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The Company

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.

Our Vision

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.

Our Team


Iain Moggach (He/Him)
Artistic Director
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Patricia Hammond (She/Her)
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Staff Members

Khaleel Gandhi (He/Him)
Communications Officer
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Leah Holder (She/Her)
Dramaturg & Education Co-ordinator
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Sabrina Merks (They/Them)
Metcalf Foundation Intern
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Sarah Webster

Betony Main
Grant Writing Officer

Board of Directors

Zarah Walpole (She/Her)

Michael Whyte (He/Him)
Vice Chair

Ken Montgomerie (He/Him)

Sandi McMillan (She/Her)

Danielle Kostrich (She/Her)
Board Member

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.

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Land Acknowledgement

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

  • Barrie was established at the Foot of the Nine Mile Portage, an Indigenous and traditional transportation route that existed centuries before Europeans arrived in Simcoe County.
  • There have been at least five major archeological finds around Barrie that tell us more about Pre-Settler Indigenous life in this area.
  • The “Confederacy of Three Fires” existed long before European contact. It was a relationship between three peoples: The Ojibway (Chippewas) were the providers, the Odawa were the warriors and the Potawatomi were the firekeepers.
  • Treaty 16, or the Lake Simcoe Purchase, was signed in 1815 at Kempenfelt Bay by representatives of the Crown and certain Anishinaabe peoples. The territory described in the written Treaty covers approximately 100,000 hectares or 250,000 acres.
  • Treaty 18 was signed on Oct 17, 1818, by representatives of the Crown and certain Anishinaabe peoples. It is also known as the Lake Simcoe-Nottawasaga Treaty and was the first of three treaties signed between October and November of 1818. A fourth, Treaty 27, was signed in the Spring of 1819. The treaty details include a payment of goods at the "Montreal Price," because Montreal was the economic hub of Upper and Lower Canada.


The Lost Heroes of Oro
Theatre Master Classes
Simcoe County Theatre Festival
A Scandal for All Seasons
Mary of Shanty Bay

The Ghost Watchers
Simcoe County Virtual Theatre Initiative
Mno Bimaadiziwin

Bring the Bay Home
Emerging Director Project Showcase
24 Hour Playwriting Contest

Stars Come Out
The Cenotaph Project
Cavernes des Caribous

Stars Come Out
Mary of Shanty Bay
Northern Lights

Stars Come Out
The Five Points
Land of Make Believe
We Must Have More Men!

Stars Come Out
We Must Have More Men!
Adventure Island

Stars Come Out
The Nine Mile Portage
As You Like It
Shakey-Shake and Friends

Stars Come Out
The Nine Mile Portage
City of Angels
The Three Munschketeers

Stars Come Out
The Nine Mile Portage
Romeo and Juliet
Munsch Ado about Nothing
Crazy For You

Stars Come Out
Man of La Mancha
Merry Wives of Windsor
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang

Stars Come Out
The Tempest
Treasure Island - the Pirate Musical

Stars Come Out
Taming of the Shrew
Aladdin and Jasmine’s Summer Adventure

Stars Come Out
Twelfth Night
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell’s Summer Adventure

Stars Come Out
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Cinderella’s Summer Adventure

Stars Come Out
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Sleeping Beauty’s Summer Adventure

Stars Come Out
Much Ado About Nothing
Snow White’s Summer Adventure

Stars Come Out
Comedy of Errors
The Tale of Beauty and the Beast

Stars Come Out
As You Like It
Robin Hood

Stars Come Out
Romeo and Juliet
Treasure Island

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre by the Bay
55 Dunlop Street East, Unit 1
Barrie, Ontario L4M 1A2, Canada

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Phone: (705) 735-9243

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