Theatre Ontario Festival 2016

2016_posterMay 18 to 22, 2016
North Bay

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 2016 is co-hosted by Theatre Ontario, Gateway Theatre Guild, and QUONTA.




The Festival Theatre is the St. Joseph-Scollard Hall C.S.S. Auditorium, 675 O’Brien St., North Bay.

Festival Passes of tickets for all four shows are $96. Individual tickets are $24 each.

Special earlybird rate before January 31, 2016 of $88 for a Festival Pass.

Festival Awards Brunch tickets are $30 each.

To order your tickets by mail, please download the Theatre Ontario Festival 2016 ticket order form (PDF)

For more information, please contact or call 705.358.1425


Date Production Theatre Association

Wednesday, May 18

Curved by Kristin Shepherd Gateway Theatre Guild
(North Bay)
(Northeastern Ontario)
Thursday, May 19
Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti (translated by Beverly Cross & Francis Evans) Northumberland Players

(Eastern Ontario)

Friday, May 20
33 Variations by Moises Kaufman Theatre Sarnia WODL
(Southwestern Ontario)
Saturday, May 21
The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Daniela Vlaskalic and Charlie Tomlinson The Curtain Club
(Richmond Hill)
(Greater Toronto Area
and Central Ontario)


Holiday Inn Express, 1325 Seymour Street, North Bay, P1B 9V6

Date Event
Thursday, May 19
10:00 AM
Detailed Adjudication of QUONTA entry
Thursday, May 19
1:30 PM
Comedy Scene Study workshop, with Michelle Jackett-Webster
Friday, May 20
10:00 AM
Detailed Adjudication of EODL entry
Friday, May 20
1:30 PM
Playwright-in-Person, with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Saturday, May 21
10:00 AM
Detailed Adjudication of WODL entry
Saturday, May 21
1:30 PM
Stage Combat 101, with Joshua Bainbridge
Sunday, May 22
9:30 AM
Detailed Adjudication of ACT-CO entry



Our adjudicator at Theatre Ontario Fesival 2016 is Mimi Mekler.

Mimi Mekler’s work as director, actor, dramaturge, writer and adjudicator has taken her from California to Czechoslovakia and Italy to Israel. She is a professor in the Acting Discipline at Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Department. She also teaches for the joint Theatre and Drama Studies programme at Sheridan and University of Toronto at Mississauga, and for the Digital Character programme for Sheridan’s acclaimed Computer Animation.

Learn more about Mimi Mekler



Our Playwright-in-Person at Theatre Ontario Festival 2016 is Donna-Michelle St. Bernard.

Playwright-in-Person brings a professional playwright to Festival communities for script readings, Q&A, and more.  Playwright-in-Person is made possible by a grant from the Playwrights Guild of Canada, funded by the Canada Council.

Learn more about Donna-Michelle St. Bernard




The Theatre Ontario Festival 2016 Awards were presented on Sunday, May 22 at noon.

The awards were held at the Grand Event Centre next to Cecil's Brewhouse & Kitchen, 300 Wyld Street, North Bay.

The Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre was also presented at the Awards Brunch to Murray Finn of Elliot Lake.

Visit North Bay

The Festival Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, 1325 Seymour Street, North Bay, P1B 9V6

Reservations at 705.476.7700

Room rate is $132/night plus HST, and includes a hot buffet breakfast

Specify "Theatre Ontario Festival" to get the room rate.  Deadline is April 26, 2016.


Festival Supporters 

Thank you to all of our event sponsors, award sponsors, and donors.


For More Information

For more information about Theatre Ontario Festival, please contact Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager, at or 416.408.4556 x.13.

Discuss Theatre Ontario Festival 2016 on the Theatre Ontario Blog

Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #TOfest

catch up on all the Festival social conversation on storify

Read about past Theatre Ontario Festivals


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