Acting Up Stage produces musicals with depth, substance & does them beautifully.
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.
Paul Beauchamp, Producer & Operations Manager
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, Associate Producer for the Ryerson Theatre School’s fundraiser, Music of the Night: A Tribute to Colm Wilkinson 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.
Deniz Kepenek, Audience Relationship Manager
Deniz is an arts administrator specializing in marketing and communications for the performing arts. She has recently moved to Toronto from Montreal. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, she graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in Marketing Communications. While in school, she held part-time arts administration positions in marketing and sales, publicity, development, and front-of-house management at various theatre companies in Boston. After her studies, she moved to Montreal and spent time working for Quebec’s English-language theatre service organization: Quebec Drama Federation. Today she is also helping with the communications efforts of an up-and-coming Montreal theatre company called Beautiful City Theatre.
Ari Weinberg, Metcalf Foundation Intern Artistic Director
Since graduating from Sheridan College’s Music Theatre- Performance Program, Ari has spent the last eight years as an actor performing all over the country (credits include The Stratford Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Drayton Entertainment). Ari is also a certified teaching artist from the Stratford Festival and York University. He recently directed Hugh and I at the Toronto Fringe, co-directed Sheridan College’s sold out production of Godspell and oversaw youth outreach and programming as the Discovery Coordinator at the Flato Markham Theatre. 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. Ari would like to extend his sincerest thanks to the Metcalf Foundation for this incredible opportunity!
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.