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.

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.


Carly Maga, Audience Relationship Manager

Carly Maga is a marketing specialist, focusing in social media and online audience engagement, with experience in the publishing, corporate, broadcast, and performing arts industries. After graduating from Ryerson University’s Journalism program in 2010, Carly has developed campaigns with Our Kids Media, BMO, Coca-Cola, Bell Media, and the Luminato Festival. Carly is also an accomplished theatre critic and freelance arts journalist in Toronto, as a staff writer for and several publications in The Grid, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Hazlitt and Yahoo! Canada. She is a member of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association, and has completed two Young Critics Seminars with the International Association of Theatre Critics in Bucharest, Romania and Beijing, China.

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!

Robert McQueen

Robert McQueen, Director, New Musical Development

Director, teacher and dramaturge, Robert McQueen has worked across Canada, the US and internationally. For Acting Up Stage Company he has directed productions of The Light In The Piazza, Caroline, or Change, Falsettos, and the upcoming The Wild Party. His other recent credits include Man of La Mancha for the Stratford Festival, Where Elephants Weep at the Chenla Theatre Phnom Penh, and Carousel for the Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo. Robert has worked on the development of new musicals and opera in both Canada and the US for companies that include Vancouver Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, the In Tunes Theatre Conference, Vancouver, CAP21, New York, The O’Neill Centre, Connecticut and internationally with the NGO Cambodian Living Arts in Phnom Penh.

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.