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Toronto: The Musical Stage Company announces the faculty of NoteWorthy 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
The Musical Stage Company in association with Prime Mover Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the internationally renowned faculty for NoteWorthy 2020-21! Faculty include MICHAEL R. JACKSON, STEW, KIRSTEN CHILDS, STAFFORD ARIMA with program mentorship by RAY HOGG and KEVIN WONG.
In addition to providing immeasurable knowledge and support to our NoteWorthycohort, KIRSTEN CHILDS, STAFFORD ARIMA & STEW will provide public forum discussions via zoom to ensure access to all. Each 45-minute chat will be held on Zoom and will be recorded to ensure participation is available for all who would like to join. Learn more about each faculty member and sign up for these invigorating chats below!
Offered bi-annually, NoteWorthy allows composers, lyricists, and playwrights from across Canada to build foundational skills through master classes and guided collaborative writing assignments. The program will be offered entirely online this season and made available to the largest cohort of artists ever with national representation. To help ensure that the future of musical theatre better represents a diverse range of stories and voices, the 20-2021 NoteWorthy program will exclusively support BIPOC artists from across Canada.
THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN (Obie, Kleban, Audelco, Richard Rodgers, Gilman Gonzalez-Falla awards; Rockefeller, Meet The Composer and Jonathan Larson Grants; Lortel, NAACP, Drama Desk nominations). BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE (Tale Frederick Loewe Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize Finalist, 4 Audelco Awards). FLY with Rajiv Joseph, Bill Sherman, and director Jeffrey Seller. THE EDGE OF NIGHT(Playwrights Horizons, Soundstage Podcast Series). FAMILY CHRONICLES (Vineyard Theater commission). WASHINGTON SQUARE with Ben Wexler (New Group commission with Gordon Greenberg). FUNKED UP FAIRY TALES. MIRACLE BROTHERS. LUCKY BOY (Penn State Commission. NEA, Larson grants. American Songbook series. New Electric Company). Disney’s BELIEVE and Disney’s WISHES. Guggenheim Museum Works & Process. Songwriter for Dianne Reeves (with Billy Childs).
IN CONVERSATION WITH KIRSTEN CHILDS
Join Obie Award-winning writer and composer Kirsten Childs for a discussion exploring the ins and outs of book writing for musical theatre. | Date: January 20, 2021 | Time: 10:00am EST | Length: 45 minutes | Platform: Zoom |
Stafford Arima is an international, award-winning theatre director who has worked for over 20 years in the entertainment industry. He was nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award for his direction of the musical RAGTIME, in the West End; and in 2015, Arima made history when he became the first Asian-Canadian to direct a musical on Broadway – ALLEGIANCE. He is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary in Canada. In 2018, Theatre Calgary celebrated its 50th anniversary making it one of the most recognizable cultural institutions in Canada. Arima’s current mission is to inspire and provoke audiences through ambitious programming created to ignite, local, national and international engagement.
Selected work includes: ALTAR BOYZ (received the Best Musical Outer Critics Circle Award, was nominated for a Drama Desk as Outstanding Musical, and ran over 2,000 performances Off-Broadway), CARRIE (Off-Broadway revival; nominated for 5 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical and an Outer Critics nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical; MCC Theater); THE SECRET GARDEN (David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center); TWO CLASS ACTS by A.R. Gurney (The Flea Theater); RED VELVET (The Old Globe); SATURDAY NIGHT (The York Theatre Company, NYC); THE TIN PIN ALLEY RAG (nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, Roundabout Theatre Company); Candide (San Francisco Symphony); JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS (Stratford Festival); A TRIBUTE TO SONDHEIM (Boston Pops); MARRY ME A LITTLE (Cincinnati Playhouse); GUYS AND DOLLS (Paper Mill Playhouse); and ABYSSINIA (Goodspeed Musicals). Arima was the associate director for the Broadway productions of Seussical and A Class Act. He graduated from York University (Canada), where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Prize for Excellence in Creative Work. He serves as Artistic Advisor for Broadway Dreams, is an Adjunct Professor at UC Davis, and a proud member of SDC and CAEA.