Tag: Ari Weinberg


My first trip to Winnipeg as an incoming Artistic Director

So, I went and spent some time in Winnipeg.

“The Winnipeg Whirlwind” as I took to calling it was a crash course of meetings with board members, current staff members, community partners, donors, sponsors, supporters, actors, music directors, choreographers, designers, playwrights and other people who are in some way affiliated or have any kind of interest in the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre.

In 18 days I’m going to officially become WJT’s Artistic Director; a dream come true. And while it’s definitely going to be hard to leave my family, friends and colleagues in Toronto, I can’t imagine a more welcoming community than Winnipeg – it truly is the friendly province. More


The Show That Changed My Life

March 27th was World Theatre Day. So I spent a lot of time reflecting on meaningful theatre experiences, performances I’ve attended and shows I’ve been in. One particular production came to mind, that was particularly life changing:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Yes, Lord Lloyd Weber’s poppy biblical tale was a pretty life changing experience. More


My Wild Party Experience in New York City

Unionville High School had a tradition – every year the Grade 10 Drama Students would go on a trip New York City in May. So, in early May of 2000, I boarded the bus to the Big Apple.

We departed early Monday morning and pulled up to the Skyline Hotel at West 49th St and 10th Ave. around 7 p.m.; it was four students to a room. We spent that first night wandering around Times Square; candy stores, Toys-R-Us and neon lights. I don’t really remember what we did during the days (Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum, Harlem… it’s all kind of a blur) because the real reason I went on the trip was to go see Broadway musicals. More


Spread A Little Joy was a huge success!

This year’s Banks Prize winners finally took to the Berkeley Street Theatre stage to show off the reasons Acting Up Stage chose them as two up and coming musical theatre performers to watch. In Spread A Little Joy, directed by Ari Weinberg and music directed by Adam White, Alessia Lupiano and Graham Scott Fleming showed off their skills with a challenging set of 12 musical theatre songs and one encore (that would sound familiar to you, if you were at the past UnCovered concert!). It was a huge success, and Acting Up Stage couldn’t be prouder of these two stars. Check out the night in the pictures and tracklist below! More


Banks Prize winners prepare for Spread A Little Joy

We should all be so lucky as to have Alessia Lupiano and Graham Scott Fleming in Toronto, if not for their astounding musical theatre talent but for their optimism and bright demeanor. Spread A Little Joy is the name of their upcoming cabaret, with director Ari Weinberg and musical director Adam White, this Sunday, March 1 at 8 p.m. Produced by Acting Up Stage Company to showcase this year’s Banks Prize winners, Lupiano and Fleming will do just that with their curated evening of songs and stories. More