Theatre Ontario Festival 2015

Logo Festival2015 400HMay 13 to 17, 2015

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


Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 is co-hosted by Theatre Ontario, Oshawa Little Theatre, and the Association of Community Theatres - Central Ontario.


Performances and AfterGlow parties are at Oshawa Little Theatre, 62 Russett Avenue, Oshawa, L1G 3R5

Full four-performance packages with awards brunch are $125, plus a $5 service charge
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Full four-performance packages without awards brunch are $90, plus a $5 service charge
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Individual performance tickets are $24 and individual awards brunch tickets are $35.  There is a $3 service charge.
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Date Production Theatre Association
Wednesday, May 13
The Odd Couple
by Neil Simon
Oshawa Little Theatre  ACT-CO
(Greater Toronto Area
and Central Ontario)
Thursday, May 14
Agnes of God
by John Pielmeier
Gore Bay Theatre

(Northeastern Ontario)

Friday, May 15
Born Yesterday
by Garson Kanin
Peterborough Theatre Guild EODL
(Eastern Ontario)
Saturday, May 16
The Clean House
by Sarah Ruhl
Theatre Sarnia WODL
(Southwestern Ontario)


All education events are free and held at the Festival Hotel in Harmony Hall.

Date Event
Thursday, May 14
10:00am to 11:30am
Detailed Adjudication of The Odd Couple
Thursday, May 14
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Canadian Plays in Community Theatres from Playwrights Guild of Canada

Friday, May 15
10:00am to 11:30am
Detailed Adjudication of Agnes of God
Friday, May 15
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Playwright-in-Person: Damien Atkins
Saturday, May 16
10:00am to 11:30am
Detailed Adjudication of Born Yesterday
Saturday, May 16
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Theatre Ontario Annual General Meeting
Saturday, May 16
2:30pm to 4:00pm
Cultivating Tomorrow's Artists from the Theatre Ontario Youth Advisory Committee
Sunday, May 17
9:30am to 11:00am
Detailed Adjudication of The Clean House


Ron Cameron Lewis 2 Ron Cameron-Lewis is well known to community groups across the province as a teacher, adjudicator and workshop leader.  He has adjudicated well over 2,000 productions throughout Ontario for community and educational theatre festivals, as well as in the USA at state, regional, national and international levels. Since 2010, he has taught the art of adjudication to 50 people, three times at Theatre Ontario Festivals and twice at AACT national festivals in Rochester, New York, and Carmel, Indiana.  In 2010, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning appointed him Professor Emeritus, and in 2013, Ron was elected as Member-at-Large for the American Association of Community Theatres for a three-year term.


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Damien Atkins has acted on most of the major stages across the country. He spent four seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, as both actor and playwright. Their 2001 production of Good Mother, starring Seana McKenna, made Atkins the youngest playwright to have his work produced by the Festival. His other works as a playwright include Lucy (at Canadian Stage in Toronto and the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City), Miss Chatelaine (Theatre Passe Muraille/Grand Theatre) and Real Live Girl (Buddies in Bad Times/Manitoba Theatre Centre/Grand Theatre). Damien has been playwright-in-residence at Canadian Stage and Crow’s Theatre, as well as a Guest Instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada. He has received nine Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for acting and writing, winning four.

Damien will be reading from his work on the afternoon of Friday, May 15.

Playwright-in-Person is made possible by a grant from the Playwrights Guild of Canada, funded by the Canada Council.

Honourary Chair


Norm Foster has been called Canada’s preeminent comic playwright.  He is the most produced playwright in the history of the country and he receives, on average, an astounding one hundred and fifty productions of his plays each year.  It has been said that on any given day of the year, there is a Norm Foster play either in rehearsal or in performance somewhere in the world.

Learn more about our Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 Honourary Chair Norm Foster.



Read about Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 Award Winners and Nominees


The Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre was presented to John Storey of Markham.

Visit Oshawa

The Festival Hotel is the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, 1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa, L1H 7K6

The Festival rate is $104/night - specify Theatre Ontario Festival when booking at 905.576.5101

While in Oshawa for the Festival, you can also visit many of the local attractions.

Technical Package

Download the Oshawa Little Theatre technical package (PDF)

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 2015 on the Theatre Ontario Blog

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Read about past Theatre Ontario Festivals


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