Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Michael Rubinoff, the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) at Sheridan College was launched in 2011. The CMTP is Canada’s first incubator for the development of new musical theatre works by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers and has created a permanent headquarters for the development of new musicals. As Canada’s largest art school, Sheridan made it a priority to create an environment that fosters creativity. The CMTP facilitates development through the participation of the graduating students of Sheridan’s celebrated Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program, and guest artists. Emphasis is placed on providing professional writers with a meaningful developmental and creative experience.
Sheridan’s music theatre performance program has a forty-four year history and is Canada’s leading program of its kind. Recently, the program transitioned from a three-year diploma to a four-year Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance degree, the only degree in music theatre performance in Canada. Students receive theoretical and practical training in three core disciplines of acting, singing (music theatre and commercial repertoire) and dance (tap, jazz, ballet). Alumni work on stages across Canada and around the world including in local productions of mega musicals, U.S. national tours, at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals and on Broadway and in the West End. Sheridan is a proud member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.
Theatre Sheridan & Academic Programs
Located at Sheridan’s campus in Oakville, Ontario, The Canadian Music Theatre Project is housed in Theatre Sheridan. Staging six productions each year, Theatre Sheridan combines the talents of students from the Honours Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance and Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events programs to deliver professionally staged shows. Upon graduation, over 80% of graduates immediately find representation by major agents and/or contractual employment, often in major productions or national tours of such musicals as Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages, American Idiot, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Rent, Tommy, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia! and Phantom of the Opera.