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  1. Audition for the 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 closed. We'll be announcing the full lineup of shows very soon.

For our actor friends, you can now audition for the Festival! Click the button below for more details. Actor submissions are due by Wednesday, March 29 at 5pm EST.

Audition Details

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the Simcoe County Theatre Festival running?

The Festival will run in July 2023, with dates to be announced in early 2023.

  • Can anyone apply to the Festival?

The Festival is created for artists who live in, work in or have strong connections to Simcoe County. All applicants must demonstrate their ties to the region in their applications.

  • Does my play need to be "fully complete" in order for me to submit it?

Not necessarily! Your play must be at a place where staging it in July 2023 can be feasible. Playwrights will be expected to further develop and workshop their scripts before and during the rehearsal process.

  • Does my play need to be centred around Simcoe County?

Not necessarily! It can be about anything, as long as you / your team are from Simcoe County or have strong ties to the area.

  • I have a team assembled for the BYOT category. Do I need to find a stage manager or production manager?

We'll provide a stage manager and production manager for you!

  • Do I need to submit a full script for the BYOT category?

Full scripts are great, but the committee will also consider detailed project proposals for experimental or devised pieces. Your application should give the committee a clear sense of what you want to accomplish and how you will do so. 

  • If my team isn't selected for the BYOT category, can I still be considered individually for a role?

Yes you can! However, you must indicate that on your submission form. There is a section on the application that you must select. If you do not select this option, you will not be automatically considered.

  • Are artists paid?

Yes! All artists are paid an honorarium for their work in the Festival. 

  • Are artists provided accommodation for the Festival?

Artists are responsible for arranging their own accommodation for the required rehearsal and performance dates. 


Production Team

  • Associate Producer (Metcalf Foundation Intern) - Sabrina Merks
  • Production Manager - Madeline Disera
  • Others to be announced

Festival Selection Committee

  • Iain Moggach (chair)
  • Patricia Hammond (secretary)
  • Khaleel Gandhi
  • Leah Holder
  • Alexandra Gaudet
  • Danielle Joy Kostrich
  • Liam Karry
  • Kate Hilliard
  • Ziigwen Mixemong

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, and Theatre by the Bay's generous members, sponsors and donors. 


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