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Alexandra Gaudet and Keara Voo

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. 

Alexandra and Keara begin their work this coming week with in-class training on theatre direction. They will also be connected with guest directors and artists who will share their insights with the participants.

Utilizing what they have learnt, Keara and Alex will 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.

Please extend good vibes to Alexandra and Keara as they embark on this remarkable adventure!

The RBC Emerging Director Project is made possible by...
RBC, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, the City of Barrie
and Theatre by the Bay's generous Members and donors.

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.

Interested in WRITING for the Emerging Director Project?

Two playwrights will work with TBTB’s RBC Emerging Directors to develop shows that will be presented through live-streamed performances for audiences across the world to enjoy.

This is a paid opportunity! Click the button below for the details.
Playwright opportunity
Also coming up...
Barrie Theatre Lab #43
April 5th, 2021
7-10 PM


Are you a budding playwright living in Simcoe County? Are you an actor who wants to work on cold-reading skills? Are you looking to network with local artists? On November 2nd, from 7 to 10 PM, come on out to TBTB's Barrie Theatre Lab; a once-a-month get-together for playwrights and actors to have new scenes and plays read out loud.
Click here for more information on the Barrie Theatre Lab
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