Two theatre heavyweights convicted of defrauding investors should be spared jail time, instead repaying their debt to society by sharing with students across Canada the lessons they have learned, their lawyers told court yesterday.

Garth Drabinsky and his business partner Myron Gottlieb were found guilty in March of two counts of fraud and one count of forgery for defrauding investors of millions.

At the sentencing hearing for the pair, lawyers for both men asked for conditional sentences of two years less a day, followed by three years of probation, and 240 hours each of community service.

Drabinsky’s lawyer Edward Greenspan recommended that as part of his conditional sentence, his client go on a speaking tour at theatre schools across Canada to discuss the craft of theatre and “the avoidance of unethical conduct.’’