David Hein, Come from Away:

“The Canadian Music Theatre Project was invaluable to the development of our musical, COME FROM AWAY. Over two seasons, we were offered ten weeks of development time and support - unmatched as far as we know anywhere else - with exceptional student performers, crew, and some of the best guest artist directors, music and music directors. But beyond that, CMTP also gave us access to onsite recording facilities to create demo recordings - which are so necessary for the future development of musicals – and created unique innovated online strategies for the show, like when we were able to stream the final performance of COME FROM AWAY to Newfoundland and around the world. Finally, the workshops culminated in incredible performance opportunities to test our material with a full band and live audiences for two weeks of performances on Sheridan’s campus, but also at the central 700-seat Panasonic Theatre in Toronto. More importantly, even beyond the workshops, CMTP and Michael Rubinoff fully commit to and champion their shows and artists through festival like NAMT and Goodspeed’s Festival of New Artists. Time and again, Sheridan proved its reputation as the best musical theatre school in Canada, but it has also proved itself as one of the best, if not the best, homes for new musicals, while committing to Canadian stories and culture, and to developing a new generation of Canadian artists. Any writing team would be lucky to work there and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

Since being workshopped at CMTP, COME FROM AWAY has been invited to be part of the NAMT Festival of New Works (out of almost 200 other musicals) and the Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists. It has been optioned to Tony-Award winning producers, Junkyard Dog Productions, and was recently workshopped at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and Seattle Rep, directed by Chris Ashley (Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse, Tony nominee, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award) with choreography by Kelly Devine (Tony Nominee Rocky, Rock of Ages). Simply put, none of COME FROM AWAY’s success, and the opportunities we’ve received because of it, would not have been possible without The Canadian Music Theatre Project.”

Brian Hill & Neil Bartram, The Theory of Relativity:

“Safe and supportive developmental homes for new musicals are rare, particularly in Canada. When Michael Rubinoff first told us that the Canadian Music Theatre Project was going to join the already prestigious musical theatre training program at Sheridan College, we were thrilled. We have developed new musicals with students many times in the past but never under such a well-structured umbrella. Here was an opportunity to tackle this fragile art form in a safe environment away from critical eyes and with a talent pool that is unparalleled. Together with Michael and the Sheridan College students we began developing The Theory of Relativity, a new show written specifically for and about college age students. CMTP offered us time, space and financial support to create and develop the show and the opportunity to present the work-in-progress to a supportive audience. We must add that this process is beneficial not only to writers but to students as well. Working directly with writers offers students an insight into the creative process that can't be experienced in a more traditional arts education.

In addition to this developmental help, Michael and CMTP supported a demo recording that gave the Sheridan students valuable studio experience and has been immeasurably useful in introducing this piece to the international arts community. Early in the process of developing a musical, the financial and organizational burden often falls to the artist, but thanks to the developmental and the demo recording support offered by Sheridan College and CMTP, we were able to focus completely on artistic creation with the knowledge that the organizational and financial support was there. We're very happy to say that thanks to that support The Theory of Relativity has been experienced worldwide as demonstrated by the recent creation of a thrilling international virtual choir amassed through the social network.

We are frequently asked by talented young Canadian writers, and there are many, where they can turn to hone their skills and develop their creations. We invariably recommend the Canadian Music Theatre Project. It is unique to Canada and an integral part of the creation of a new Canadian theatrical identity.”