Theatre Ontario Festival 2014

May 14 to 18, 2014


The annual Theatre Ontario Festival is:

  • a showcase of outstanding community theatre productions
  • a classroom for passionate, dedicated community theatre artists
  • a celebration of excellence in community theatre
  • a destination bringing together theatre lovers from across the province

2014 Hosts

Theatre Ontario Festival 2014 is co-hosted by Theatre Sarnia, the Western Ontario Drama League, and Theatre Ontario.

WODL Theatre_Sarnia

Alliance FabricatingThanks to Alliance Fabricating, our Corporate Festival Sponsor.

2014 Festival Performance Schedule

Individual shows are $25 per night. The brunch is $32. There is a package of four shows and the brunch for $130.

You can order online (there is a fee for on-line ticket orders) or call the box office at 1.519.344.7469 (open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm).  In order to get the package you must call the Box Office.

The performances will be at the Imperial Theatre, 168 N. Christina St., Sarnia (map)

The awards brunch will be at the Festival Hotel at noon.

Date Production Theatre Association
May 14
Doubt: A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley
Theatre Kent
(Southwestern Ontario)
May 15
Lenin's Embalmers
by Vern Thiessen
The Curtain Club
(Richmond Hill)
(Greater Toronto Area
and Central Ontario)
May 16

Glengarry Glen Ross
by David Mamet

(WARNING: language)

Gateway Theatre Guild
(North Bay)

(Northeastern Ontario)

May 17
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonagh
Peterborough Theatre Guild EODL
(Eastern Ontario)

Join us in the Ron Lawton Gallery for the After Glow Parties after each performance.

2014 Festival Education Schedule

When What Where Details
Thursday, May 15
Detailed Adjudication
of Doubt: A Parable
Festival Hotel  
Thursday, May 15
Playwright-in-Person with David S. Craig Festival Hotel Read more
Friday, May 16
Detailed Adjudication
of Lenin's Embalmers
Festival Hotel  
Friday, May 16
"Director's Vision"
Adjudicator's Workshop with Bea Quarrie
Festival Hotel Read more
Saturday, May 17
Detailed Adjudication
of Glengarry Glen Ross
Festival Hotel  
Saturday, May 17
"Community Theatre Forum Follow-Up"
Workshop with Carol Beauchamp
Festival Hotel Read more
Sunday, May 18
Detailed Adjudication
of The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Festival Hotel  

2014 Adjudicator

Bea Quarrie

Our Theatre Ontario Festival 2014 adjudicator is Bea Quarrie.

As an adjudicator, director, and performer, Bea has always believed in the transformative power of the arts.She has directed over 85 shows, some represented Canada at International Festivals in Japan, Germany, Aruba, and Venezuela, as well as in Canada.She has been active in educational, amateur, and professional theatre, served on regional, provincial, and national committees, arts councils, theatre companies and theatre service organizations.She has adjudicated all over Ontario for Sears and regional Festivals, co-founded five professional theatre companies in Peterborough, taught and directed in China, performed in over 100 productions, and is the subject of two films.In her spare time she paints and exhibits large abstracts with the Abstract Ten group of painters.Directing Hedda Gabler (Peterborough) and Spamalot (Cobourg) back to back this past year, exemplifies the range of her interests.

Read more about the Adjudicator's Workshop: "Director's Vision"

2014 Playwright-In-Person

David_S_CraigOur Playwright-in-Person at Festival 2014 is David S. Craig.  David will be reading on the afternoon of Thursday, May 15.

David S. Craig is one of Canada’s most prolific and successful dramatists.  He has written 29 professionally produced dramatic works including his hit comedy Having Hope at Home and the internationally acclaimed Danny, King of the Basement which has been seen by over half a million people in North America alone.

Read more about David S. Craig, Playwright-in-Person

2014 Honourary Chair

Chris HadfieldTheatre Ontario is thrilled to welcome Chris Hadfield as our Honourary Festival Chair for Theatre Ontario Festival 2014. Sarnia-born, he became an international icon during his time as Commander of the International Space Station, sharing commentary and images, and connecting audiences on Earth with the spectacle of space.

Read Chris Hadfield's Honourary Festival Chair message

2014 Awards

award_elsietrophyRead about the 2014 Theatre Ontario Festival Award recipients.

The Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre was presented to Bev Dietrich at the Awards Brunch on May 18

Visit Sarnia

The Festival Hotel is the Holiday Inn Sarnia / Point Edward Hotel and Conference Centre
1498 Venetian Boulevard, Point Edward ON, N7T 7W6

On Site Reservations: 519.336.8667

The room rates will be $89.00 per night for a room with two double beds ($109.00 for the same room which includes breakfast voucher for two people) and $99.00 for a room with a king-sized bed ($119.00 for the room with breakfast voucher for two people.)  To obtain this special pricing simply reference the code 'Theatre Ontario Festival'

2014 Technical Package

Read technical information about the Imperial Theatre

For More Information

For more information about the Theatre Ontario Festival, please contact Anne Mooney, Community Theatre Coordinator, at or 416.408.4556 x.14.

Discuss Theatre Ontario Festival 2014 on the Theatre Ontario Blog

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Read about past Theatre Ontario Festivals


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