About Gracing The Stage

January 7th, 2018

Gracing the Stage originated as a weekly emailed update, with picks and concise listings of theatre, dance, comedy, film, and music events occurring in Toronto, Canada. Written by Steve Fisher from 2002 to 2010, the email edition had over 1,200 members subscribed, and had passed 300 editions, when Steve was hired in April 2010 to write Urban Planner listings at the online daily Torontoist, and gracingthestage was archived.

As of 2018, this website is being repurposed as a repository for Steve’s writing for other outlets, an occasional blog platform, and as a host site for the new theatre criticism podcast Slotkin And Fisher At The Theatre, Hosted By Tom McGee.

Steve Fisher. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Winner of the 2016 Nathan Cohen Award for excellence in theatre criticism in the short form category, and a 2015 National Magazine Award nominee for his arts and culture coverage with Torontoist, Steve has been covering arts and entertainment in Toronto (and Canada) for over fifteen years. He is the top all time contributor at Torontoist, having written more than 1,200 posts in various capacities, including Contributing Editor, Listings Editor, and Urban Planner. Other outlets he has contributed to include Now Magazine, Post City, The AV Club, and CBC Music.

Originally from Ottawa, where he studied Drama at Canterbury High School For the Arts (and played on the national medal winning improv team), Steve holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Theatre (and a Diploma in Acting) from Ryerson University. When not seeing shows 5-6 times a week, Steve also works as a Training Coordinator at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship YORK, home of Toronto’s Naval Reserve unit; as a boatswain in the Royal Canadian Navy, he has been commended and decorated.

You can find Steve on Twitter at @gracingthestage, and reach him by email via SteveATgracingthestageDOTca.

Colin Greenway, original website designer for Gracing The Stage.

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