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Emerging Artists

AGES 19-35

Our Emerging Artists Program invites participants who are studying or have recently graduated from a performing arts training program, to further develop their skills under the mentorship of experienced industry professionals.  Participants in the program could intern all aspects of a musical theatre production, including performance, stage and production management, design and directing, budgeting, marketing, and promotion.  The program will also encourage exploration of new repertoire for musical theatre through table reads, workshops, and developmental projects. 

This program is a Canadian-funded program for the promotion and advancement of young Canadian artists and appropriate for participants in post-secondary fine arts education, or those who are launching careers in theatre performance or production.

Summer 2022 >

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

By W. A. Mozart

July 23 - August 14, 2022

Auditions June 11 + 12, 2022

 

One of Mozart’s most famous operas, The Marriage of Figaro follows Figaro and Susanna, a servant and maid whose plans to be married are endangered by their master, Count Almaviva, and his attraction to Susanna. With the help of Countess Almaviva and Cherubino the page boy, Figaro and Susanna scheme to expose Count Almaviva’s infidelity to the Countess and distract him from obstructing their marriage. However, the Count’s own plans and the vendettas of Figaro’s adversaries threaten the couple’s chances at a happy ending.

Piece of Mind by Colleen Taffe

The Piece of Mind Workshop will run from

May 29th to June 5th, 2022

Final Presentation will take place on Sunday June 5th, 2022

Now Casting (April 27-May 13)

CASTING INFORMATION

we are still accepting submissions

Casting - disregard the age categories and gender suggestions at this point

Piece of Mind is a thought-provoking performance brilliantly written and directed by playwright and Mental Health and Addiction Specialist Colleen Taffe. It inspires audiences to be challenged by the unforeseen world of mental illness and its damaging effects of stigma, quite tangible in the black community. The play follows the life of Joshua Williams, a young black man who is living the quintessential life as a wonderful family man. He is newly engaged to the love of his life and is well on his way to the top of his profession. Joshua is a man of great faith. But his faith is tested when a devastating tragedy transpired as his once "normal" life causes him to question his own reality. In Joshua's desperate attempt to hang on to fragments of truth, he slowly begins to lose pieces of his own mind. This production taps into man's aptitude for resilience and determination while demonstrating the courage and faith to survive and overcome the traumas of one's life. Piece of Mind invites audiences to be inspired and engaged in a journey of hope & healing, recovery and PEACE of mind. 

The workshop will culminate in a table read.  

DATE: SUNDAY JUNE 5, 2022, 4 PM

LOCATION: TBA

TICKETS: $20 in advance, $30 at the door

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COLLEEN TAFFE

Playwright

Writer. Playwright. Director. Producer.

A promoter of therapeutic theatre, Colleen Taffe is a uniter, healer, crafter of words, and community whisperer graced with deep experience across mental health and addiction services, professional support training, creative and theatrical production, church leadership, and community service. 

Colleen’s infectious blend of joy, pragmatism, empathy, and fire imbues her work with powerful connection and personal resonance captivating diverse audiences. Her work blends the power of entertainment, therapy, and education providing unique, engaging pathways into the recovery and wellness we desire, but often avoid. Colleen breaks the seal on subtle personal, professional, and cultural taboos that limit healing and joy, opening abundant avenues for participants and audiences to connect with wellness and peace of mind. Part chameleon, part storyteller, part lioness, Colleen Taffe shepherds organizations and individuals to a greater sense of connectedness, commonality, stability, and belonging.

NICOLE BROOKS

Script Dramaturg

Nicole Brooks, a multifaceted artist, has devoted over 20 years producing innovative content that illuminates the peoples of the African Diaspora.  Her extensive accomplishments include: filmmaker, director, performer, singer, playwright, composer, curator, teacher, healer and ‘art-ivist’.  

Brooks established a reputable career with hundreds of hours of content in film & television as a producer, director, writer and story editor, having her work broadcasted on Canadian platforms such as CBC, OMNI, Bravo!Fact, VisionTV, and TVOne, and at festival screenings around the world. In 2012, Brooks added playwright to her list of talents. Her debut theatrical work, Obeah Opera - which she wrote, composed and performed in - has been staged in various incarnations at festivals, workshop productions, and commissioned presentations in Toronto between 2009 and 2019. Supported by several municipal, provincial and federal arts grants, including the prestigious Canada 150 Grant and the National Creation Grant, Obeah Opera has garnered multiple DORA nominations, including Outstanding New Musical/Opera, Outstanding Choreography, and Outstanding Feature Performance. Obeah Opera's most recent commissions include the Pan Am/Parapan Games in 2015 and the Luminato Festival in Toronto in 2019. Obeah Opera's roster of accolades continued as an official Festival Selection of the 2020 National Alliance of Musical Theatre's  Festival of New Musicals in New York.  Within that same year, Brooks was also selected as one of the participants of Noteworthy - a program spearheaded by Musical Stage and Prime Mover . In 2021, Brooks is proud to be a nominee of the prestigious Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize and is more than and is more than elated to be an artist in residence with Canadian Stage for the next two years with the support of the OAC and CCA working on her new large scale musical work entitled The Sweetest Sounds.

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MARK CASSIUS

Music Dramaturg/Music Director

Mark Cassius made his Broadway debut in the revival of Shenandoah in 1989. He was an original cast member in the World Premier of Ragtime (1996) in Toronto. Ragtime took him to Broadway for a 2nd time in 1998. The 3rd time’s a charm and he was on Broadway again in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2012. That production came out of his 2nd season at The Stratford Festival of Canada in 2011.

 

In his first season, 2007, his performance as “Mr. Magix” in My One and Only won him critical acclaim. Mark Cassius was a cast member of many of Canada’s Mega-Musicals in the 1990s, such as Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with Donny Osmond), Miss Saigon, and Showboat. Regionally, he enjoys performing in shows for D2 Entertainment - Hollywood Sings, A Starbright Christmas. And always feels at home in front of Drayton Entertainment audiences, - Damn Yankees, The Little mermaid, Sweet Charity, Dance Legends. One of the few times doing theatre in Toronto in the past decade, he received a Broadway World, “Best Actor” nomination, for his role in The Musical of Musicals (The Musical). From 1997 – 2005, he was a member of world-renowned acapella group, The Nylons, touring with them extensively. He has been a Kiwanis Musical Festival adjudicator, is a wildly sought after vocal coach, has taught at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts and continues to mentor and support young performers. Presently completing a Masters in Music Composition at York University, Mark is passionately invested in and dedicated to the creation and survival of Art.                            

Follow him on Facebook and Instagram @TheMarkCassius