Visual and Performing Arts

Welcome

Sheridan is renowned for its theatre cluster, which is comprised of Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Theatre and Drama Studies (an honours degree delivered jointly with University of Toronto Mississauga) and a Certificate in Performing Arts Preparation. Our performing arts graduates are highly sought after around the world. In addition, two other honours degrees delivered jointly with UTM—Art and Art History and Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology—have a home in this department.

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Highlights

Art and Art History presents Reminisced and Comfort

This June, fourth-year students in the Art and Art History program present their exhibition titled Reminisced and Comfort. The exhibition is a display of work by sculpture, photography, and print media students. The exhibition can be viewed online until June 19th on Kunstamatrix.

Congratulations to our graduating students on their exhibition: Emma Sherland, Jessica Jansz, Jen Liu, Purvi Quadri, Frey Quintia, and Angela Teoh.

Graduating Sheridan Music Theatre students help industry cope with COVID-19 crisis

Michael Rubinoff, the Producing Artistic Director of Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), and Nick Green, a Toronto playwright who co-wrote the musical the CMTP was developing in the winter semester involved Music Theatre Performance students in a pair of heartwarming initiatives supporting an industry crippled in the wake of COVID-19 closures and cancellations.

Rubinoff and nine students organized Places, Please, a 24-hour virtual telethon that raised more than $41,000 for the Actors Fund of Canada (AFC), while many of Rubinoff’s students also assisted Green with the Social Distancing Festival, a website that showcased work from shows that have been canceled due to the global pandemic.

Historic sculpture unveiled in Vatican City has ties to Sheridan

For the first time in 400 years, a sculpture has been installed on the grounds of St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City and was unveiled at a ceremony on September 29 – World Day for Migrants and Refugees. The bronzed, life-size sculpture by Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz is symbolic of the refugee crisis and was modeled for by Oakville resident and Sheridan College life drawing model Edward Czuchnicki.

At Sheridan, Czuchnicki models for various art classes with life and character drawing requirements. Much of the stand-out work that’s featured in the glass displays in Sheridan’s halls bear his likeness. Students are evidently impacted by his work.

Art and Art History presents The Middle Child 2019

Third-year Art and Art History students presented the 7th rendition of The Middle Child from July 18 – 25, 2019 at the Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, located in Toronto. This student-led exhibition showcases their artistic and curatorial talents.

Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance & Theatre and Drama Studies alumni are nominated at the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Congratulations to our alumni who are nominated at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards this year. We are proud to see the incredible talents of our students and alumni being recognized in the performing arts industry.

Seven Sheridan alumni from our Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance and Theatre and Drama Studies programs were nominated in four categories.

Contact

Mary Jane Carroll
Associate Dean
Ext. 4203

Ned Loach
Academic Portfolio Admin
Ext. 2579

Shannon Chellew Paternostro
Program Support Specialist
Ext. 2039

Theatre Sheridan

2019 - 2020 Season

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Our Faculty

Marc Richard

Coordinator, Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance

Marc Richard is the current coordinator for the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program. He has been a faculty member at Sheridan College since 2004. At Sheridan, Marc teaches, directs and choreographs (West Side Story, Berlin to Broadway, Company, Pippin, Floyd Collins, Cradle Will Rock). He holds a Masters of Arts in Dance and a Ph.D. in Education both from York University. He was invited to present his research at many international conferences, including the prestigious World Alliance for Arts Education in Rovaniemi, Finland. He has had papers published in several conference proceedings and chapters in several books. In 2018, he was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Marc is the first College Professor to be given this honor. Marc has taught at all levels of education, worked as a private arts education consultant and artist in education. He is an actor, director, choreographer, writer, and scholar. He had appeared in theatre productions across Canada, including the World Stage Premiere of Anne Marie MacDonald’s Anything That Moves and Dorothy Dittrich’s When We Were Singing (Buddies, Belfry, National Art Centre).
Mark Melymick

Mark Melymick

Coordinator, Performing Arts – Prep (on sabbatical)

Mark Melymick is a published playwright, having penned Second Chance, The Marriage of Rodeo, A Reason to Live, Rainbow Café, and Everyman. He also has numerous TV, film and theatre credits as an actor. He has received a Sask Arts Board Grant, Canada Council "B" grant, and, most recently, Telefilm funding for his writing. Mark was elected Vice-President, External Affairs for ACTRA, where he served on the council for two terms. He has served his third three-year term as Co-Chair of Audio Visual, Live Performing Arts on the Board of Directors for the Cultural Human Resources Council.
John Armstrong

John C. Armstrong

Coordinator, Art & Art History

John Armstrong began exhibiting his paintings in 1980 in the UK. In 1982, he returned to Canada and exhibited his work in Toronto galleries such as YYZ and Cold City, as well as nationally and internationally. In 2003-04, his work was included in The Ironic Turn, a survey of contemporary Canadian art that originated at the Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany. This exhibition traveled to the following locations: Faux Mouvement, Metz, France; Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick; and the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto. A 1998 survey exhibition of his artwork from the 1990s, titled Sanguine, was organized by Cambridge Galleries and toured to several Canadian destinations. Since 1982, John has instructed in the studio division of the Art and Art History Program, a collaborative H.B.A. program between the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. He has, additionally, taught on the Cultural Studies Program, Trent University (1982-87), and has served as an external assessor for the École municipale des beaux-arts de Caen (1996, 1989, 2008) and the École régionale des beaux-arts de Rouen (1991).

Mimi  Mekler

Faculty, Bachelor of Music Theatre

Mimi Mekler has been teaching at Sheridan for more than twenty years, working with the Music Theatre Department, Theatre and Drama Studies (joint program with University of Toronto), and Animation (Classical and Digital Character). Her specialties include Mask, Clown, Shakespeare, History, Script Analysis, Acting Styles, and Acting for Animators. Mimi holds her B.A. and M.F.A. in Theatre from York University. Her theatre experience is broad and varied. She is probably best known as Maggie in the long-running children’s TV series Crazy Quilt. Other acting highlights include playing a crazed nun in Bella Donna, portraying both Portia and Calpurnia in Julius Caesar, touring children’s shows and interactive plays, dubbing films in Prague, creating segments of R. Murray Schafer’s opera-in-the wilderness And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon, and co-creating a clown-dance piece. Her directing has been praised for its “dramatic edge” (NOW Magazine) and was given a Thea Award for “Unique Creativity, Imagination, Inventiveness and Originality” for her production of As You Like It. Most recently, she directed the one-woman musical Sweetheart – The Mary Pickford Story at Spadina House Historic Home and Gardens, and later at the Highlands Summer Festival. Other favorites include the water-soaked Metamorphoses (Mary Zimmerman) and a puppet-filled Midsummer Night’s Dream for Theatre Sheridan. For Theatre Erindale, she has directed numerous productions, including David Copperfield (awarded Best Play 2007, Ontario Arts Review, the gender-swapped Taming of the Shrew, and the original creations: A Harvest Yet to Reap, and Brass Buttons and Silver Horseshoes. She was also Mask and Text Consultant for The Tempest at the Canadian Stage’s outdoor Dream in High Park. She has worked extensively with young people, teaching programs through Artists in Education under the aegis of the Ontario Arts Council. Her specialty is guiding students in developing and performing original plays. She has worked with the Canadian Opera Company, writing and staging new versions of classical operas with children (including Rheingold, Elixir of Love, and Turandot). She also co-founded the Charlottetown Festival’s theatre camp.
Rafael Goldchain

Rafael Goldchain

Faculty, Bachelor of Photography

Rafael Goldchain is a Chilean-Canadian Jewish artist born in Santiago de Chile, and he is currently a Professor in the Bachelor of Photography program. Rafael earned a Master of Fine Arts from York University (2000) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University (1980). In 1989, he received the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from The Canada Council for the Arts. In 2001, he accompanied Canada’s Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on official visits to Chile and Argentina. Rafael's work is published in several books, including Ho Tam, Frontline (Modern Press, Beijing 2011), William Ewing, Face: The New Photographic Portrait (London: Thames and Hudson, 2007) and Joan Murray, Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1999). His work is also the subject of two monographs: Nostalgia for an Unknown Land (Toronto: Lumiere Press, 1989) and I Am My Family (New York: Princeton Architectural Press 2008). His photographs have been exhibited across Canada and in Chile, the United States, Cuba, Germany, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Mexico.