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Barrie Theatre Lab

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To have your script workshopped, just send it to

Important Information

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

Admission is free!

Next Lab Day

Monday, April 3rd
Barrie Public Library (Worsley Branch)

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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 and the City of Barrie’s Cultural Grant Program

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Professional Workshop Series

Next Workshop

There are no upcoming workshops at this time. But please stay tuned as there will be more on the way!

    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 hosts celebrated professional theatre artists as they provide workshops on different areas of theatre creation, for a nominal fee.

    From 2020-2022, workshops were run once a month between 2-4 hours - at the discretion of the instructor. Going forward, workshops will be subject to the company's capacity. 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.

    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 was presented with support from

    Past Workshops Included

    • 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 Co-Op

    The Indie Producer Co-op provides four emerging artists with a ground-level education in producing theatre.

    Participants receive a two-week intensive that investigate 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 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 Co-op will return in 2023 with some exciting developments. Stay tuned!

    Past Participants


    Chloë Rose Flowers
    Ece Aydin 

    Alondra Vega-Zaldivar

    Sabrina Merks

    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

    The 24 Hour Playwriting Contest

    Contest Date and Time

    There are no contest dates at this time. Stay tuned for more info!

    Past Winners


    Gordon James Haney - The Prom Queen of Junktopia


    Megan Adam - The Cowgirl of Suburbia


    Brendan Main - The Devil Came Down to Midland

    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 offers a 24 hour playwriting contest!

    Participants 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!

    Mailing List

    To find out about more events like these, sign up for our free exclusive Barrie Theatre Lab mailing list to ‘keep in the know’ about upcoming opportunities, as well as local theatrical events, training, audition notices, and much more!

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    Barrie, Ontario L4M 1A2, Canada

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