Launched in 2011, the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) at Sheridan College is Canada’s first incubator for the development of new musical theatre works by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers.
As Canada’s largest art school, Sheridan made it a priority to create an environment that fosters creativity. The CMTP facilitates development of new musicals 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.
Theatre Sheridan & Academic Programs
Located at Sheridan’s campus in Oakville, Ontario, the CMTP benefits from close ties to Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance and Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry programs, as well as to Theatre Sheridan. Sheridan’s music theatre performance program has a forty-four year history and is Canada’s leading program of its kind. 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.
A Toronto-based theatre producer, Michael established the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) in 2011. He served as Producing Artistic Director of CMTP and Producer of Theatre Sheridan until 2021.
Michael conceived the story depicted in Come From Away as a musical, and produced and developed the first workshops of Come From Away at Sheridan. 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. 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.
A former board member and president of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Michael is the recipient of Colleges and Institutes Canada Leadership Excellence Award for Managerial Staff and the 2017 Canadian Club (Toronto) Canadian of the Year.