Noteworthy alum Kevin Wong at the piano.


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:

1. Matching

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.

2. Commissioning

We contribute seed funding to exciting original ideas that emerge both from within our “Matching Program” and from unsolicited submissions that we receive.

3. Development

We provide artistic and financial developmental support to a small portfolio of projects that we commission including readings and workshops.

4. Production

We produce original Canadian musicals on our Mainstage and seek out programming both from within and outside of NoteWorthy.

5. Dissemination

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.

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Submissions now open for NoteWorthy 2015/2016.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 9, 2015 (5:00pm)
Please email submissions to: [email protected] with “NoteWorthy” in the subject line.

Program Dates: December 3-16, 2015 (Daily, except December 9 and 14)

Acting Up Stage Company is seeking submissions from established Canadian playwrights, composers and lyricists for our NoteWorthy program. Round-trip transportation will be provided for participants from outside of Toronto. We are specifically looking for artists who are interested in creating new musicals and are open to collaborations with others.

NoteWorthy Submissions MUST include:

  • Resume
  • A one-page (maximum) letter of interest that addresses:
    • What area of musical theatre do you write (book / book & lyrics / music / music & lyrics / lyrics only)?
    • Why is NoteWorthy a fit for you based on your history and aspiration in musical theatre writing?
  • Work Samples:
    • Playwrights: A five-page excerpt of one play that has been produced at the professional level
    • Composers: Two samples (mp3, mp4 attached to your emailed submission) of music that you’ve composed (songs with lyrics are preferable over instrumentals)
    • Lyricists: Two samples of lyrics that you have written

(If you fall into more than one category – e.g. composer/lyricists – please fulfill the submission requirements for both roles.)

Click here for more information on applying to the NoteWorthy program.


Alumni of NoteWorthy include:



Liza Balkan
Anna Chatterton
Chris Craddock
Sara Farb
Steven Gallagher
Andrew Kushnir
Rosa Laborde
Matt Murray
Alex Poch-Goldin
Tracey Power
Erin Shields
Julie Tepperman


Colleen Dauncey
Dorothy Dittrich
Zachary Florence
Bram Gielen
Reza Jacobs
Britta Johnson
Bryce Kulak
Yan Li
Dustin Peters
Akiva Romer-Segal
Adam Sakiyama
Kevin Wong

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