All About TBTB

18 years of incredible live theatre

Many of our artists and collaborators at Biff Bang Barrie 2017.jpg

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 engage the diverse peoples of Barrie and Central Ontario.

It is also our mission 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.

In addition, 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 mandate is…

  • 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 develop educational programs for all ages and promote active participation in the performing arts.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • To forge partnerships with local community organizations and demonstrate the social importance and richness of the arts.

Our History

Barrie was astonished in 2002 when a large white tent sprang up in Heritage Park with a full company of professional actors. The shows became an annual summer tradition, as audiences fell in love with “theatre by the bay.” Since that fateful summer, Theatre by the Bay has gone on to produce more than 40 productions including Shakespeare, musicals, kids shows, and more recently, plays that focus upon Barrie and the local community.

Recent credits & awards

Mayor’s Innovation Awards

  • Not-for-Profit/Charitable Organization of the Year (2019 Finalist)

  • Not-for-Profit/Charitable Organization of the Year (2018 Finalist)

Barrie Business Awards

  • Not-for-Profit/Charitable Organization of the Year (2017 Finalist)

  • Young Professional of the Year – Iain Moggach, Executive Director (2018, 2017 Finalist)

  • Employee of the Year – Iain Moggach, Executive Director (2018 Finalist)

Barrie Examiner Reader’s Choice Awards

  • Best Live Theatre 2017

Barrie Arts Awards

  • Emerging Artist – Iain Moggach (2018 Finalist)

  • Excellence in the Arts – Alex Dault (2017)

  • Emerging Artist – Alex Dault (2015)


Recent Press

Barrie Today - Jul 22nd, 2019
REVIEW: The Cenotaph Project far from just another war story

Slotkin Letter - Jul 25th, 2019

Slotkin Letter - Jul 28th, 2019

Barrie Today - Oct 22, 2018
Theatre By The Bay names new artistic director