Barrie Theatre Lab
To have your script workshopped, just send it to email@example.com
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Next Lab Day
It's back to Theatre Lab season!
What will you create?
Are you a budding playwright living in Simcoe County? The Barrie Theatre Lab is a once-a-month get-together for playwrights seeking to have new scenes and plays read out loud. No piece is too small, rough, or new!
To date, the Barrie Theatre Lab has workshopped more than 100 plays by more than 40 playwrights from as far away as Toronto and Haliburton!
Even if you’re not a playwright, come on out! The Barrie Theatre Lab is open to the local theatre community as a place where we can come together, talk about new work, and network.
Actors are especially welcome as we will need lots of readers! For actors, reading new scenes and plays is an important way to practice your craft. Being able to read a scene you haven’t had much time to rehearse is a very important part of getting work as an actor.
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Spark Development Series
Applications are now closed. We'll announce the scripts selected for this opportunity later in the summer!
Develop your script!
The Spark Development Series is a script development program that provides local Simcoe County playwrights the opportunity to further develop their new scripts.
Selected scripts will receive a one-day new play development workshop, led by Dramaturg & Education Co-ordinator, Leah Holder, working with paid actors. Playwrights will also receive additional dramaturgical support and professional guidance on avenues where the playwright can receive further guidance on their new script.
BIPOC playwrights and artists with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Playwrights will receive an honorarium for their involvement in the program.
This opportunity is for playwrights in Simcoe County only. First drafts of a script will not be considered: any script submitted must have more than one draft completed to qualify.
Indie Producer Co-Op
THE INDIE PRODUCER CO-OP IS GOING NATIONAL
In 2023, the Indie Producer Co-op will provide six emerging theatre artists a paid opportunity to learn producing through virtual instruction and on-the-job placement. For the first time in it's eight year history, the program will accept applicants from across Canada.
Participants receive a two-week intensive that investigates the vital role of the producer. They learn what it takes to run a professional theatre company, when to say yes or no to projects, how to develop a realistic budget, how to make sure your project stands out for grants, what factors lead to a well-attended production, and much more.
This intensive is followed by four weeks of unparalleled job training. Participants work on Theatre by the Bay’s season in a variety of capacities. In the past, these have included marketing, audience development, fundraiser development, sponsorship accrual, and production management. Out-of-town participants are flown to Barrie and will receive accommodations, per diems and travel expenses from their home covered by the company.
For the first time, participants will also receive four weeks of paid internship at a theatre company of their choosing, to expand upon the skills they have learned. Artists in Simcoe County will have this internship take place at Theatre by the Bay.
The Indie Producer Co-op is run by Artistic Director (and inaugural Indie Producer) Iain Moggach and overseen by Dramaturg & Education Program Co-ordinator, Leah Holder.
The first round of our Indie Producer Program is underway! Check out the Indies for the Spring session:
Monica Gate is a neurodivergent, LGBTQ+, actor, producer, playwright, and performing arts instructor. She's worked with theatres across Canada such as Theatre YES, Workshop West, Grindstone Theatre, Talk is Free Theatre, and Thou Art Here Theatre.
Teddy is a Filipino-Chinese immigrant by way of Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. As a nomadic citizen who grew up in multiple countries, his work centres around bridging cultures and intercultural identities. An all-rounder exploring various disciplines, he is particularly curious about the relationships immigrants have between our homelands and how we came to be in this land.
Through his work as a producer, Teddy hopes to facilitate work that breaks barriers and allows emerging immigrant artists the opportunity for their voices to be heard. Past credits include Grover/Mr. D in The Lightning Thief (CTORA), Collaborator in buto/buto: bones are seeds (NPC3, SEACHS, ACAT), Peter in The Violin (Peach Street), and Assistant Director for Courage Now (Firehall Arts Centre).
We'll welcome two more Indie Producers in 2023 after Monica and Teddy!
FALL: Connor Jesso & Melissa MacGougan (working on Icemen)
Chloë Rose Flowers
The 24 Hour Playwriting Contest
Contest Date and Time
There are no contest dates at this time. Stay tuned for more info!
Gordon James Haney - The Prom Queen of Junktopia
Megan Adam - The Cowgirl of Suburbia
Brendan Main - The Devil Came Down to Midland
The perfect opportunity to dive into playwriting!
Are you a budding playwright from the Simcoe County region?
As part of the City of Barrie’s Culture Days festivities, Theatre by the Bay offers a 24 hour playwriting contest!
Participants have 24 hours to write a one act script (ie. no more than 45 minutes to read) that must incorporate three secret requirements. Those requirements will be published here on our website, as well as through our social media channels at the start of the contest.
24 hour contests are a fantastic way to dive into playwriting, or to push yourself to create something in a condensed amount of time. No procrastination allowed with this one!
To find out about more events like these, sign up for our free exclusive Barrie Theatre Lab mailing list to ‘keep in the know’ about upcoming opportunities, as well as local theatrical events, training, audition notices, and much more!