MARQUEE

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MARQUEE

MARQUEE is a free performing arts program that aims to enrich the lives of people connected to the themes, stories and songs of the musical BLACKOUT. 

We are seeking members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, newcomers to Canada, and/or survivors of cancer, and all of their intersections to participate in this year’s program. Participants ages 16+ are welcome to apply, and no previous experience in the arts is necessary! There are limited spots available. 

MARQUEE is brought to you by The Musical Stage Company, Canada’s leading charitable musical theatre organization, and TD Bank Group.

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MARQUEE

MARQUEE is a free performing arts program that aims to enrich the lives of people connected to the themes, stories and songs of the musical BLACKOUT. 

We are seeking members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, newcomers to Canada, and/or survivors of cancer, and all of their intersections to participate in this year’s program. Participants ages 16+ are welcome to apply, and no previous experience in the arts is necessary! There are limited spots available. 

MARQUEE is brought to you by The Musical Stage Company, Canada’s leading charitable musical theatre organization, and TD Bank Group.

What does MARQUEE offer?

MARQUEE offers a community of art-loving people a chance to connect with the performing arts in new ways, participate in art-making workshops with top Toronto artists, TTC fare and snacks, as well as an opportunity to make and discuss art in an affirming space.

Each year, MARQUEE workshops and activities are designed in alignment with that year’s production. Inspired by this year’s production of BLACKOUT, we encourage members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, newcomers to Canada, and/or survivors of cancer, and all of their intersections to apply for the program. These intersections may include: those who are Two-Spirit, transgender, non-binary, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, people with mental illness, people with chronic illness, neurodiverse folks, people of all abilities, and/or have experiences of houselessness.

Participants can expect performing arts workshops, panel discussions, facilitated independent creation time, an opportunity to connect with fellow art-lovers and theatre professionals, personal presentations from the cast and creative team of BLACKOUT, and more!

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 evolving COVID guidelines. For further health and accessibility information, please contact Program Manager Camila Diaz-Varela at camiladiazvarela@musicalstagecompany.com

What does MARQUEE offer?

  • A great community of art-loving peers and mentors
  • A free ticket for you to see BLACKOUT
  • Creative performance workshops with exciting Toronto artists
  • TTC tokens and snacks provided at all MARQUEE activities

2021 Dates

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 evolving COVID guidelines. For further health and accessibility information, please contact Program Manager Camila Diaz-Varela at camiladiazvarela@musicalstagecompany.com.

Note: Priority will be given to applicants who are available to attend all four sessions.

  • Sunday, August 8, 11 AM – 3 PM: GUIDING STARS
    Meet-and-greet with the creative team of BLACKOUT, a movement workshop, and a special guided tour of High Park.
  • Sunday, August 15, 11 AM – 3 PM: BLACKOUT
    A performance of BLACKOUT, followed by a panel discussion on the role of the arts in times of crisis.
  • Sunday, August 22, 11 AM – 3 PM: INTO THAT DARKEST NIGHT
    A day of workshops focusing on solo performance techniques, with opportunities for independent creation and sharing.
  • Sunday, August 29, 11 AM – 3 PM: CITY SUNRISE
    A day of workshops focusing on collaborative performance creation, with opportunities for creation in small groups and sharing.

Applications to the 2021 MARQUEE program are still open. For more information on how to apply, see the Application Process tab.

How to Apply

Applications for MARQUEE 2021 are now open!

To apply, please click here to access the MARQUEE application form.

We encourage members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, newcomers to Canada, and/or survivors of cancer, and all of their intersections to apply for the program. These intersections may include: those who are Two-Spirit, transgender, non-binary, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, people with mental illness, people with chronic illness, neurodiverse folks, people of all abilities, and/or have experiences of houselessness.

Participants age 16+ are welcome to apply, and no previous experience in the arts is necessary! There are limited spots available.

Applications to the 2021 MARQUEE program are still open.

Note: Priority will be given to applicants who are available to attend all four sessions (August 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2021).

If you have any questions, or if you require an alternate way to complete this application, please contact Program Manager Camila Diaz-Varela at camiladiazvarela@musicalstagecompany.com.

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.