Visual and Performing Arts


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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Art & Art History Grads Unveil “Therefore, I Am” Exhibition

Therefore, I Am features the artwork of eleven recent graduates from the Art and Art History joint program between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. The emerging artists meditate on why they create artwork in a digital age.

Strong Showing for Sheridan at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Come From Away, the hit, new musical that began its life and development at Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) had a strong showing at the 38th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
The production was honoured with four awards.

Canadian Music Theatre Project Announces its 2017 Line-up

Since its inception in 2011, Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) is an international centre of excellence for the development of new musicals in Canada. This September, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, class of 2018, will participate in the workshops of four new musicals under the guidance of leading theatre practitioners.

Sheridan makes History with Tony Award Nomination for Come From Away

Come From Away, the Broadway blockbuster musical that got its start at Sheridan, racked up a total of seven 2017 Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical. “Only five Canadian musicals have made it to Broadway. It is very special that our students played a significant role in launching one of these musicals,” says Michael Rubinoff.

Sheridan Art and Art History Grad Exhibitions | VERGE

Congratulations to the 2017 Art and Art History graduating class on their thesis exhibition, Verge. The word verge refers to a state of transition, and can simultaneously mean a border, an edge, or an approach to a boundary. The graduating artists in this exhibition are, likewise, transitioning into new opportunities and experiences, as well as fluctuating between cultural discourses that affect understandings of the self.

The Making of BUFF 2017 – An Annual Art and Art History Publication

Now in it’s 14th year, BUFF is an annual publication featuring the work produced during the past academic year by the Advanced Project students from the Sheridan/University of Toronto Art and Art History program.

Sheridan signs historic co-development agreement with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

Sheridan College took part last week in a Commercial Signing Ceremony held in Shanghai, China, and witnessed by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade. The agreement, signed by Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, and Yang Shaolin, General Manager of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, is focused on the co-development of a new musical based on the life of Dr. Norman Bethune.

Sheridan concludes exciting weekend at Fan Expo Canada

Now in it's 22nd year, Fan Expo is the is the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada. This year, Sheridan's Makeup for Media & Creative Arts and Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics & Props programs wowed audiences at the convention. The two programs exhibited their talent through live demonstrations and displays.

Sheridan Welcomes Shanghai visitors to Trafalgar Campus

This summer, the Faculty of Animation, Art and Design welcomed two groups of visitors from Shanghai to Sheridan. One group was composed of thirty Masters and Phd students from Shanghai University who came to to learn about the Canadian landscape of film and production. In partnership with iMusicals Shanghai, the second group consisted of a week long intensive for children between 7 and 12 with Theatre Sheridan.

Sheridan Recognized for Excellence in Research Communications

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) have honoured Sheridan with a new award that recognizes post-secondary institutions for their efforts to promote the benefits and impacts of research in the social science and humanities. Sheridan was honoured for its work to celebrate Brantwood: 1920-2020, which was the largest production of immersive, site-specific theatre in Canadian history.

Music Theatre alumni dominate festival season

If your summer plans include a trip to the theatre, chances are that you will experience the power of Sheridan theatre graduates front and centre. From Charlottetown to Port Hope, Sheridan is playing a major role in productions at Canada’s foremost theatre festivals, from now until the fall and beyond.


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Theatre Sheridan

2016-2017 Season

Audiences can expect the best of Broadway and other musical gems at a season of Theatre Sheridan. Be the first to see the next generation of performers.

Our Faculty

Robert Fones

Robert Fones

Professor, Art & Art History

Robert Fones is a founding member of Forest City Gallery in London. Since 1976, he has lived and worked in Toronto where he has exhibited regularly, first with Carmen Lamanna Gallery and then with S.L. Simpson Gallery, and now with Olga Korper Gallery. He has also shown work at other artists-run centres, commercial galleries and public institutions. Fones has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally in the United States and Germany. His work is in The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario and other public and corporate collections. In 1999, he won the Toronto Arts Award for Visual Art. In 2011 he received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts. Robert Fones has worked in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, woodblock printmaking and photography.

Marc  Richard

Coordinator, Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance

Marc is an actor, director, choreographer, writer and scholar who has taught at all levels of education. As an actor Marc has appeared in numerous productions across Canada including Dorothy Dittrich’s When We Were Singing (Buddies, Belfry, National Art Centre). As a writer he has written several full length scripts including Toad: The Anna Russell Story (Rhubarb Festival, Theatre Aquarius Stagewrite Series). As a director and choreographer he has worked on over sixty professional productions across Canada. He holds a Master of Arts in Dance from York University with a specialization in dance education and has recently finished his PhD in York University’s Faculty of Education. Marc’s research attempts to make the learning visible in creative dance education.

Ann  Donar

Professor, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (CCIT)

Ann Donar (née Szeto) holds a BA in Visual Arts from York University, Toronto, and an MA and a PhD in Art Education from Concordia University, Montreal. Her Master’s thesis looks at the relationship between toy designs and art education and her dissertation proposes design thinking as a holistic, undergraduate curricular model. Prior to joining Sheridan, she worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario as art administrator and educator, Nortel Networks as senior graphic designer, and Piper Group as art director. She is also a Registered Graphic Designer (R.G.D.) of Ontario. Her current academic and research focus is on design thinking, futures-thinking, and art and creative direction.
Mark Melymick

Mark Melymick

Coordinator, Performing Arts – Prep

Mark 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 council for two terms, and 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.

David  Matheson

Coordinator, Theatre & Drama Studies

David Matheson began his training with a BA in Theatre from Acadia University and later attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in England. He holds an MFA in directing from York University and is Professor of Acting at Sheridan/UTM. David spent the early part of his career as an actor in the Maritimes, where work included roles with the Neptune Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, The Atlantic Theatre Festival, and the Chester Playhouse. In 1999, he founded Exodus Theatre in Nova Scotia which produced eight shows under his tenure as Artistic Director. David is presently the Artistic Director of Wordsmyth Theatre for which he has directed Julius Caesar, The Seagull and The Brothers Karamazov. Under his tenure the company has garnered 6 Dora Mavor Moore Nominations.