Announcing MARQUEE:

A free musical theatre and creative storytelling program for LGBTQ2S youth in Toronto

What is MARQUEE?
MARQUEE is a free arts program that seeks to empower LGBTQ2S youth in Toronto by connecting them to the stories and songs of musicals – this year, the rock Next to Normal.

About Next to Normal:
Winner of three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal is an American rock musical that explores a suburban household affected by mental illness. With a gripping story and a surging contemporary rock score, Next to Normal is a raw depiction of a family in crisis trying to overcome the past.  

What does MARQUEE offer?
- A great community of art-loving LGBTQ2S peers and mentors
- A free ticket for you and a guest to see the musical Next to Normal
- Creative storytelling and theatre workshops with top Toronto artists
– TTC tokens and snacks provided at all MARQUEE activities
– An opportunity to make art and make new friends in an affirming space!


Thursday April 25 | Creative storytelling workshop
Led by acclaimed writer and performer Kai Cheng Thom, this workshop will explore how to bring your ideas and experiences to life through storytelling and performance.

Thursday May 9 | Theatre workshop
An exclusive evening with select members of the Next to Normal cast and crew, including a shared dinner and facilitated theatre workshop.

Saturday May 18 | Next to Normal outing
See the musical Next to Normal at CAA Theatre! This evening will include a Q&A with members from the cast and crew, and a post-show reception with the MARQUEE cohort and mentors at Glad Day Bookshop.

How to apply to MARQUEE:
MARQUEE is open to anyone aged 16 – 29 who identifies as LGBTQ2S. No previous experience in the arts is necessary! There are limited spots. We particularly encourage applications from LGBTQ2S folks with diverse experiences, particularly those who are: Two-Spirit, transgender, non-binary, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, people with disabilities, living with mental illness, and/or have experiences of homelessness.

To apply, please complete the application form at: by Friday March 22 at midnight. All applicants will be notified of application results by Friday April 5.
Note: priority will be given to applicants who are available to attend all three sessions.
If you have any questions, or if you require an alternate way to complete this application, please contact

Next to Normal


MARQUEE is brought to you by The Musical Stage Company and TD, in partnership with The AMY Project (Artists Mentoring Youth).