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Justin Stadnyk

Justin Stadnyk

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Year of Graduation: 2006
Program: Music Theatre Performance

Taking centre stage

As a child, Justin Stadnyk was happy performing in front of friends, family and even strangers in the park. But the big stage is what he’s made for. The Winnipeg-born music theatre grad is part of the Canadian Premiere company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Kinky Boots presented by Mirvish Productions in Toronto this spring.

Sheridan was the only place Justin wanted to be. He was in tough competition with at least 500 applicants, yet he made it through. “My audition the panel asked me, ‘Where else did you apply?’ When I responded with ‘…only here,’ Greg Peterson (coordinator of the Music Theatre program) exclaimed, ‘All your eggs in one basket…that cocky, huh?’” In fact, it wasn't about being too sure of himself; there was nowhere else he would rather have been.

At 30, he has not only starred in major television and theater shows by Mirvish Productions, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Shaw Festival, The Charlottetown Festival and more, he also owns two businesses.  Trained in Brazil, Justin is a Moksha yoga instructor in Toronto.

“Teaching and practicing yoga keeps me grounded and offers a perfect juxtaposition to the ego-centred world of performing,” he says. “I also founded just music, which specializes in music edits for the competitive dance world.” The company allows him to continue to keep his creative juices flowing during those “off” months, Justin explains.

Having come this far with the help of his parents and faculty at Sheridan, Justin sees his future in the industry filled with exciting new ventures. “Things are shifting and I love it! After years of exploring theaters across Canada, I hope to expand my horizons by exploring the American theater scene.”

As a way to thank his alma mater, when he visits Ontario he does his best to take in the productions at Theater Sheridan. “It’s still amazing to come back and see the extraordinary work that gets done, to see the talent being groomed there and support friends.”

The original productions incubated through Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theater Project are especially exciting, Justin adds. “While recreating roles that have been done offers unique challenges and a real trust in the writing, creating something fresh from the ground up is truly a unique and invigorating experience.”

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