Barrie Theatre Lab
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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Professional Workshop Series
The Artistic Self
Sunday, June 13th, 1pm-4pm (EST), on Zoom.
This workshop focuses on developing and sustaining self within an artistic practice, to better understand how to come into relationship with community. Through decolonizing theatre methodology and expressions of Philip and Tawiah’s unique artistic practice, the participants will be introduced to tools and resources to ground their process in the creative self. This workshop is suitable for all artists looking to engage with new processes of creation.
REGISTER ONLINE HERE.
Past Workshops Include
It all starts here!
Are you looking to learn how to write, or create, a play? Wanting to expand your skill set as a theatre creator? Theatre by the Bay’s professional workshop series is the place for you!
With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Theatre by the Bay will host celebrated professional theatre artists as they provide workshops on different areas of theatre creation, for a nominal fee.
Workshops will be held once a month and will run for between 2-4 hours - at the discretion of the instructor. To ensure a high level of quality training, only a certain number of spots will be available. The number of spots may differ depending on the approach/subject matter.
To secure your spot, purchase a ticket through the Eventbrite link to the left.
Please note: Theatre by the Bay is committed to the development of the local theatre community. To ensure accessibility to this unparalleled level of training, we are charging a nominal fee for participation in our workshops. However, we recognize that times are difficult and that fees can be a barrier to some. If your circumstances make participation difficult, but you are eager to learn, we ask that you reach out to us and we will look to accommodate you as much as possible at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Professional Workshop Series is presented with support from
Indie Producer’s Co-Op
May - June 2021
The Indie Producer’s Co-op provides two students from a professional theatre school training program with a ground-level education in producing theatre.
Participants receive a two-week intensive that investigated the vital role of the producer. They learn what it took 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.
The Indie Producer’s Co-op is run by Artistic Director (and inaugural Indie Producer) Iain Moggach, overseen by Leah Holder, and with assistance from Patricia Hammond. Guest instructors are also brought in to provide expertise in all aspects of theatre producing.
The Indie Producer’s Co-op is generously supported by Angela Baldwin.
Our 2020 Indie Producers Were:
Olivia Cameron and Renisha Henry
Isaac is a Toronto-based actor and director currently living in Alliston and graduating from the University of Toronto - St. George Campus with a major in Performance Acting and double minors in English and Equity Studies. Select acting credits from UofT's Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies include Laertes (Hamlet), Macbeth (Macbeth), and as Puck, Peter Quince, and Philostrate (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Isaac has also held directing roles within his time as an undergraduate student, including associate directing the play I Wrote You This Letter within TomorrowLove by Rosamund Small for his fourth-year Mainstage Showcase.
Isaac hopes to one day work as a professional theatre, film, and television actor and director, and is super excited and grateful to be able to experience the world of producing theatre by working with Theatre By The Bay. As a queer person of colour, Isaac hopes to create art which will inspire current and future generations of young queer/BIPOC artists to work toward creating healing and impactful stories with authentic representation, and which celebrate the experience of queerness and being a person of colour unapologetically.
Sabrina Weinstein is a producer, director and actor finishing her fourth year of study at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance Studies. She has been working as a producer for the past two years, Executive Producing at The UC Follies Theatre Company, as well as co-founding and producing for Quirky Cabaret - a non-for-profit sketch comedy theatre company. As a director, Sabrina recently directed and produced a filmed adaptation of Joan Macleod’s The Shape of a Girl in association with the Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance Studies at U of T as part of their Director’s Showcase.
Favourite acting credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, The Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, Imogen in Cymbeline, Jenny in The Theory of Relativity, Chorus in Agamemnon, and Cordelia in a production of Falsettos currently postponed due to the pandemic. She has been producing theatre both in-person and digitally - from brick and mortar theatres and unconventional spaces, to Zoom and Spotify. Sabrina is ready to start a career in producing, hoping to one day found and produce for her own Shadow-Cast theatre company, and is so grateful to Theatre By The Bay for taking her on as an Indie Producer.
Emerging Director Project
Presented by the RBC Emerging Artist Project
March - August 2021
Alex's passion for theatre started in high school. Her interest in directing was sparked with her participation in the National Theatre School Drama Festival with her own written work, Dear Adam.
After high school she partnered with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre to write and direct Stage Three: The Wandering which was presented at the Five Points Theatre in 2018. The following year, Stage Three: The Wandering toured throughout Simcoe County high schools.
Recently, Alex is an aspiring playwright and director studying at York University. She is going into her fourth year of the Performance Creation stream with a focus on playwriting. She has begun to tackle pandemic theatre with online resources. This can be seen in the performance of The Ashley Plays in the fourth year Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy class (available on YouTube!), and through stage managing Falling In, Walking Out in the student run playGround Festival.
She is excited to see what comes next, and is forever grateful for opportunities like the Emerging Director Project to further her growth and education.
Keara Voo is a showtune-singing, book-loving, trash-TV-binging thespian who grew up in Barrie.
Theatre stole her heart at the ripe age of 8 when she starred in her first elementary school production of Mighty Minds: The Musical, and she hasn’t looked back. Since then, she has worked both on stage and backstage for a variety of productions, most recently directing a live-streamed performance of the original 10-minute play Sometimes I Feel Like I'm Not Even Me for the OR Festival in Vancouver, BC and performing as Daphne Stillington in Knockout Theatre Company's Zoom Performance of Present Laughter.
She also has taken an interest in film, studying screenwriting at Vancouver Film School and producing “Talk It Out” – an official selection of the Montreal Independent Film Festival.
She is excited to come back home to work with TBTB and is grateful to her friends and family for their support as she chases this crazy dream of finally one day creating a show-stopping show.
Past Emerging Director Participants
2020 - Korol Pikulik and Valeria Bravo
24 Hour Playwriting Contest
Contest Date and Time
The 2020 contest is over.
Our 2020 Winner
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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 hosts a 24 hour playwriting contest!
You will 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!
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