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Important Information

Date & Time
First Monday of every month
Begins at 7:00 PM

Admission is free!

Next Lab Day

Monday, November 1st
Barrie Public Library
6pm-9pm EST
(note the time difference)


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 Workshops

Writing Political Theatre

With Andrew Moodie
Saturday, October 23rd, 1pm-5pm
Kiwanis Pavilion, Allandale Station Park

This is a FREE workshop, presented in partnership with UPLift Black. Award-winning playwright and actor Andrew Moodie will take you through the fundamentals of how to write a piece of political theatre. Using his techniques you will be able to write from a place of personal authenticity, creating three-dimensional characters with unique voices and political messages.

Spots are limited:


Unleashing Your Voice With Shakespeare's Verse

With Paul de Jong
Sunday, October 24th, 1pm-4pm
Kiwanis Pavilion, Allandale Station Park

In this workshop, you will discover how the poetic structure of Shakespeare’s verse can connect you deeply to your own voice and imagination. Through a combination of voice exercises and a practical exploration of Shakespeare’s use of rhythm, imagery and sound you will begin to unlock the incredible power of his language for yourself and free up your voice for a greater and more flexible range of expression in the process. Texts to be provided.

Spots are limited:


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

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 2021 Indie Producers were:

Isaac Pilozo and Sabrina Weinstein

Isaac Pilozo


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


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.

Past Participants

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 are:

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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