Barrie Theatre Lab

Submission Information

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Important Information

Date & Time
First Monday of every month
Begins at 6:00 PM

Admission is free!

Next Lab Day

The Barrie Theatre Lab is on hiatus for the summer and will return in September 2022!

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.

Generously supported by: Anna Small, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the City of Barrie’s Cultural Grant Program

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Professional Workshop Series

Next Workshop

Action and Objectives

With Nicole Wilson

Friday, June 24th

IN-PERSON at the Five Points Theatre
1 Dunlop Street West, Barrie, ON

Part of the Simcoe County Theatre Festival

This workshop is for any actor or director eager to learn more about, and practice using, action, objectives, and tactics in the rehearsal room. Based on the work of Stanislavski, this is essential training for performers looking to specify and strengthen their table work and onstage performance. 

No experience with these skills is necessary - just a willingness to get up on your feet and try!


    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:

    The Professional Workshop Series is presented with support from

    Past Workshops Include

    • The Basics with Vern Thiessen
    • Game Recognize Game with Michael Healey
    • The Art of Adaptation with Erin Shields
    • Exploring Indigenous Theatre Practices with Kevin Loring and Herbie Barnes
    • Story Structure for Playwrights with Hannah Moscovitch
    • Writing with the Body with Augusto Bitter
    • Crafting Character & Sustaining Tension with Bilal Baig
    • New Play Development in the New Age with Nina Lee Aquino
    • The Artist Self with Tawiah Ben M'Carthy and Philip Geller
    • Voice with Debora Joy
    • Making your Parameters your Friends with Mark Crawford
    • Unleashing Your Voice with Shakespeare's Verse with Paul de Jong
    • Writing for Audio Drama with Beverley Cooper

    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.

    Our 2022 Indie Producers are:

    Chloë Rose Flowers & Ece Aydin

    Chloë Rose Flowers (she/her)

    Chloë Rose Flowers is a producer, actor, director, and playwright. She is currently finishing her Drama, Theatre, and Performance Specialist at the University of Toronto. Chloë has a passion for bringing classical, historical, and mythological stories into the realm of the present and placing them in conversation with contemporary issues. This past year, she has been Executive Producing for the St. Michael’s College Troubadours. She successfully produced their largest season ever whilst navigating ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines. Chloë is also an elected member of the University of Toronto Drama Coalition as communications coordinator and is a recent winner of the Pia Kleber Scholarship for excellence in theatrical performance at U of T. Previous experience also includes being an Assistant Producer for the Victoria College Drama Society, and an Assistant Artistic Director for the Art Project Collective. Chloë is extremely excited to work with Theatre by the Bay, and eager to learn and grow as an emerging producer.

    Ece Aydin (she/her)

    Ece Aydin is a theatre maker originally from Turkey. Her experience as an artist spans over disciplines and borders. She is an award-winning dance choreographer, performer with experience on stage and screen, and a visual artist who has received public recognition for her work. She is an aspiring producer, director and playwright and is currently in her final year of the Humber Theatre Performance program. After graduating, she plans on combining her training and experience in the contemporary and devised theatre disciplines with her lifelong interest in producing new works. She is honoured to be taking part in the Indie Producer’s Co-op this year and looks forward to learning from industry leaders.

    Past Participants

    Isaac Pilozo
    Sabrina Weinstein

    Olivia Cameron
    Renisha Henry

    Cassandra Davidson
    Sansom Marchand

    Pascale Behrman
    Rachel Moore

    Andrew Cameron
    Jake Runeckles

    Brandon Nicoletti
    Brina Romanek

    Samantha Holland
    Iain Moggach

    Emerging Director Project

    Presented by the RBC Emerging Artist Project

    March - August 2021
    About the RBC Emerging Director Project

    The RBC Emerging Director Project provides two emerging directors from the Simcoe County community with the opportunity to receive unprecedented training and showcasing opportunities. This program is exclusively for emerging artists who are either studying, looking to study, or are in the early stages of their practice in theatre direction.

    The selected participants begin their work with flexibly-scheduled in-class training on theatre direction. They are also connected with guest directors and artists who will share their insights with the participants.

    Utilizing what they have learnt, the directors put their skills into practice by collaborating on a script by a local playwright. In 2021, performances will be presented virtually and will occur in late July 2021.

    The 2021 participants of the Emerging Director Project were:

    Alexandra Gaudet and Keara Voo

    Instructing directors are Leah Holder (TBTB Director of The Cenotaph Project, We Must Have More Men!) and Iain Moggach (TBTB Artistic Director and award-winning theatre instructor).

    The RBC Emerging Director Project is supported by funding through the RBC Emerging Artist Project, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the City of Barrie’s Cultural Grant Program.

    Alexandra Gaudet

    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

    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

    Past RBC Emerging Artists

    2019 - Delphine Guet-McCreight

    2018 - Brandon Nicoletti

    2017 - Abigail Kennedy

    2016 - Leah Holder

    2015 - James Wallis

    The 24 Hour Playwriting Contest

    Contest Date and Time

    Contest Started: October 15th, 2021 at 6pm
    Contest Ended: October 16th, 2021 at 6pm

    Our 2021 Judges were:

    • Gwyn Beaver
    • Brandon Crone
    • Bruce Naokwegijig

    Submissions are now
    closed. Thank you to those
    who submitted!

    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 is back with its 24 hour playwriting contest for the second year in a row!

    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!

    This initiative is generously supported by the City of Barrie and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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