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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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.

Graduating Student Awards 2019

Seven outstanding new artworks made by our talented graduating students in the Faculty of Animation, Arts, and Design have been acquired by Sheridan through the Graduating Student Awards 2019 program.

Theatre Sheridan: "On the Town" Dinosaur Project

For those of you who've seen the Theatre Sheridan production of On the Town, the enormous dinosaur bones on stage could not have escaped your attention!

Read the untold story of how students in our Technical Production program: Fletcher Evans, Izzy Heim, and Meaghan Hofer, were responsible for working with our set designers to build these behemoth bones.

Music Theatre students perform The Louder We Get at Sheridan Pride Week

Sheridan students wowed us last Wednesday with a pop-up musical performance as part of Sheridan Pride Week. Fourth-year Bachelor of Music Theatre students Noah Beemer, Emma Burke-Kleinman, Michael Derworiz, Jill Goranson and Kelsi James performed a lively rendition of the title number from The Louder We Get in the SSU atrium on April 3.


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Theatre Sheridan

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Our Faculty

Marc  Richard

Coordinator, Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance

Marc is the current coordinator for the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program in the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design. He has recently (2018) been named a 3M National Teaching Fellow by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). He is the first College Professor to be given this honour. He has taught at all levels of education, worked as a private arts educational consultant and artist in Education. Marc Richard is an actor, director, choreographer, writer and scholar.
Mark Melymick

Mark Melymick

Coordinator, Performing Arts – Prep (on sabbatical)

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.
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, and travelled 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, Armstrong 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 for 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. She has been dramaturge for over 60 productions, specializing in developing new plays and revitalizing classics. Mimi has been active in fostering interest in theatre throughout community groups. She has adjudicated in Manitoba, the United States, and throughout Ontario. She is an active member of Theatre Ontario’s Talent Bank and teaches a range of workshops.
Rafael Goldchain

Rafael Goldchain

Faculty, Bachelor of Photography

Rafael Goldchain is a Chilean-Canadian Jewish artist born in Santiago de Chile. He 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 Goldchain's work has been 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), and is 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).