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.
Producing Artist Director
A Toronto based theatre producer who conceived the story depicted in Come From Away as a musical. In 2011 he established the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), an international incubator for the development of new musicals at Sheridan College, where he produced and developed the first workshops of Come From Away. He serves as a producer and the creative consultant for productions of the hit musical on Broadway (Tony Nomination, Best Musical), in London’s West End (Olivier Award for Best New Musical), Toronto, Melbourne and across North America on tour. He is the Producing Artistic Director of the CMTP and is currently developing new musicals in Canada and China. He also severed as the Producer for Theatre Sheridan, producing a six show season. In 2018, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and all Canadians, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada for his role in creating Come From Away. He is a former board member and president of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, 2015 Member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and a member of the Minister of Heritage’s Advisory Group on Canadian Cultural Initiatives in China. He is the recipient of Colleges and Institutes Canada Leadership Excellence Award for Managerial Staff and the 2017 Canadian Club (Toronto) Canadian of the Year.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Laws from Western University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. Prior to joining Sheridan College in 2011 as Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, he practiced entertainment law and commercial real estate law in Toronto. Social @mrubinoff