About
About Marquis Entertainment

Marquis Entertainment has established itself as a leader in the international theatre industry with a focus on Licensing, Producing and General Managing plays/productions for both national and international markets such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, France, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

Co-Founded in 1996 by Judy Richardson and Robert Richardson, and joined by Colin Rivers in 2002, Marquis Entertainment was launched with the intention to represent and produce select Canadian theatrical plays/productions in order to foster national and international growth for these properties on a commercial level.

Since its inception, Marquis Entertainment has grown into a full service operation that also produces/general manages theatrical productions and live events on behalf of organizations that do not have the infrastructure or the expertise to do so themselves. Through this, the company provides much needed guidance in an industry often characterized by instability and uncertainty.

Marquis Entertainment is associated with a diverse roster of associate artistic and production personnel who provide services in technical management, marketing, publicity, graphic design, and group sales.

To this day, Marquis Entertainment is highly regarded by industry leaders and continues to receive referrals from companies both in Canada and around the globe. In an industry ruled by short-term contracts, Marquis Entertainment has had numerous clients stay with the company for many years through multiple projects.

Marquis Entertainment is proud of its longstanding associations with Mirvish Productions, Broadway Across America/Live Nation Canada, Ross Petty Productions, Just for Laughs, Shochiku Co. Ltd. (Japan), Backrow Productions (UK), Granada (Australia), Burberry Productions (Australia), Dainty Productions (Australia), The Touring Consortium (UK), Flying Music Co. (UK), Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Constellations Brands, Toronto International Film Festival, CBC, CHUM/CITY-TV, Star TV, Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver), Laguna Playhouse, Hartford Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Centre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and dozens of other major regional theatres throughout the United States and Canada.

Management Team

Robert Richardson, President (Producer/Agent)

Robert Richardson started with the company in 1996 and became President in 1999.

 


Colin Rivers, Vice President (Producer/Agent)

Colin Rivers started with the company in 2002 and became Vice President in 2008.

Theatrical Producing and General Management

Select Theatrical Producing Credits include:

  • 2 Pianos, 4 Hands in Toronto (w/ Mirvish Productions), NAC, Tokyo (w/ Shochiku Co. Ltd., 2004, 2012), Hong Kong (w/ The Hong Kong Arts Festival), Australia, throughout the USA and Canada at major regional theatres
  • The Railway Children (w/ Mirvish Productions and The Touring Consortium)
  • Shakespeare's Will in Canada (w/ The Stratford Theatre Festival of Canada and The Globe Theatre in Regina, SK)
  • Jacob Two-Two meets the Hooded Fang reading by Andrea Martin (w/ The Stratford Festival of Canada and TD Canadian Children's Book Week, Toronto and Ottawa)
  • Adventures of A Black Girl in Search of God (w/ Mirvish Productions)
  • A Couple of Blaguards (w/ Mirvish Productions)
  • Fully Committed (with Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver and Just for Laughs, Montreal);
  • Mom's the Word (w/ The Grand Theatre, London, ON and Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg, WB)
  • Hockey Mom Hockey Dad (Canadian Tour)
  • Sibs (Ontario tour)
  • Upcoming:

    • 2 Pianos 4 Hands in Vancouver at The Arts Club Theatre Company (Stanley Alliance Theatre) - March - April of 2013
    • Shakespeare's Will in the US - premiering at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell, MA)
    • Mom's the Word (w/ The Grand Theatre, London)
    • Select General Management credits include:

      • Ross Petty Productions' The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, Cinderella, and Peter Pan(Toronto Elgin Theatre)
      • Ross Petty Productions' Aladdin (Toronto Elgin Theatre / Canadian Tour with Live Nation Canada/Broadway Across America)
      • The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead (Stratford Festival of Canada, the Vancouver Playhouse and the Grand Theatre of London, Ontario)
      • The Rat Pack (Mirvish Productions at the Canon Theatre)
      • East of Berlin (Tarragon Theatre's production, Theatre Network, Edmonton and The Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver)

      Upcoming:

      • Ross Petty Productions' Snow White (Toronto Elgin Theatre)
Theatrical Licensing

Marquis Entertainment currently represents the authors of:

  • 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt) - produced Off-Broadway and in the West End of London
  • Mom's the Word (Linda A. Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams - produced in the West End of London

Marquis also represents the following plays/musicals:

  • Anne and Gilbert (Music by Bob Johnston and Nancy White; Lyrics by Nancy White, Bob Johnston and Jeff Hochhauser; Book by Jeff Hochhauser
  • Bear With Me (Diane Flacks)
  • bittergirl (Annabel Griffiths, Alison Lawrence and Mary Francis Moore)
  • bittergirl: The Musical (Annabel Griffiths, Alison Lawrence and Mary Francis Moore)
  • Mom's the Word 2 - Unhinged (Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams)
  • Mom's the Word - For Crying Out Loud! (Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams)
  • The Neverending Story (David S. Craig)
  • The Real McCoy (Andrew Moodie)
  • Sibs (Diane Flacks and Richard Greenblatt)
  • Shakespeare's Will (Vern Thiessen)

And Marquis represents the works of the following Playwrights:

Aaron Bushkowsky

  • After Jerusalem
  • My Chernobyl
  • The Project
  • Soulless

Michael Melski

  • Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad
  • Blood on the Ice
  • Caribou
  • Corvette Crossing
  • Eighteen
  • The Fly Fisher's Companion
  • Miles From Home

Dean Regan

  • A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
  • Clooney Tunes
  • Forever Swing
  • Hotel Porter
  • Red Rock Diner

Michele Riml

  • Sexy Laundry
  • Henry and Alice: Into the Wild
  • On the Edge
  • Poster Boys
  • Rage
  • Souvenirs
  • The Invisible Girl (TYA)
  • The Skinny Lie (TYA)
  • Tree Boy (TYA)
Live Events & Concerts

Marquis Entertainment is also delighted to be the Artistic Producer of the Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery's Amphitheatre since its launch in 2001 - a five hundred seat open air theatre in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Over the last 12 seasons of the Jackson-Triggs' Amphitheatre concert series, the performers at the amphitheatre have ranged from Canadian icons Bruce Cockburn, Chantal Kreviazuk, Tom Cochrane, Rufus Wainwright, Steven Page (of the Barenaked Ladies), Colin James, Paul Brandt, Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo), Jesse Cook, The Philosopher Kings, David Usher, Kathleen Edwards, Spirit of the West, Gord Downie, The Sam Roberts Band, Joel Plaskett, Arkells and Matthew Good to classical artists such as The Canadian Tenors, Measha Brueggergosman and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to Order of Canada recipients Veronica Tennant and Rex Harrington.

Additional Select Live Events credits include: 2007 LCBO/Wines of Ontario Fall Media Launch featuring Dan Aykroyd and Steven Page (Toronto); Starring Brian Linehan featuring Joan Rivers (Toronto - filmed for CHUM TV); A Tribute to Brian Linehan (Toronto International Film Festival - filmed for CHUM TV); Mordecai Richler: A Celebration starring Richard Dreyfuss (Montreal - filmed for CBC Television); the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Special Olympics Festival Galas featuring artists such as Colm Wilkinson, The Canadian Tenors and Matt Dusk (Toronto) and various charitable and special events at the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre.

Film & TV

In December 2004 Robert Richardson/Marquis Entertainment was the recipient of the Ontario Media and Development Corporation Al Waxman Calling Card Grant which allowed him to produce the award-winning* short screenplay Santa Baby by David Widdicombe (*2003 Toronto Short Film Festival). Santa Baby was filmed in 2005, directed by David Widdicombe, and received top honours from film festivals throughout North America including the Los Angeles Short Film Festival (2006 Best Comedy) and Yorkton Short Film Festival (2006 Best Actress / shortlisted for Best Comedy). It premiered on Canadian TV on Showcase TV in the fall of 2007.

Additional Select Film & TV Producing credits include: Starring Brian Linehan featuring Joan Rivers (CHUM-TV); A Tribute to Brian Linehan (CHUM-TV/ Toronto International Film Festival); and Mordecai Richler: A Celebration starring Richard Dreyfuss (CBC Television).

Production History

2012
2 Pianos 4 Hands

Shochiku Co. Ltd.
Tokyo, Japan
Producer

 

2012 
2 Pianos 4 Hands

National Arts Centre
Ottawa, ON
Producer

 

2011
2 Pianos 4 Hands

Mirvish Productions
Toronto, ON
Producer

 

2011
Ross Petty Productions' Wizard of Oz

Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2011
Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre Concert Series

Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Constellation Brands
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2011
Shakespeare's Will

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada
Stratford, ON
Producer

 

2011
The Railway Children
Mirvish Productions
Toronto, ON
Producer and General Manager

 

2011
2 Pianos 4 Hands

Belfry Theatre
Victoria, BC
Producer

 

2011
Shakespeare's Will
Globe Theatre
Regina, SK
Producer

 

2010
Ross Petty Productions' Beauty and the Beast

Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2010
Special Olympics Canada
2010 Festival Gala

Special Olympics Canada
Toronto, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2009
Ross Petty Productions' Robin Hood
Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2009
Special Olympics Canada
2009 Festival Gala

Special Olympics Canada
Toronto, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2009
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang
Reading with Andrew Martin

Stratford Festival of Canada and
TD Canada Children's Book Week
Toronto/Ottawa, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2009
Jackson-Triggs' Twilight in the Vineyard

Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Vincor
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2009
East of Berlin - Tarragon Theatre Tour

Theatre Network Society (Edmonton, AB)
The Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver, BC)
General Manager

 

2008
Ross Petty Productions' Cinderella
Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2008
Special Olympics Canada
2008 Festival Gala

Special Olympics Canada
Toronto, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2008
Jackson-Triggs' Twilight in the Vineyard

Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Vincor
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2008
The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead
The Vancouver Playhouse
Vancouver, BC
General Manager

 

2008
2 Pianos 4 Hands

Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Lowell, MA
Producer

 

2007
Ross Petty Productions' Peter Pan
Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2007
Starring Brian Linehan
Producer of Live Stage Event for CITY TV
Filmed at the Young Centre
Toronto, ON
Producer

 

2007
LCBO/Wines of Ontario Fall Media Launch
Featuring Dan Aykroyd and Steven Page

Brookfield Place
Toronto, ON
Producer of Live Performance

 

2007
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Blowing Rock Performing Arts Centre
Blowing Rock, NC
Producer

 

2007
The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead
The Stratford Festival
Stratford, ON
General Manager

 

2007
Jackson-Triggs' Twilight in the Vineyard
Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Vincor
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2007
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Maltz Jupiter Theatre
Jupiter, FL
Producer

 

2006
Ross Petty Productions' Aladdin
Live Nation, Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON
7 City Canadian National Tour
General Manager

 

2006
Mom's the Word 2:  Unhinged
The Grand Theatre (London, ON)
Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, MB) 
Producer

 

2006
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Dallas Theatre Centre
Dallas, TX
Producer

 

2006
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Hartford Stage Company
Hartford, CT
Producer

 

2006
The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead
The Stratford Festival
Stratford, ON
General Manager

 

2006
Anne and Gilbert
Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre
Summerside, PE
General Manager

 

2006
Jackson-Triggs' Twilight in the Vineyard
Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Vincor
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2006
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Gilmore Festival
Kalamazoo, MI
Producer

 

2006
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Globe Theatre
Regina, SK
Producer

 

2006
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Laguna Playhouse
Laguna Beach, CA
Producer

 

2005
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Hartford Stage Company
Hartford, CT
Producer

 

2005
The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful
Redhead

The Grand Theatre
London, ON
General Manager

 

2005
Anne and Gilbert
Victoria Playhouse
Summerside, PE
General Manager

 

2005
Jackson-Triggs' Twilight in the Vineyard
Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Vincor
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2004
A Couple of Blaguards
Mirvish Productions
Winter Garden Theatre
Toronto, ON
Producer

 

2004
Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad
Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg, MB)
Sudbury Theatre Centre (Sudbury, ON)
Producer

 

2004
The Rat Pack - Live at Las Vegas
Mirvish Productions/Flying Music Company
Canon Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2004
A Tribute to Brian Linehan
CITY TV/Toronto International Film Festival
The Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON
Producer of Live Stage Event

 

2004
Jackson-Triggs' Twilight in the Vineyard
Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Vincor
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2004
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Glen Street Theatre
Sydney, Australia
Producer

 

2004
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Shochiku Company
Le Theatre Ginza
Tokyo, Japan
Producer

 

2004
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Hong Kong
Producer

 

2004
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Actors Theatre 
Louisville, KY
Producer

 

2003
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Delaware Theatre Company
Wilmington, DE
Producer

 

2003
Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God
Mirvish Productions
Harbourfront Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2003
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Mirvish Productions
Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON
Producer

 

2003
Jackson-Triggs' Twilight in the Vineyard
Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Vincor
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2003
Fully Committed
Spoke Productions
Arts Club Theatre Company
Vancouver, BC
General Manager

 

2003
Scott Thompson's:
The Lowest Show on Earth

New Yorker Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2002
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
New Yorker Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2002
2 Pianos 4 Hands
Capital Repertory Theatre
Albany, NY
Producer

 

2002
2 Pianos 4 Hands
8 Week Ontario Tour
Producer

 

2002
Jackson-Triggs' Twilight in the Vineyard
Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Vincor
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2002
Fully Committed
Spoke Productions, Just for Laughs
Montreal, QC
General Manager

 

2002
Mordecai Richler:  A Celebration
CBC Television
Filmed at Monument National
Montreal, QC
Producer of Live Performance

 

2002
Speed the Plow
Jane Mallett Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2001
Sibs
Winnipeg Jewish Theatre
Winnipeg, MB
7 City Ontario Tour
Producer

 

2001
Jackson-Triggs' Twilight in the Vineyard
Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery/Vincor
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Artistic Producer

 

2001
Dream a Little Dream
Isabel Bader Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2000
Science Fiction
Dora Nomination for:
Outstanding Production 2000-2001
Factory Theatre
Toronto, ON
Producer

 

1999
Romancin' the One That I Love
Elgin Theatre
Toronto, ON
General Manager

 

2 Pianos 4 Hands | A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline | Bear With Me | bittergirl: The Musical |
Hamlet (solo) | Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre | Mom's the Word | Mom's the Word 2: Unhinged
Ross Petty Productions | Santa Baby | Sexy Laundry | Shakespeare's Will | The Summoned