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Sharron Matthews

Sharron Matthews

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Year of Graduation: 1989
Program: Music Theatre - Performance

A Triple Threat and More

Sharron Matthews has done it all: performed on stage and screen, both big and small; recorded her own CD; and written for national and international publications.

She is one of the stars of Global's hit TV show, Canada Sings which is nominated for two 2013 Canadian Screen Awards. Her movie credits include Mean Girls (Joan, the Secretary), Cinderella Man, Take the Lead, The Music Man and Hairspray.

Among Sharron’s theatrical roles: Les Miserables (Toronto and North American tour), Showboat and Beauty and the Beast, both in Toronto. Her portrayal of the Wicked Witch in the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People’s production of The Wizard of Oz earned Sharron a 2011 Dora Nomination. (She also hosted the Dora Awards ceremony that year).

Sharron’s cabaret shows have made a particularly large splash both here and across the pond. Her 2011 and 2012 performances were named Best of the Fest at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her hit 2012 show, Sharron Matthews Superstar: GOLD, travelled to London, New York and South Africa to sold-out audiences. In anticipation of the 2012 cabaret tour Sharron was named Woman of the Year by the New Current, the largest online student magazine in the UK.

In her home base of Toronto, Sharron is the Cabaret Artist in Residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and an Associate Artist with Acting Up Stage. Her articles have appeared in The Scotsman, NOW magazine and most recently in The National Post which has featured Sharron as a Diarist twice in the last two years.

So what does it take to make it on such a wide scale, not only in this country but well beyond?

“To succeed in entertainment in Canada, you need to be brave and be industrious,” says Sharron.

“Because our musical theatre business is relatively small, compared to New York or London, you need to find interesting ways to feature yourself.”

And that means generating your own breaks, she adds..

“If you create your own work, you will continue to grow as an artist, and WHO knows who might be in the audience. I got one of my best gigs in musical theatre from a YouTube video I had done. Opportunity is everywhere.”

Check out her website for more: http://www.sharronmatthews.com/