Who We Are

Melissa-Jane Shaw: Artistic Producer

MJ is a theatre director, choreographer, actor and entrepreneur. She has been nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Best Ensemble Performance, one BroadwayWorld Toronto nomination for Best Female Lead and two BroadwayWorld Toronto nominations for Best Original Choreography.

MJ has choreographed and/or directed 25 musicals, including Crazy For You & City of Angels (Theatre By The Bay), 35MM (Great Hall w/Theatre 20), Rocky Horror (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Blood Brothers, Little Shop, Full Monty, A Chorus Line, Cabaret (Rose Theatre Brampton). She has choreographed the musical movie Country Crush and various episodes of Baroness Von Sketch and Stanley Dynamic. MJ has co-created two original shows with the UofT/Sheridan College TDS program (Hazel McCallion Musical & How To Make Love in A Canoe) and is now part-time faculty there. She is currently co-developing an original musical WENDY, DARLING.

In addition to acting in numerous stage shows across Canada and in the US, you can see her as Melanie on the medical drama, Hard Rock Medical amidst others. Fave random film/TV credits include ‘dance expert’ appearances on Dr.OZ, improvising for two seasons on the Howie Mandel show This Is Howie Do It (Global/NBC) and hosting 2 seasons of What’s Cooking (W Network). She the founder of Seventh Stage Theatre, co-founder of LaRouge Entertainment and founder of Dynamic Fitness & Retreats, which is launching FITPOP this Fall, a new dance fitness program that brings out everyone’s inner dancer.

Board of Directors:

Leah Eichler

Tess McLean

Nicole North

Karim Kanji

Artistic Associates:

Kelly Straughan: Executive Director of Workman Arts

Rosa Laborde: Writer, Actor and Theatre Director

Past producing interns from our emerging leaders program:

Briana Brown

Sophia Fabilli

Hallie Seline

Jennifer DeLucia

Brittany Kay

Meaghan Hoople

Nicole Lynx

Amanda Ballard

Company contributors and past board members:

Karim Kanji, Meg Sethi, Alyssa Huggins, Dawn Whiteman, Rachel Blair, Rosemary Dunsmore, Debra Goldblatt, Amanda Quinn, Stephania Varalli, Kelsey Matheson, Katherine East and Karen Gilodo.