North Stage was created in the winter of 2020 amidst the closing of theatres, the discontinuation of signed contracts, and the sudden loss of the connection associated with creating, collaborating on, and consuming theatre. At the time, our mission was simply to create something truly good that fulfilled artists and that artistically engaged audiences. So, we decided to create a new musical version of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play which streamed across North America, featuring a diverse cast of some of Canada’s finest actors.
And now, with in-person theatre making a return, North Stage's mission has evolved and sharpened. Alongside wanting to create artistically engaging work, North Stage aims to do the following:
Promote the work of Canadian artists and produce new Canadian-created work;
Cast to reflect the mosaic of Canadian society;
Create theatre that engages all people in society. Our work aims to appeal to the overall audience - not just a particular demographic - and bring them together through a mutually enjoyable artistic experience.
Our Artistic Director
Anique Mercier is a Toronto-born performer, director and educator whose first audiences were the people who happened to be dining at local restaurants where, at the age of 3, she would belt out songs from the Little Mermaid movie. Anique received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre (Honors) from New York University (Tisch Stella Adler Studio of Acting) and followed up with a Master of Fine Arts Musical Theatre Performance in addition to a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She has performed across North America in productions such as Heathers, Peter and the Starcatcher, It’s a Wonderful Life, Journey to Oz, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Route 80 and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.