Canadian Music Theatre Project

"The Canadian Music Theatre Project was invaluable to the development of our musical."
– David Hein, Come From Away

The Canadian Music Theatre Project was launched in 2011 and is Canada’s first incubator for the development of new musical theatre works by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers and serves to create a permanent headquarters for the development of new musicals.

As Canada’s largest art school, Sheridan made it a priority to create an environment that fosters creativity and provides a stimulating environment to help generate new work. Our students work with writers to bring their musicals to life and conduct a series of staged readings for select guests at the completion of the workshops.

Current Projects

Small Wonder

Book by Morris Panych, Lyrics by Morris Panych, Anika Johnson & Britta Johnson

Music by Anika Johnson and Britta Johnson

Direction by Morris Panych, Musical Direction by Paul Moody

Ambrose Small, the famously disappearing Toronto theatrical entrepreneur, faced with debts and obligations to both the gangsters and the cops, decides to cash in his considerable holdings and escape, somehow by magic, into thin air. Set in 1919, the musical embraces a period of Toronto history, seemingly upright and sober, whose underbelly is anything but. Ambrose Small is in the final planning stages of his departure, when a young woman from a small town shows up looking for a part. It’s what else she’s looking for that places her centre stage in this criminal misadventure.

Rumspringa Break! An Am-ish Musical

Book by Matt Murray, Music by Colleen Dauncey, Lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal

Direction by Steven Gallagher, Musical Direction by Wayne Gwillim

When Amish twins Hannah and Ruth leave the comfort of their strict, sheltered community to explore the outside world for the first time, things don't go as planned. Desperate, penniless, and stranded in the big city's roughest neighbourhood, the naive sisters must rely on their faith, the outlandish locals, and each other to survive. As chaos and hilarity ensue, their faith and their relationship are tested.

The Journey that Saved Curious George

Book by Jen Shuber, Music and Lyrics by Nicky Phillips

Based on the Book by Louise Borden

Direction by Ann Hodges, Musical Director Aaron Eyre

Curious George, the beloved monkey of children’s book is famous for his narrow escape from danger in his well-known stories. What is not well known is how he symbolically safeguarded his own creators in times of danger. Margret and H.A. Rey were Jewish immigrants who fled Paris in 1940 with not much more than the Curious George manuscript on their backs. This is the story of how they escaped Nazi occupied Europe and brought Curious George safely to America narrowly escaping danger themselves. A husband and wife finding a way against all odds to find joy in a time of despair through creating their artwork and stories, determined to get to safety while protecting their life’s work and ultimately bringing a little monkey to millions of children for years to come.


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

September 07, 2016

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Bachelor of Music Theatre students to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York City

February 12, 2015

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Sheridan announces inaugural Canadian Music Theatre Project Festival

November 04, 2014

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Collaboration Takes the Stage at a First-in-Canada Music Theatre Conference

July 25, 2014

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Canadian Music Theatre Project to Stage Three New Musicals

The Canadian Music Theatre Project Festival of New Musicals will present all three musicals, at each performance, in a forty-five minute reading format, performed by Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Class of 2017. The Festival is the culmination of a month long workshop with our students, writers and creative teams.

Performance Dates:
Thursday, October 13 2016 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 14 2016 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 15 2016 at 7:00 PM

Submit a Project

To workshop your new musical through the Canadian Music Theatre Project, please contact:

Michael Rubinoff

Associate Dean, Visual and Performing Arts

905-845-9430, ext. 2118

Email Michael Rubinoff