Michael Rubinoff is a Canadian theatrical producer and lawyer. He has been the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan College since January 2011, and he is the founder of The Canadian Music Theatre Project.
Life and Career
Rubinoff earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Laws (Valedictorian) from the University of Western Ontario, where he also served on the university’s Board of Governors and two terms as Legal Society President. In 1997, on a platform highlighting post-secondary school issues, he ran for Member of Parliament in the riding of London North Centre, and was one of the youngest candidates in the country. Prior to being called to the Ontario Bar in 2002, he launched M. Rubinoff Productions Inc., a commercial theatre company producing mid-sized theatre in the City of Toronto, which he continues to run today. In 2004, Rubinoff graduated from the Commercial Theatre Institute, Intensive Producing Program in New York.
As a lawyer, Rubinoff practiced commercial real estate law and entertainment law, with a focus on live theatre. From January 2009 to January 2011, he worked for law firm Robins Appleby & Taub LLP in this capacity.
In 2011, Rubinoff began work at Sheridan College. During the same year, he established The Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan, Canada’s incubator for new musical theatre works by Canadian and international artists.
Outside of his work at Sheridan, Rubinoff is President of ScriptLab, a not-for-profit organization in Toronto with a commitment to the development of the works and the artists of Canadian musical theatre, as well as President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and chair of their Commercial Theatre Development Fund.
- Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Co-written by Nora Ephron)
- Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
- Dora Mavor Moore Award (6 nominations, 1 win (Brantwood, Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production; 2015)