Sheridan College

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Sheridan College is a postsecondary institution with campuses in Oakville, Brampton, and Missisauga, Ontario. It was founded in 1967 as a local college of 400 students, and has grown to become one of Ontario’s leading postsecondary institutions, educating approximately 18,000 full-time and 35,000 part-time students [1]. Sheridan is known for their contribution to the Canadian theatre industry through their Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Theatre and Drama Studies, Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events, and Performing Arts Preparation programs. They also house one of the only Canadian music theatre incubators in the country, called the Canadian Music Theatre Project.

Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program

Sheridan's Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance provides theoretical and practical training in three core disciplines of acting, singing and dance, with a special focus on business and entrepreneurial skills. The musical theatre program puts on six musicals a year in Theatre Sheridan at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, as well as a number of theatrical productions in the Studio Theatre.

Graduates of Sheridan's prestigious Music Theatre Performance program are highly sought-after in the industry for their cultivated skills, professionalism, and consummate practical performance experience. Upon graduation, most often over 80% immediately find representation by major agents and/or contractual employment, often in major Toronto, West End and Broadway commercial resident productions or national tours [2].

Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events Program

Led by practicing industry professionals, this apprenticeship-style program features professional-calibre facilities, such as mainstage and studio theatres,state-of-the-art MIDI and sound labs, and fully equipped scene, prop and wardrobe shops. This is the only three-year program in Canada fully dedicated to technical production for theatre and live events. Graduates of the Sheridan Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events program go on to work for major performing arts venues and producers throughout the world [3].

Theatre and Drama Studies (Bachelor of the Arts) Program

This Theatre and Drama Studies degree is offered jointly with the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) [4]. Students of this program earn a two-year (equivalent) conservatory diploma in professional actor training from Sheridan within a Specialist degree in performance history, theory, and dramatic literature from UofT Mississauga. The Specialist Honours Program involves the study of plays, actors, theatres, designers, and audiences from the classical Greek stage to the most modern experimental performance [5]. Students gain professional-calibre experience at Theatre Erindale, working from front-of-house to backstage production and on-stage performance. They are encouraged to pursue additional performance opportunities on campus and in the community [6].

Performing Arts - Preparation Program

The Performing Arts – Preparation program at Sheridan provides a comprehensive one-year introduction to the performing arts. Students gain first-hand experience in a wide range of disciplines, developing core skills that can help them advance to a more specialized performing arts school [7].