The Canadian Music Theatre Project

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

Creative teams have the opportunity to work with a professional cast of students to bring their new musical to life. Benefits of working with the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan College are:

  • Writers fee
  • Five week workshop (170 total hours of rehearsal)
  • Cast drawn from 4th Year Music Theatre Performance Program
  • Hiring of Director
  • Hiring of Music Director
  • 45 minute public readings in Oakville and Toronto
  • Receipt of archival recordings of presentations
  • Professionally produced demo recordings
  • Sheridan College and the CMTP are members of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre

Current Projects

Prom Queen

Based on the true story of Canadian teen Marc Hall, who fights for the right to take his boyfriend to the prom. Creative Team: Kent Staines, Colleen Dauncey, Akiva Romer Segal

The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz

A satirical comedy about an absurdly optimistic young man who sets out on a quest to end the Dark Ages. Creative Team: Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond

Marathon of Hope

A folk musical based on the enduring and heroic story of Terry Fox Creative Team: John Connolly, Jim Betts, Michael Mulronney


The story of a teenage sex worker who strives to rise above her circumstances. Creative Team: Leslie Arden, Cathy Elliott