Noah Cowan and Rachel Gotlieb speaking at Sheridan Arts Convocation

convocationIt’s the last day of classes (already)! The next and maybe last time that many of us will see each other will be convocation. The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design has two convocations scheduled on June 13th, at 10am and 3pm. We have lined up a couple of great speakers for convocation this year.

Noah Cowan, the Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, will speak to students at the 10am ceremony, which includes media arts, animation and film students. Cowan acted as the co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival from 2003 – 2008, he initiated TIFF’s Midnight Madness program, and he now drives the curatorial vision for programming at the King and John facility. Noah is currently working with the Faculty of Animation, Art and Design at Sheridan to develop a virtual museum about David Cronenberg, which will be presented during TIFF 2013. He is a great supporter of Canadian film, and enthusiastic about attracting younger audiences to TIFF.

Rachel Gotlieb – Chief Curator and Interim Executive Director of the Gardiner Museum, and a member of Sheridan’s Program Advisory Committee for Crafts and Design – will be speaking at the 3pm ceremony. Gotlieb is an expert in Canadian craft and design, with a PhD in art history. It is fitting then that both Crafts and Design and Art History students will be able to hear her speak at their 3pm graduation.

Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design convocations will be held at 10am and 3pm on June 13th at the Living Arts Centre of Mississauga.

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Peek Behind The Scenes: The Making of a Musical at Sheridan College

By Anne Whitehead

In the past couple of weeks, I have had the great pleasure of exploring behind the scenes of Sheridan’s MacDonald-Heaslip Hall, to see what really goes into making a musical. This short video takes you back stage with me.

I met with the Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, Michael Rubinoff, to learn more about how Sheridan’s Music Theatre-Performance program works hand in hand with our Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events program. I was also able to interview student actors, costume designers, prop makers and set painters, who are all applying the skills they have learned in classes to collaborate on their graduating show at Sheridan College: Merrily We Roll Along. The show is being directed by famed Toronto theatre critic Richard Ouzounian, and runs from April 9 – 20 at Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus.

Call the Sheridan Theatre Box Office at: +1(905)815-4049 for tickets.