Modern • MusicalTheatre

The Light In The Piazza (2010): Jeff Lillico and Jacquelyn French The Light In The Piazza (2010): Jeff Lillico and Jacquelyn French

Acting Up Stage produces musicals with depth, substance & does them beautifully.

Lynn Slotkin, CBC


Mitchell Marcus

Mitchell Marcus, Artistic & Managing Director

Mitchell is the founding Artistic Director of Acting Up Stage Company. Outside of Acting Up Stage, he has worked on prestigious international theatre, dance and music projects including Einstein On The Beach, 1001 Nights, Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna, Black Watch, Batsheva Dance Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theater, Mark Morris Dance Theatre and many others through his work as an Associate Producer at Luminato for six years. Mitchell produced the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and for four years, served as the Production Coordinator for the It’s Always Something Variety Show at the Princess of Wales and Elgin Theatres. Mitchell is a graduate of York University and teaches Arts Administration at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

Nathaniel Bryan

Nathaniel Bryan, Associate Producer, Audience Engagement

Nathaniel is a theatre director, arts administrator and musical theatre enthusiast based out of Toronto. As a director, his focus is on integrating music and movement into text-based work, in both new plays and in new interpretations of the classics. Having worked for Tarragon, Soulpepper, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts and Luminato (among others) he is excited to unite his love for both Toronto and musical theatre in crafting a variety of new audience interaction activities for Acting Up Stage. He is currently completing his MA in Drama with a focus on music in theatre at the University of Toronto.

Paul Beauchamp, Associate Producer, Operations

Paul is a Toronto based producer and arts administrator. He graduated from Ryerson University’s Performance Production program in 2010, and has since spent time stage managing with Mirvish Productions, Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper, and Acting Up Stage for the 2012 production of Caroline, or Change. He has also been the Production Coordinator for the Luminato Festival, and currently acts as the General Manager for the barrier-free arts-education organization The Artists Mentoring Youth Project (The AMY Project). Paul also serves on the Board of Directors for Theatre Crisis.

Ari Weinberg, Producing Assistant

Ari is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre- Performance Program, he has spent the last eight years as an actor performing all over the country. Selected credits include: Peter Pan (Stratford Festival); Romeo and Juliet (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre);  and Oliver! (Drayton Entertainment). Ari is also a certified teaching artist from the Stratford Festival and York University. He recently co-directed Sheridan College’s sold out production of Godspell and oversaw youth outreach and programming as the Discovery Coordinator at the Flato MarkhamTheatre. As a recipient of a Professional Theatre Training Program grant from Theatre Ontario, Ari assistant directed Salt Water Moon at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and was mentored by Steven Schipper in artistic direction at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Ari is currently the Internship Advisor for Sheridan’s Music Theatre- Performance Program. 

David Daniels

David Daniels, Executive Producer

David’s activities include entertainment and real estate. Producer or Executive Producer credits include The Odyssey Theatre (Los Angeles),  Showtime Networks (Los Angeles), CBC, Cineplex, Metaphor Productions, VisionTV, Chesler/Perlmutter Productions Acting Up Stage and Dreamers Renegades Visionaries (all Toronto). Palais Royale, A Promise Kept, The Fantod ,The Mystery of Irma Vep, Caroline or Change, Light in the Piazza, among others, have been nominated and/or won Gemini, Genie, Dramalogue, American Video and Dora Mavor Moore awards. He is an advisor to  Shakespearience, The Actor’s Fund , Crow’s Theatre and Solar Ship Inc. He is also a principal in Daniels Capital Group and Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building. In 2010, he received the inaugural Gilda’s Award from Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto. David lives in Toronto with his wife Kate, kids Maddie and Jasper, a dog and a fox. The fox lives in the backyard.