Creative Humanities is a hub for research projects directed by Dr. Brandon McFarlane, a Professor of Creativity & Creative Thinking at Sheridan College.

We’re committed to creating new approaches to humanities research & education that better serve students and Canadian communities.

We’re grateful for the support of SSHRC and Sheridan College for our collaborations with Toronto Fringe and Breakthroughs Film Festival.


We’re collaboarting with amazing partners in Toronto’s creative industries to create innovations that address pertinent social challenges.

Mobilizing Social Innovation to Train the Next Generation of Theatre Entrepreneurs

We’re leveraging Sheridan’s expertise in social innovation and community-engaged research to expand Toronto Fringe’s Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Networking and Training program (TENT) and recommend models for fiscal sustainability.


Breaking Through Barriers to Gender Equity in Canadian Film

We applied humanities research and creative problem solving (CPS) to facilite a new, three-year strategic plan for Breakthroughs Film Festival.



Creative Humanities is an experiment in talent-orientated research. We’ve created new models that boost the career development of undergraduate students, regarless of their area of practice. Most humanities projects make ideas; we make talent.

Community and Collaboration in the Time of Social Distancing

Taylor Zantingh wanted to be part of something bigger than herself. Find out how her humanities research provided community and empowerment.

Taylor Zantingh Headshot

Leap of Faith

Victoria Webb’s professors and friends encouraged her to apply for a humanities research position. Find out how her leap of faith transformed her career.


Making Friends While Making a Difference

Lynne Li was looking to make friends after transferring to Sheridan. Learn how her new community is making a difference in Toronto’s theatre sector.


Choosing My Own Adventure

Sometimes the perfect opportunity doesn’t rush up to meet you while you’re looking for it. Robyn Miller shares how humanities research helped her make her own opportunities.


To Saying ‘Yes’

Jacquelyn Ferguson took a chance and said ‘Yes’ to an exciting opportunity. Find out how it changed her perspective and fuelled her creative growth.


I Star in a Role Called Being Successful

Brittany German is a huge success! Find out how her humanities research launched her career in copy writing and marketing.


Emerging from the Background

Aura Torres shares how humanities research helped her become a more confident and assertive filmmaker.


Get Inclusive

Faizal Eidoo (BA, Creative Writing & Publishing) is helping emerging artrepreneurs thive and strives build upon his Creative Humanities research by making the Canadian publishing industry more inclusive.


Thinking Outside the Box 

Ayesha Qamar is living proof that expressing your own personal creativity is possible in every field. Ayesha’s creative thinking helps her navigate through any and all problems. Currently working towards her Advanced Diploma in Computer Systems Analytics at Sheridan, Ayesha will be lending her creative problem solving skills to the TENT project.


Using Art to Inspire

Sheridan’s art student’s are a force to be reckoned with, and Sarah Whang is no exception to this rule. Sarah is currently in her thrid year of Sheridan’s Illustration Program, and her dedication to the craft is clear.

A headshot of Sarah Whang.

A Colourful New Logo 

Kayden Chan (BA, Illustration) designed two logos for the Creative Humanities project. Find out about Kayden’s creative process and how the abstract images tantalize curiosity.


Designing Talent & Creativity

Michael Rugo (BA, Interaction Design 2019) created our snazzy social media graphics and helped plan our dissemination campaigns. Find out how he’s adapting his user-design skills to showcase our outputs and collaborators’ achievements.


Super Fun Creativity Workshop!

Kate Dockeray (BA, Photography 2019) was the project’s first Creative Documenter. Find out how she used her artistic talent to share our story and what she’s learned from our collaboration with Toronto Fringe.


Creating Leaders & Impact

Sandra Ghobrial (BBA, Marketing 2019) is a skilled operator of the sticky notes, papers that appear at every facilitation–they just wouldn’t be CPS facilitations otherwise!


TENT Project Featured by Sheridan Research

Our talent-orientated research is boosting the career development of Sheridan students and emerging theatre producers.


Sheridan Students Take Centre Stage at Toronto Fringe

Oavkille News featured our project work at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival.  “Sheridan College research students have a front row seat at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, which kicks off July 3. Sheridan students are generating a buzz in Toronto’s theatre industry for their pioneering work in expanding Toronto Fringe’s Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Networking and Training (TENT) program.”


Taking Care of Business

The Toronto Raptors aren’t the only ones bringing home hardware this spring: Victoria Webb (BBA Marketing Management) and Karly-Anna O’Brien (BBA Supply Chain Management 2019) won two major awards for their outstanding research. The Pilon School of Business all-stars have been applying their creativity and entrepreneurial know-how to train emerging producers in Toronto’s theatre community. These two exceptional women are slam dunking their way to success!

SWITCH and Orange Ribbon Award

Creative Humanities Featured in Curiosities

Find out how an ecceltic team of undergraduate researchers at Sheridan College are collaborating with Toronto Fringe to bring new ideas to the Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Networking & Training program. Together, they’re helping emerging producers thrive in the theatre business.


New Opportunities for Toronto Artists 

We designed and instructed innovation workshops for TENT & Toronto Fringe in July 2018. Find out what we did and what’s in store for fall 2018!

Alexadanra Simpson, Brandon McFarlane, Christopher Hedrick, Allan Turner. Photo by Kate Dockeray.

TENT Collaboration Featured in Alchemy 

The word spreads thanks to Brittany German’s pen. The collaboration’s lead wordsmith, German (BA, Creative Writing & Publishing) is raising awareness about the impact we’re bringing to Sheridan students and Toronto’s theatre community.


Creative Problem Solving at the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals

Who doesn’t love a road trip? The mere suggestion invokes the idea of an adventure: discoveries to be unearthed, friendships formed, strengthened, deepened. All of this is exactly what happened when we took our collaboration with Toronto Fringe on the road one grey day in early November and headed west to the town of Windsor.


Undergraduate Research

We’re applying creative problem solving to bring social innovations to Toronto Fringe and enhance the development of top talent in Canada’s theatre biz. Find out why our research matters and how you can use our insights.

Entrepreneurship Series 

Jacquelyn Ferguson (BA, Creative Writing & Publishing) helped us develop curriculum for TENT. She transformed the 12 units into a blog series that introduces the basics of art-based entrepreneurship. Are you ready to unleash your inner artrepreneur?


Inspiring the Domino Effect

Karly-Anna O’Brien (BBA, Supply Chain Management 2019) shares how she’s mobilizing her passion for entrepreneurialism to produce a domino effect in Toronto’s theatre community.


Get Creative when Blogging for Business

Brittany German (BA, Creative Writing & Publishing) is our lead copy writer on the TENT project. She shares some tips on how to craft content that fuses creativity with business.  With her help, you will not only be able to celebrate the value creativity brings to business but also showcase its impact through tantalizing prose.