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2023 Simcoe County Theatre Festival Auditions

Audition for the 2023 Simcoe County Theatre Festival! Here's what you need to know. 


Rehearsals will begin on May 1st and be held at the call of the individual show's stage manager and director. Artists are required to attend a dramaturgy workshop on Sunday, May 7th. Tech week will run July 8th to 11th and a schedule will be provided in advance by the Production Manager. Performances will run from July 12th to 23rd and artists should anticipate regular performances during this time period. Specific show times will be provided at the start of rehearsals. 


All actors will receive an honorarium for their involvement in the Festival.


This is a general audition call to fill ten roles in three shows. Of the ten:

  • One (1) is a male-identifying actor in his late 30s-early 50s;
  • Two (2) are male-identifying actors in their 20s-early 30s;
  • Seven (7) are female-identifying actors in their 20s-early 30s.

Specific character traits are indicated on the audition sides, found here.


There are two options to audition for the Festival this year, of which you can only choose one.

1) Submit a self-tape reading a short (2 minutes, 30 seconds max) monologue and one of the audition sides. No in-person audition is required.

2) Request an in-person audition for Sunday, April 2nd in Barrie, where you'll read a short (2 minutes, 30 seconds max) monologue and one of the audition sides. No self-tape submission is required.

For either option, you'll fill out this Google Form with all the required audition information. Please ensure you read the full audition posting below for all relevant submission information. If you have questions about the form or audition process, please email

The deadline to submit for an audition is Wednesday, March 29th, 2023 at 5pm EST.





Our shows would not be possible without our volunteers! We are always looking for people who are eager and ready to jump in and have fun. It takes 50 - 60 volunteers to make our season a success.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, all age groups, and all levels of experience. We have teenagers, retirees and everyone in between. Best of all, no experience is required to volunteer - just plenty of enthusiasm!

To make your life easier, Theatre by the Bay manages all of its volunteer shifts through Tandempark. This amazing free (and secure) software allows you to see what shifts are coming up, receive notifications before your shift, and much more! All volunteers will be required to create an account before their first shift.

The Theatre by the Bay work culture:

  • We are passionate about live theatre, the performing arts, and our local arts community;
  • We believe in inclusivity and diversity;
  • We are proud ambassadors for our theatre company in the community;
  • We excel in a collaborative, fun, and creative environment;
  • We are resourceful, compassionate, intuitive, and innovative.

What would make you a great candidate?

  • You demonstrate a passion for Theatre by the Bay’s programming and artistic vision;
  • You possess exceptional communications abilities and basic computer skills;
  • You are a thoughtful decision maker and a collaborative team member;
  • You are organized and have a strong attention to detail;
  • You have a good sense of humour and strong work ethic;
  • You can work in a fast-paced environment and are calm under pressure.

The Nick Baillie Award for Volunteer of the Year

The Nick Baillie Award for Volunteer of the Year is our way of honouring volunteers who went above and beyond during their respective season. The recipients are publicly announced at our Season Launch event.

Philip Lock (2015)

Alex Pavlik (2016)

Mary Bransfield (2017)

Judith and Edward Banville (2018)

Sandy Bishop (2019)

Brenda Thompson (2020)

Lesley Coo (2021)

Join our volunteer list!

All volunteers are invited to read the following attachment pertaining to volunteering.

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Theatre by the Bay is committed to hiring, showcasing, and developing artists within Simcoe County. Hiring preference will be given to those who live in, were raised in, or have family within Barrie and/or Simcoe County.

Theatre by the Bay promotes an environment of equity, inclusion, and diversity. Artists from under-represented communities, especially those who live within Simcoe County, are highly encouraged to apply for employment.

Unfortunately, no opportunities are available at this time.

Theatre by the Bay
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Barrie, Ontario L4M 1A2, Canada

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