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The Importance of Sharing Stories On Mental Illness: Dr. Rosenbluth on Next to Normal

By: Michael Rosenbluth, Community Consultant for Next to Normal

Michael Rosenbluth, MD, FRCPC, is the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto Medical School. 

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Gardeners and Flowers: Nathan Carroll on Next to Normal

By: Nathan Carroll

Nearly everyone I’ve ever met knows I’m obsessed with Will & Grace.

For the better part of 20 years, I’ve watched at least one episode a day.  The characters mean so much to me that I’ve got their apartment number tattooed on my skin.

In one of my favourite episodes, ‘The Unsinkable Mommy Adler,’ Grace brings up how Will sees people:

“Will has a theory about relationships. One person is the gardener who tends, and the other person is the flower who gets tended to.”

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Musical As Immersive Ritual

By: Mitchell Cushman
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An Artist in Transition: Stephanie Graham

Join Stephanie Graham as she reflects on being an “artist in transition” and discusses her many roles within the theatre community. Stephanie recently completed her term with The Musical Stage Company as the Intern Artistic Director, shadowing Mitchell Marcus as part of Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program. Her history with us doesn’t end there – Steph has choreographed many of our productions including Fun HomeGrey Gardens and The Wild Party. Don’t miss Stephanie’s choreography for Fun Home at the CAA Theatre, on stage until May 20th!


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The Role of a Supervisor, Arranger & Orchestrator on a New Musical

By: Lynne Shankel

I got an email this spring from two lovely women who were co-producing a new show called Life After.  They were looking for a music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator and I had been recommended to them by a colleague of mine. First off, you’re probably wondering “What the heck does all that mean? Supervisor? Arranger? Orchestrator?” Welcome to my weird, wonderful world. 
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