Acting Up Stage is making a huge impact on youth in the city.
Our free musical theatre training program, One Song Glory, is offered to 45 young people from diverse backgrounds and communities across Ontario each year. These 13-19 year olds come together to train under the guidance of Toronto’s top musical theatre professionals in a positive and encouraging environment. We are proud to report that, to date, over 400 young people from across the province have completed One Song Glory, without cost to any of the participants.
As well, thanks to the support of TD Bank Group, we offer subsidized student tickets to all performances as well as special student matinees for secondary and post-secondary schools, allowing educators to use our productions to spark discussion about the social and political histories and themes addressed. Each student matinee ends with a Post-Show Chat hosted by community experts and members of the cast. As well, teachers are sent copies of our study guide, offering information, activities and lesson plans to enhance the theatre going experience for students.
For more information on our student matinee program, contact: Mitchell Marcus, Artistic & Managing Director at 416-927-7880 ext 222
RBC Apprentice Program
The RBC Apprentice Program offers four post-secondary artists one year of mentorship with Acting Up Stage Company, learning from our local and visiting artists and receiving substantial showcase opportunities to help build the foundation for their careers. Our RBC Apprentice Program is made up of the winners of The Banks Prize (a cash award given to two emerging artists each year) and the emerging artists who appear in our Musical Productions.
Audience Engagement Activities
Acting Up Stage Company is dedicated to continuing the conversation outside the performance with some exciting activities and opportunities for our audiences. Beginning in the theatre, we offer FREE Art-Making Workshops with our creative team on each production, where audience members are able to join in the singing and dancing of each show. We also offer our highly enjoyable Pre-Show chat series taking place 45 minutes before each performance, where audiences can enjoy some light refreshments while engaging in relevant discussions with local experts.