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Sholem Dolgoy

Associate Professor

Sholem Dolgoy has been working in Canadian and International arts and entertainment for over 40 years. While primarily a lighting designer in theatre, dance, opera, corporate, exhibit and display, he has experience in many areas of production. He had staff or guest positions at diverse organizations including the National Ballet of Canada, Danish National Ballet, the Shaw Festival, Toronto Free Theatre, Vancouver Opera, the Royal Ontario Museum, the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, and Toyota Canada. Ongoing projects include lighting the Toronto Eaton Centre’s annual Christmas Reindeer installation. For the Associated Designers of Canada, which represents theatrical designers, he helped create the Standards and Working Practices for design communication. The document is also used as part of curriculum at many teaching institutions across the country. Sholem first started teaching lighting design at Ryerson Theatre School (RTS) in 1980. In 2002, he joined the full-time faculty. Sholem’s MA at York University’s Interdisciplinary Studies was Forging a Professional Community: the Evolution of the Institutions of English Canadian Theatre – 1955 to 1979. The research was a catalyst to expand the teaching of arts management at RTS. He is  Academic Coordinator for RTS at Ryerson Continuing Education for courses in arts management, costume, and makeup. Sholem is a graduate of the National Theatre School.