Who We Are
Theatre by the Bay is a professional theatre company seeking to grow the Central Ontario arts community by empowering local theatre artists, engaging local audiences with high quality programming, and telling stories that showcase the diverse peoples of Barrie and Simcoe County.
Our mission is to hire performers, designers, and technical staff, wherever possible, from the local area. We strive to increase job opportunities in the region, generate support for the arts from local businesses and individuals, and create arts education programs to generate a well-educated, interconnected, and capable arts community.
We are confident that our high calibre theatrical productions will increase the volume of visitors to Barrie and will positively impact the region’s tourism and service industries.
To create an environment where the highest level of professional live theatre is easily embraced and affordably accessed by the citizens of Barrie and the surrounding area, with a focus on sharing and exploring the stories of our community.
To be the marquis for live theatre in Barrie and assist the city as it presents itself to the world as a strong cultural and economic centre; as well as develop educational programs for all ages and promote active community participation in the performing arts.
To forge partnerships with local cultural organizations so that, together, we can build on combined strengths and common goals to create initiatives that will solidify Barrie’s reputation as a cultural hub and demonstrate the social importance and richness of professional theatre.
Board of Directors
Zarah Walpole (She/Her)
Michael Whyte (He/Him)
Ken Montgomerie (He/Him)
Sandi McMillan (She/Her)
Danielle Kostrich (She/Her)
Ryan Cardwell (He/Him)
Brett Glover (He/Him)
Carolina Belmares (She/Her)
Interested in joining Theatre by the Bay's board of directors?
The Board of Directors plays an integral role in Theatre by the Bay’s management and oversight. If you have a passion for TBTB’s mission, and are interested in being involved, please contact us through the form below. If you are a BIPOC member of our community, we HIGHLY encourage you to submit.
Theatre by the Bay operates on the traditional lands of the Anishnaabeg, including the Odawa, Ojibwe (also known as the Chippewas) and Potawatomi Nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
A commitment to truth and reconciliation
Theatre by the Bay stands with the practice of Territory or Land Acknowledgment as a step towards continued reconciliation and recognition of our colonial past. It acknowledges that this is Indigenous land and that Indigenous peoples still have rights to it. It allows us a moment to reflect on our own relationship to the land and the structures of colonialism around us. We encourage the giving a Land Acknowledgement at the beginning of an event, meeting, or performance.
Here is some information about the territories surrounding Barrie
The Ghost Watchers
Simcoe County Virtual Theatre Initiative
Bring the Bay Home
Emerging Director Project Showcase
24 Hour Playwriting Contest