Sheridan signs historic agreement with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

Sheridan College

from the press release:

“Sheridan College took part last week in a Commercial Signing Ceremony held in Shanghai, China, and witnessed by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade.  The agreement, signed by Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts at Sheridan, and Yang Shaolin, General Manager of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, is focused on the co-development of a new musical based on the life of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Canadian physician who left a lasting impression on the Chinese people through his voluntary medical service during turbulent times in the country in the late 1930s.

The project will team Neil Bartram, composer and lyricist and Brian Hill, book writer, with Nick Rongjun Yu, one of China’s most prolific playwrights.  Bartram and Hill are well known in the music theatre world for their co-creation of such works as The Story of My Life and The Theory of Relativity.  Nick Rongjun Yu is Deputy General Manager of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (SDAC), and the most produced living playwright in the country.

Over the next few years, the two creative teams of composers and writers will work together to develop both English and Mandarin versions of the musical.  The play will be workshopped at Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project, an incubator for new musicals, followed by a workshop in Shanghai.  The Canada-China production will premiere in 2019.”

For more information, read the full press release here.