Tag: Mitchell Marcus


Hey, Mr. Producer, I’m talking to you, Sir!

This morning I sat down at my computer around 7:00am and devoted the morning to reviewing headshots and resumes. We have two shows that we are casting in December and we start booking people into auditions tomorrow for one of the projects. More


Why I programmed Grey Gardens

Now that UnCovered has come to an end, we are turning our attention to our next production – the Toronto premiere of Grey Gardens.

Plans for Grey Gardens have been in the works for nearly a year already and so it’s a great delight (and relief) that we can let the cat out of the bag officially.

While the 1976 documentary following two women living in squalor may not instinctively seem like the stuff that musicals are made of, I have been thoroughly fascinated with the Grey Gardens musical since it premiered in New York in 2006 and I’m thrilled that we can finally bring it to the stage in Toronto with an all Canadian cast.

So why now? More


The Worst Part of My Job

I was thinking recently about my least favourite part of my job. While fundraising and financial audits are close runners-up, I think the thing that I have to do most often that I least enjoy is rejecting people. More


An Evening with the NoteWorthy Program

Many people know Acting Up Stage from the musical productions we stage every year – which is something we happen to enjoy very much. But another part of what we do at Acting Up Stage goes beyond promoting the art of musical theatre as it is today, and instead looks at the musical theatre creators of the future – especially those in Canada. It’s a void we’ve noticed in today’s artistic landscape, and one we’re very excited to help fill.

Our major initiative in this area is our annual NoteWorthy program, which has taught and trained 25 emerging composers and lyricists/book writers from across the country in its history. The focus of NoteWorthy is to allow possible partnerships to form between composers and lyricists, or as Mitchell Marcus explained to a crowd of Acting Up Stage friends and supporters on Monday, June 1, “for Rodgers to find his Hammerstein.” More


What is an actor worth?

What is an actor worth?

If a production can’t make enough money to pay its actors and cover its costs, is it okay to not pay people? Should an actor have the right to choose to work for free? More