1. We're now accepting applications for our 2023 Festival!

The first ever Simcoe County Theatre Festival was a HUGE success, and now we're looking ahead to the 2023 Festival! 

Applications for playwrights/creators, directors, and bring your own team (BYOT) submissions are now open! If you would like to be a part of the 2023 Festival, now is the time to start polishing up your script and get your applications ready. We're extending the window for submissions until Monday, January 9, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

Important Information

The Festival will return in July 2023 and consist of six shows. Actor auditions will happen through March & April 2023, with workshopping and rehearsals starting shortly after casting is complete. 

All artists who are applying to be a part of the Festival must demonstrate a strong connection to Simcoe County in order to be considered. Artists will also be required to uphold and maintain TBTB's Code of Conduct and adhere to production requirements as set out by the Producer and Production Manager.

Submission Requirements

Please ensure you read all submission requirements on the Google Form correctly. 

Playwrights: your script must be 35-50 minutes in length (no shorter or longer) and must have a limit of five performers. You will also be required to submit a Letter of Intent and resumé.

Directors: you must demonstrate a strong tie to Simcoe County in your application. You will also be required to submit a Letter of Intent and resumé.

Bring Your Own Teams: you must submit profiles of all artists involved in the show. You are expected to fill these roles independently: a minimum of one playwright/creator, director, and a maximum of five performers (finding a stage manager and rehearsal venue is not required). In addition, you must submit a detailed project proposal that communicates your vision and goals to the Festival Committee. 

Equity-seeking Groups

Artists from Equity-seeking groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Theatre by the Bay follows the Ontario Arts Council framework for defining Equity-seeking groups: an artist of colour, a Francophone artist, a new generation artist (between 18-30), a disabled artist, or an artist part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Apply to the 2023 Festival!

Production Team

  • To be announced

Festival Committee

  • To be announced

Theatre by the Bay Staff

  • Artistic Director & Producer - Iain Moggach
  • Administrator - Patricia Hammond
  • Communications Officer - Khaleel Gandhi
  • Education & Creation Coordinator - Leah Holder

The Simcoe County Theatre Festival is developed with support from The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The City of Barrie, Fresh 93.1, Big 101 FM, and Theatre by the Bay's generous members, sponsors and donors. 


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