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 The Barrie Theatre Lab

March 2021 second edition (#42b)

Come see what we have in store for this month, and what is going on across Simcoe County!
Thank you to everyone who attended last night's Lab! 

To follow up, here is a reminder of what we have in store for our second March Lab.

March 15th, 2021
7-10 PM
Register for the second March Lab here
The March 15th's readings will be...

March 15th
Jumping to Conclusions by Trudee Romanek
The Attic by Aaron McPherson
Seance by Leah Holder
Star Child by Stephen Bainborough
Window Seat by Nancy Chapple Smokler
Long Overdue by Sandy Bishop
Stumped by Lori McIntyre
The next Workshop instructor will be:

Augusto Bitter

Details on the Professional Workshop Series will be revealed in the next few days! Stay tuned!
Professional Workshop Series
TBTB's Spark Session
Tuesday March 9th, 2021
7:00 - 9:30 PM

Theatre by the Bay's Spark Sessions are (virtual) hangouts to help you "spark" writing ideas for your next creative adventure!

There are short, facilitated writing sessions to help get the juices flowing, followed by free writing time.

There may also be a discussion at the end. Think of this as an "accountability session"--time to create!
Register for the Spark Session
Toronto Fringe - Digital New Play Contest

The Digital New Play Contest is now open for applications! Win a cash prize of $2000 and a spot in the 2021 Digital Fringe.

Do you have an idea for how to make a digital space come to life? Can you imagine a way to use a digital platform (Zoom, etc.) to bring people together for a live theatrical experience? At a time when so many of us feel isolated, this prize calls for applications that bring people together and push the boundaries of what’s possible online.

Your script should be unique, original, and well-suited to the online environment. You should address how this piece will be performed digitally, live, in real time, on a digital platform of your choice.
Learn more about Digital New Play Contest

Call for Submissions

EmerGENce Theatre is accepting applications for plays and screenplays under 20 minutes!

Deadline to submit is March 6th.

- Anyone is welcome to submit - regardless of experience.
- Submissions can be for either a stage play or a fim/tv script, so long as it is under 20 pages.
- 4 scripts will be chosen and showcased as part of an online performance.
- Each script will be assigned a director, and cast of actors.
- This is a volunteer opportunity.

- Each script will receive 4 meetings conducted over video (Zoom, Facetime, etc.). 1 script workshop, 2 rehearsals, and 1 dress rehearsal. These will occur during the month of March and early April. Writers are only required to attend the script workshop.
- The performance will occur sometime in mid to late April.
- The exact timing will be determined based upon the availability of directors, writers, and actors.

- Send your scripts to '' with your name and script title in the info line.
- If you would like to direct or act in your own play, please send a cover letter, resumé, and headshot (if acting) along with your application. Doing so will not guarantee that you will be chosen, but you will be under consideration.

Urge the City of Barrie to support Barrie's cultural community.

With the City's recent decision to cancel its lease on the Georgian Theatre - without any consultation by the creative community - they effectively laid bare the glaring issues regarding how the City is handling and supporting its cultural community. 

We urge everyone to take the following steps:
1. Sign the petition pressuring the City to restore the lease on the Georgian Theatre (and encourage others to do the same).
2. Vote using Barrie's Uservoice software to establish an Arts and Culture Committee (under 'new') and to 'Properly address the void to arts and culture in Barrie created by terminating the lease...' (under 'rising').
3. If you live in Barrie, contact your City Councillor (as well as the Directors of Recreation and Culture - Rob Bell and the Director of Economic and Creative Development - Stephannie Schlichter and put pressure on them to...

- Immediately re-open conversations about the Georgian Theatre and find solutions that do not include closure until the Fisher Auditorium is completed.
- Establish a Theatre Task Force that will support keeping the Georgian Theatre open and expedite the process for the Fisher Auditorium.
- Establish an Official Arts and Culture Committee to oversee long-term growth of the cultural community, serve as a liaison between the cultural community, councillors, and staff, and provide the transparency requested by the cultural community.
- Complete a new Cultural Plan to replace the one which finished in 2016. It must include clear targets to ensure accountability to the public.
Barrie Uservoice
Contact your Councillor
If you would like some assistance, here is a letter you can draw from
Stage Whispers
A podcast about live theatre, both professional and amateur in Central Ontario.

Created by Barrie Theatre Lab veterans, Trudee Romanek, Kevin Scharf, and Nancy Chapple Smokler, Stage Whispers is a really exciting new initiative that not only reviews and explores the theatre of central Ontario, but also looks at the greater theatre world and how it is adapting to changes as a result of COVID-19.

It also features interviews with really incredible theatre people.

Stage Whispers can be found on any of the major podcasting channels, but below is their Spotify link.

Check out Stage Whispers on Spotify
Acting Through Song - with Instructor, Scott Hurst
No Strings Theatre

Online ACTING THROUGH SONG workshops will be starting up again in March/April with Instructor Scott Hurst.
For Ages 19 - 35 and 35+
Click here for No Strings Theatre's website
Ontario Musicians Co-operative Inc.

OMCI members and artist members of the community access free food each Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:30am - 12 noon, or by appointment. This food is provided for your personal consumption; it cannot be redistributed or sold under any circumstances.

All you have to do is place a free online order for pick up. This ensures you have maximum access to the items in stock, and can reserve them for pick up later in the day!

The location is 80 Bradford Street (Door 6) Unit 601.​

For more information, click the button below!

No More Starving Artists

Four Play Fridays
Presented by South Simcoe Theatre

As with most theatre companies, The South Simcoe Theatre in Cookstown was no exception in cancelling their on-stage 2020-21 season.  However, we are excited to announce that SST will be presenting Four Play Fridays starting in February!  Their annual play reading festival originally scheduled for June 2020 may have been postponed, but they aren’t letting that stand in their way.   

Monthly, from February through May, they will feature live streamed presentations of an eclectic variety of plays for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. They invite you join them on the South Simcoe Theatre YouTube Channel and help celebrate the works of some very talented Canadian playwrights, brought to life by an equally talented group of actors and directors.  For those who participate in TBTB’s monthly Theatre Lab, you will recognize a number of local playwrights who have used Theatre Lab as a launching point for the development and refinement of many of their works.

This will also be a fundraiser for The South Simcoe Theatre so any amount you can contribute to help keep this beloved community theatre afloat during this trying time will gratefully accepted. Details on how to access the performances, the full lineup, and how to donate to this pay-what-you-can event will be posted on their website at, as well as on their Facebook and Instagram pages closer to the first performance.  

Keep February 19th, March 19th, April 16th and May 21st at 7:30 pm free - because who doesn’t need a little Four Play in their lives!

For more information about this event, please message us via social media or at 

South Simcoe Theatre's Youtube Channel
By Michelle Hudson
Presented by Talk is Free Theatre


Manimals, a live, immersive experience driven by audience interaction, games, and performed over Zoom.

When virtual designer Michelle gets tired of online dating, she doesn’t give up. She turns it into a game. She creates simple criteria for her prospective partners she calls “Manimals”, the men who pose with exotic animals in their profile pictures.

Audience members will help Michelle navigate her interactions with these “Manimals” which include who she responds to, what she will wear, and how her evening will go.

Manimals is playful, interactive, and offers a glimpse into the world of online dating. This production contains mature content and not suitable for individuals under the age of 18.

Get tickets to Manimals
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