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Welcome to our 2023 season.

"The theme that emerges for this season is around shattering ceilings. This theme is not just present in our shows, but Theatre by the Bay in general. We are continuing to punch above our weight and defy expectations. People are taking notice."

- Artistic Director Iain Moggach


Two world premieres based on local stories from Barrie's history
The second annual Simcoe County Theatre Festival
Expanded educational programming
A feature length documentary film

Marking Theatre by the Bay's 20th season, Twenty Years by the Bay is a documentary film that chronicles the company's history, evolution, and vision for the future. Featuring over 20 interviews from company artists, staff members, and community members. A touching story about the challenges, triumphs, and heartbreaks that can come with making theatre in regional communities.

Our Gala Night & Premiere Screening was on July 7, 2023
The Five Points Theatre

Watch the film on-demand now!

The Simcoe County Theatre Festival returns with six new productions written, directed, and performed by local artists. A play for every taste, including stoner comedy, dramas, and even an opera. 

Canoe Lake
Written by Megan Adam
Directed by Shanda Bezic

Summer resident Winnie Trainor accidentally meets Tom Thomson when he comes to Canoe Lake to paint. What follows is a poignant tale of wild non-conforming love that ends in the untimely and mysterious death of a Canadian artist.

July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

Planet of the Apps
Written by Kristian Diesen
Directed by Samantha Cole

Come meet our middle-aged human as they navigate love, loneliness, golf addictions and the search for validation online. Whether in a mirror or through a screen, what does love look like in the 21st century?

July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

Site #420
Created by Black Cat Studios
Directed by Archie Ballantyne

A group of four "stoner" friends finally make time to go on that camping trip together, until one friend goes mysteriously missing.

July 12, 15, 16, 19, 22 & 23

Created by Alondra Vega-Zaldivar
Directed by Valeria Bravo Reyes

A one-woman opera that follows the life of a theatre actress. She recounts her life and lustrous career to a room full of reporters, but as the stories begin to unfold, her world crumbles into a brutal reality.

July 12, 15, 16, 19, 22 & 23

Written by Michelle Greig
Directed by Betony Main

Two women find themselves in a pub restroom during a funeral wake. As they face the reality of loss, Stalling gives an honest portrayal of love had, love lost, and love stolen.

July 15, 16, 20, 22 & 23

Stiff and Sons
Written by Aidan Gouveia
Directed by Rochelle Reynolds

With their funeral home on the edge of bankruptcy, one family resorts to extreme measures to save their dying business.

July 15, 16, 20, 22 & 23

July 12 - 23, 2023
The Five Points Theatre

Presented by Am Shalom Synagogue

The uplifting story of a true Canadian sports icon, Fanny "Bobbie" Rosenfeld. Bobbie chronicles her family's harrowing journey as they fled from the violence and turmoil of Russia to the safety of Barrie. It was here that she developed the passion for sport and began her incredible journey to become an Olympic champion.

August 30 - September 10, 2023
The Five Points Theatre

The newest play by Governor General's Award-winning playwright, Vern Thiessen. A gritty, edge of your seat thriller. It's the height of the Great Depression and two desperate brothers commit an act of vengeance and defiance against their employer who threatens to take away an important part of their livelihood - harvesting ice on Kempenfelt Bay.

On stage November 1 - 12, 2023
The Five Points Theatre

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Our education programming continues to expand. The Barrie Theatre Lab will keep running on a monthly basis in 2023 (except for July-August). The Spark Development Series, our new play development and educational program, will provide local playwrights with workshops and mentorship under the guidance of program coordinator, Leah Holder.

Plus, Indie Producer Co-op is now a national program, with three different Co-ops running in 2023!

Our full list of educational programs:

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