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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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.

Musical Developed at Sheridan is Broadway-bound

Come From Away, originally developed and produced by Sheridan and the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), is headed to Broadway in the spring of 2017. Sheridan has built a reputation for producing music theatre graduates who go on to grace the stages of Broadway. But the College is now playing a ground-floor role in the development of a musical destined for theatre’s mecca.

How Come From Away made it to Broadway

With a lot of luck and some serendipity, Canadian musical about Sept. 11 heads to New York after its Toronto stop. Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, Michael Rubinoff, shares the initial developments and challenges in creating Come from Away.

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.

Sheridan Art and Art History Grad Exhibitions | FAQ

Congratulations to the 2016 Art & Art History Graduates who unveiled their thesis projects at the Blackwood Gallery. Contrary to what the title of the exhibition may suggest, the artists of FAQ explored the position of art not solely as an exchange of question and answer, but as an opportunity for hypothesizing.


Michael Rubinoff
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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

Michael Rubinoff

Michael Rubinoff

Associate Dean, Visual and Performing Arts

Michael is the producer of Theatre Sheridan and the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts. In 2011, he established the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan - an incubator for new musical theatre works by Canadian and international artists. His productions have earned one Dora Mavor Moore Award for excellence in Toronto theatre and six nominations. He is a 2004 graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute, Intensive Producing Program and was President of ScriptLab, a not-for-profit organization in Toronto with a commitment to the development of the works and the artists of the Canadian Musical Theatre. Michael is also President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, chair of their Commercial Theatre Development Fund and the founder of M. Rubinoff Productions Inc.

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, and Information 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.
Patrick Young

Patrick Young

Professor, Theatre & Drama Studies

Patrick Young graduated in English from Victoria College, University of Toronto, trained in Theatre on a graduate scholarship at Indiana University, and was soon a well-known actor across Canada. His Toronto credits included the record-breaking hits Flicks, The Relapse, and the original production of Automatic Pilot, as well as Chinchilla and the last national tour of Spring Thaw.

He has held the posts of Artistic Director of Dalhousie Theatre Productions in Halifax, Director/Dramaturg of the Music Theatre Writers' Colony at the Muskoka Festival, and Associate Director/Playwright in Residence at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre. Teaching includes Waterloo, Dalhousie, George Brown, Humber, and Gaya College in Malaysia. He is the founding Artistic Director of Theatre Erindale and the founding Sheridan Coordinator of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program, which is now in its twenty-third year.
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.