At Mainstage Theatre Company, we pride ourselves on the quality productions we mount and the tremendous experience we provide Toronto’s youth by working with professional theatre artists and venues. We consistently provide relevant and superior musical theatre training that expands our company members’ appreciation for the arts and broadens their understanding of the stage. But most importantly, we invite these youth to join a family in which they feel comfortable expressing themselves and where artistic collaboration is encouraged.
Mainstage Theatre Companyfocuses on mentoring youth. Through the experience of being essential members of our team, our youth grow into confident and creative members within their own circles. We understand that these productions aren’t necessarily the end of our cast members’ journey in theatre, and pride ourselves on offering guidance and preparation for those who choose to pursue future studies or work in the arts.
What makes Mainstage Theatre Company truly special is the connection each cast and production team feel as they come together to create a remarkable experience that is unique and special with each production. Our alumni have gone on to do wonderful things and, having been part of their pre-professional training, we can’t help but feel great pride in their success.
Mission and Values
Mainstage Theatre Company (MTC) provides youth, aged 11-21, with the opportunity to experience the magic of pre-professional musical theatre. Under the guidance of some of Canada’s theatre leaders - directors, choreographers and music directors, MTC mounts two full music theatre productions and offers a number of workshops and theatre events each year. These events provide youth with diverse opportunities to audition and perform, develop their artistic abilities, learn the technical aspects of theatre production, and experience the power of delivering an outstanding production to an audience. Since its inauguration in 2008, MTC has become renowned for the quality of its productions, (talented performers, beautifully designed and crafted sets and costumes) and has become a top competitor in the Toronto theatre education industry.
Our intensive actor-training program unlocks our students’ unique and creative talents, and provides the tools that aspiring young actors need to make the most of their potential. Engaging in the process of music theatre productions also helps develop personal skills and resources that have life-long benefits, such as greater self-confidence, self-discipline, effective time-management and self-awareness.
MTC’s engagement of youth in musical theatre enables them to experience the value of ‘community’, and ‘belonging’ and the satisfaction of participating in an artistic project that enhances peoples’ lives. It allows youth to explore issues in contemporary society, and to explore their own goals, aspirations and relationship to the community at large. Music theatre also brings together diverse people with widely different experiences of life and as such, facilitates the exploration of, and sharing in, Toronto’s cultural mosaic.
Lastly, MTC provides students with a creative, nurturing, joyful and inspiring experience.
Board of Directors
Jennifer McGuire, Co-President Susan Davies, Co-President Vanessa Bresee Saccha Dennis Jacques Monfiston Jay T. Schramek Matthew Vilord Pnina Alon-Shenker Genevieve Labrie