 patrons per year, established national and international partnerships, and received 105 Dora Award nominations, 23 Dora Awards and 19 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards.

Outside of The Musical Stage Company, Mitchell was the Associate Producer for the inaugural six years of Luminato, producing over 100 productions and events for one of the preeminent international arts festivals in North America. Mitchell has been the Creative Producer for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, the producer of the Dora Awards and a principal organizer of four years of the star-studded It’s Always Something Variety Show for Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto.

Mitchell has held teaching positions in the arts management departments at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. As a volunteer, he has served on committees for the Philip Akin Black Shoulders Legacy Award, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, Paul Penna DJDS, Sheridan College, Centennial College, the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective, the Metcalf Foundation, and the Laidlaw Foundation.

Mitchell is the recipient of The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration, a Harold Award, and was a finalist for the Roy Thomson Hall Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation recognizing his contribution to Toronto’s musical life.

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.