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Co-Founded in 1996 by Judy Richardson and Robert Richardson, and joined by Colin Rivers in 2002, Marquis Entertainment was launched with a purpose of representing and producing select Canadian theatrical plays/productions that exhibit national and international appeal.

Marquis Entertainment has since established itself as a leader in Producing/General Managing international work within Canada as well as exporting Canadian culture into markets such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, France and South Africa.

Senior Partners

Robert Richardson


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

Colin Rivers

Vice President

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

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Select Theatrical Producing Credits include:

  • Fun Home – Canadian premiere (Musical Stage Company and Mirvish Productions)
  • LEAR, The Winter’s Tale & Measure for Measure (Groundling Theatre)
  • 2 Pianos, 4 Hands –  Toronto  (Mirvish Productions), Tokyo (Shochiku), Hong Kong (HK Arts Festival), Australia, throughout the US and Canada
  • The Railway Children  (Mirvish Productions and The Touring Consortium)
  • Shakespeare’s Will – Canada (The Stratford Theatre Festival of Canada) and on tour throughout North America
  • Jacob Two-Two meets the Hooded Fang – staged reading featuring Andrea Martin (The Stratford Festival of Canada and TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, Toronto and Ottawa)
  • Adventures of A Black Girl in Search of God  (Mirvish Productions)
  • A Couple of Blaguards (Mirvish Productions)
  • Fully Committed  (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver and Just for Laughs, Montreal);
  • Mom’s the Word  (The Grand Theatre, London, ON and Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg, WB)
Select General Management credits include:

  • Ross Petty Productions’ for more than 10 years including The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, Cinderella, and Peter Pan (Toronto Elgin Theatre)
  • Arrabal (Mirvish Productions at the Panasonic 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 on tour to Edmonton and Vancouver)

Marquis Entertainment has served as the Artistic Producer of Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery’s Amphitheatre – a 575-seat open air theatre in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake – since its launch in 2001.

Over the last 18 seasons of the Jackson-Triggs’ Amphitheatre Concert Series, the performers at the amphitheatre have ranged from Canadian icons The Tragically Hip, Dallas Green, Jann Arden, Amanda Marshall, Gordon Lightfoot, Arkells, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, Sam Roberts Band, Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy, Serena Ryder, Colin James, Paul Brandt, Bruce Cockburn, Whitehorse, Bahamas, Spirit of the West and Matthew Good to classical artists such as The Tenors, Measha Brueggergosman, Quartetto Gelato and (members of) the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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 featuring Martin Short, Joan Rivers, Sharon Glass and Norman Jewison, hosted by Roger Ebert (Toronto International Film Festival – filmed for CHUM TV); Mordecai Richler: A Celebration featuring Richard Dreyfuss (Montreal – filmed for CBC Television); the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Special Olympics Festival Galas featuring artists such as Colm Wilkinson, The Tenors, Matt Dusk and artists of Cirque du Soleil (Toronto) and various charitable and special events at the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre.

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 the late 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 featuring Martin Short, Joan Rivers, Sharon Glass and Norman Jewison, hosted by Roger Ebert (CHUM-TV/ Toronto International Film Festival); and Mordecai Richler: A Celebration featuring Richard Dreyfuss (CBC Television).