One of Toronto’s leading theatre companies.
Acting Up Stage Company is one of the few organizations in Canada committed to developing new Canadian musicals.
NoteWorthy unites Canadian playwrights and composers, gives them a creative environment in which to collaborate and experiment, invests in their ideas through small commissions, and ultimately shepherds work from development to full production in one of our seasons. We are committed to developing new musical works that meet our mandate and investing in artists who can help us fulfill this vision.
Our work in NoteWorthy spans five types of activities:
Annually, in partnership with April 30th Entertainment, we match composers, lyricists and playwrights to explore artistic collaboration in an intensive two week writing laboratory. Experts in musical composition, lyric and book writing are brought in to work with the participants who generate 10-minute musical works with different collaborators. This training program is offered to Canadian artists annually through a national call-for-submissions.
We contribute seed funding to exciting original ideas that emerge both from within our “Matching Program” and from unsolicited submissions that we receive.
We provide artistic and financial developmental support to a small portfolio of projects that we commission including readings and workshops.
We produce original Canadian musicals on our Mainstage and seek out programming both from within and outside of NoteWorthy.
Through our relationships with other musical theatre companies across Canada and internationally, we arrange commissioning and developmental partnerships as well as touring and licensing opportunities for the original Canadian musicals with which we are involved.
Alumni of NoteWorthy include:
- Anna Chatterton
- Colleen Dauncey