MITCHELL MARCUS Honoured with 2017 Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award
Sandy Tulloch, Leonard McHardy, Mitchell Marcus and John Harvey at the Dora Nominee Press Conference
Toronto (May 30, 2017) – The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award (LMJH Award) was inaugurated in 2008 and recognizes the important work of theatre, dance and opera administrators. Recipients of the LMJH Award have at least 10 years of demonstrated commitment to the performing arts, in addition to having made an impact on the industry in Toronto. The award is named after Leonard McHardy and John Harvey, the celebrated former owners of Toronto’s Theatrebooks, which they co-founded in 1975. Until its closure in July of 2014, it stood as one of the longest surviving independent bookstores in the country.
The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced today that this year’s recipient is the theatrical visionary, arts producer and administrator Mitchell Marcus, one of Toronto’s foremost cultural leaders and Artistic and Managing Director of The Musical Stage Company (until recently known as Acting Up Stage Company). For more than a decade, Mitchell Marcus has proven his exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment to Toronto’s arts and culture landscape in a myriad of artistic, management and mentoring positions, making abundant and significant contributions.
In 2004, Mitchell founded The Musical Stage Company. For the past 13 years, he has strategically balanced programming fundraising, production and administration to create a respected and thriving arts organization that has produced a highly respected body of work. Under his watch, the company has earned 10 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and 10 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards, as well as mentoring young producers and artistic directors along the way. Additionally, The Musical Stage Company presents a full complement of developmental and educational programming. And as an Associate Producer for the inaugural six years of Luminato, he helped establish one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America.
Unwaveringly committed to the performing arts, his generosity of spirit and passion for collaboration is reflected in his achievements as an organizational builder. He is a trusted advisor to organizations such as the Metcalf Foundation’s Creative Strategies Incubator program (since 2012), the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective (since 2014), Sheridan College’s Performing Arts Committee (since 2010), and the Dora Mavor Moore Award Eligibility Committee (since 2012).
Mitchell’s gifted leadership is further exemplified through his deep commitment to community initiatives. As an educator and mentor, he has held positions in the arts management departments at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Ryerson University, inspiring up and coming future cultural leaders. And he has twice been the Creative Producer for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize as well as the producer for four years of It’s Always Something, working with a team that raised over $500,000 annually for Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto.
The previous winners of the LMJH Award are Nancy Webster, Sue Edworthy, Meredith Potter, Paul Templin, Leslie Lester, Ghislain Caron, Natasha Parsons, Naomi Campbell and Jim Lefrancois. The LMJH Award is administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA). Candidates for the LMJH Award are nominated by TAPA members and then reviewed by a committee. The LMJH Selection Committee is Sandy Tulloch (Chair), Ghislain Caron, Derrick Chua, and Leonard McHardy. The award winner receives a plaque and a cheque for $1,000 through the generous sponsorship of the late Elizabeth Comper.
About the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award
The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award (LMJH Award) is an annual award that recognizes the important work of theatre, dance and opera administrators. Recipients of the LMJH Award have at least 10 years of demonstrated commitment to the performing arts, in addition to having made an impact on the industry in Toronto.
The Award is named after Leonard McHardy and John Harvey, the celebrated owners of Toronto’s Theatrebooks which they co-founded over 35 years ago in 1975. The award winner receives a plaque and a cheque for $1,000 through the generous sponsorship of Elizabeth Comper's, who passed away in June 2014. In naming the award after Leonard McHardy and John Harvey, Ms Comper noted, “Leonard and John are role models in their support of the arts and in particular the theatre community. I wanted them to be recognized for everything they do and for everything they stand for.”
The winner will be chosen by the Selection Committee from nominations received from the TAPA membership.
Deadline for nominations: April 16. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Individuals eligible for the LMJH award must have demonstrated a minimum 10 year commitment and impact to Toronto’s theatre, dance and opera community.
In order to nominate an individual for the LMJHAward, please supply the following information:
- Nominator’s Name, Title, Company, Phone and Email Address
- Nominee's Name, Phone/ Email
- Nominee’s Bio
- Headshot or Photograph of the Nominee (if possible)
- Cover Letter (Why you feel that the nominee should be awarded the LMJH Award, up to 2 pages)
- Letters/Paragraphs in support of the nominee (up to 3 pages)