Marquee Ensemble

Marquee 2020 Participants. Photo by Sandro Pehar
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OVERVIEW

Applications for The Marquee Ensemble 2022 program are now open!

For the full Application Guidelines PDF, please click here.
To apply to The Marquee Ensemble Program, please click here to fill out the application form.

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

The Marquee Ensemble is a free multi-arts program where people from different walks of life explore music, dance, theatre, and how they can connect. In weekly sessions throughout the month of June, artists and arts lovers will participate in performing arts workshops together and study material from a show in the Musical Stage Company’s current season – this year, the world premiere of the new musical DIXON ROAD.

This year, we hope to welcome a cohort of Marquee Ensemble members who have a wide range of experience in the performing, technical, and production-based arts. We encourage applications from people who have felt previously uninvited to and unwelcome in music theatre spaces. We acknowledge that the practice of conventional musical theatre is often hostile to most cultural backgrounds, marginalized classes, abilities, identities and languages. We are looking forward to collaborating with participants to co-create a space that celebrates your lived experience, your histories, and your interests in music, dance, and theatre. We encourage people of all varying levels of experience to apply – no previous experience in the arts is necessary.

OVERVIEW

Applications for The Marquee Ensemble 2022 program are now open!

For the full Application Guidelines PDF, please click here.
To apply to The Marquee Ensemble Program, please click here to fill out the application form.

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

The Marquee Ensemble is a free multi-arts program where people from different walks of life explore music, dance, theatre, and how they can connect. In weekly sessions throughout the month of June, artists and arts lovers will participate in performing arts workshops together and study material from a show in the Musical Stage Company’s current season – this year, the world premiere of the new musical DIXON ROAD.

This year, we hope to welcome a cohort of Marquee Ensemble members who have a wide range of experience in the performing, technical, and production-based arts. We encourage applications from people who have felt previously uninvited to and unwelcome in music theatre spaces. We acknowledge that the practice of conventional musical theatre is often hostile to most cultural backgrounds, marginalized classes, abilities, identities and languages. We are looking forward to collaborating with participants to co-create a space that celebrates your lived experience, your histories, and your interests in music, dance, and theatre. We encourage people of all varying levels of experience to apply – no previous experience in the arts is necessary.

ABOUT THE MARQUEE ENSEMBLE

The Marquee Ensemble, formerly known as the MARQUEE Program, is an annual professional and community arts enrichment program offered by the Musical Stage Company. Each year, program workshops and activities are designed in alignment with a production from that year’s season with the aim of fostering new, meaningful connections to contemporary music theatre with local artists and audiences. 

2022 Marquee Ensemble members can expect to participate in weekly theatre, dance, and music workshops, group discussions, facilitated independent creation and reflection time, personal presentations from the cast and creative team of DIXON ROAD, and creative, social opportunities to connect with fellow art-lovers and theatre arts professionals.

What does The Marquee Ensemble offer?

  • A welcoming community of art-loving peers & mentors
  • 2 complimentary tickets to DIXON ROAD
  • Creative performance workshops with exciting local artists
  • TTC fare, snacks & accessibility funds will be provided

Program Schedule

This year’s program will be offered in person at the High Park Nature Centre, in both indoor and outdoors spaces, and in accordance with our COVID Health & Safety Policy. Program days are on all Sundays in June 2022 from 2 – 6 pm.

Sunday June 5, 2 – 6 PM: GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Program cohort welcome, community agreement building, and a special guided tour of High Park.

Sunday June 12, 2 – 6 PM: THEATRE
A day of workshops focusing on playwriting, music theatre dramaturgy, and a script study of Dixon Road. Option to attend a performance of Dixon Road in the evening (at 8 pm). 

Sunday June 19, 2 – 6 PM: DANCE
A day of workshops focusing on the role of dance performance and movement in music theatre, including a group dance class. 

Sunday June 26, 2 – 6 PM: MUSIC
A day of workshops focusing on collaborative music creation and performance, non-European musical knowledge systems, and a study of the music score for Dixon Road. 

Note: The program activities are subject to change. 

For any additional questions related to The Marquee Ensemble, please contact Program Manager Camila Diaz-Varela at camiladiazvarela@musicalstagecompany.com.

Application Guidelines

Applications for The Marquee Ensemble 2022 program are now open!

To apply to The Marquee Ensemble Program, please click here to fill out the application form.
There are alternative ways to apply for this program, including by phone – please contact Program Manager Camila Diaz-Varela at camiladiazvarela@musicalstagecompany.com.

Participants ages 18 and older are welcome to apply. No experience in the arts is necessary, and varying levels of experience are warmly welcomed. Limited spots are available, with priority given to applicants that are available to attend all 4 sessions (June 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th).

We encourage applications from people who have felt previously uninvited to and unwelcome in music theatre spaces. We acknowledge that the practice of conventional musical theatre is often hostile to most cultural backgrounds, marginalized classes, abilities, identities and languages. We are looking forward to collaborating with participants to co-create a space that celebrates your lived experience, your histories, and your interests in music, dance, and theatre.

Important Dates

Applications are open

  • Tuesday, April 12th, 2022

Applications close

  • Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Applicants are notified

  • Monday, May 9th, 2022

If you have any questions, would like to set up a phone interview or arrange an alternate way to complete this application, please contact Program Manager Camila Diaz-Varela at camiladiazvarela@musicalstagecompany.com.

ACCESS

Venue

The program will be offered in person at the High Park Nature Centre and in accordance with our COVID Health & Safety Policy. The High Park Nature Centre has an accessible bathroom (able to accommodate mobility devices) and a ramped entrance/exit. Program workshops will take place outside (on outdoor patios with a roof and wooden floors, and on shaded grassy areas in the surrounding park). Throughout the program day, indoor gender-free bathrooms, an indoor seating area, indoor coat room for personal items, and an indoor kitchen with a fridge and microwave are available.

Accessibility

Through the program’s accessibility fund, we are open to arranging translation services, providing childcare subsidies, and offering specific supports that would improve your participation in the program. Creating more access for The Marquee Ensemble is very important to us at The Musical Stage Company, and we are always learning how to do this better. We are open to speaking more about access needs with anyone who would like to request their own or learn more about the steps we are taking – if you’re wondering if certain services can be made available, please ask!

For ease of access, there are alternative ways to apply for this program – including by phone. If you would like to set up a phone interview or arrange an alternate way to complete this application, please let us know!

If you have any additional questions, would like to learn more about different ways we can support your accessibility needs, or would like to arrange an alternate way to complete this application, please contact Program Manager Camila Diaz-Varela at camiladiazvarela@musicalstagecompany.com.

Previous Years

MARQUEE 2021

The 2021 MARQUEE program took place over the 4 weeks of August at the High Park Nature Centre, for 21 members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, newcomers to Canada, and/or survivors of cancer, and all of their intersections.

Participants had the unique opportunity to engage in a series of workshops, panel discussions, forums and seminars, including a couple of Q&A panels hosted by BLACKOUT creative team members, Steven Gallagher (Bookwriter) and Wayne Gwillim (Music Supervisor).

All participants also received a free ticket to attend a performance of BLACKOUT.

MARQUEE 2020

The 2020 MARQUEE program took place over 5 weeks in January/February, with 5 sessions for 25 young members of the LGBTQ2S community in Toronto and surrounding areas.

Participants had the unique opportunity to engage in a series of curated seminars and workshops, including a storytelling and movement exploration seminar led by Esie Mensah, and a theatre workshop facilitated by CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Apprentice Director, Tsholo Khalema.

All participants also received a free ticket to attend a performance of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE.

MARQUEE 2019

The 2019 MARQUEE program took place over 3 weeks in April, with 3 sessions for 25 young members of the LGBTQ2S community in Toronto and surrounding areas.

Participants had the unique opportunity to engage in a series of curated seminars and workshops, including a storytelling and creative exploration seminar led by Kai Cheng Thom, and a theatre workshop facilitated by NEXT TO NORMAL Assistant Director, Sabryn Rock.

All participants also received a free ticket to attend a performance of NEXT TO NORMAL.