Theatre Ontario Festival 2017

May 17 to 21, 2017

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 2017 is co-hosted by Theatre Ontario, Ottawa Little Theatre, and Eastern Ontario Drama League.




Ticket packages are now available on the Ottawa Little Theatre website at

Earlybird packages are available until January 31, 2017.

Date Production Theatre Association

Wednesday, May 17

Waiting for the Parade
by John Murrell
Northumberland Players
(Eastern Ontario)
Thursday, May 18
Better Living
by George F. Walker
Ghost Light Players
(Southwestern Ontario)
Friday, May 19
Outside Mullingar
by John Patrick Shanley
Toronto Irish Players  ACT-CO
(Greater Toronto Area
and Central Ontario)
Saturday, May 20
by Damien Atkins
Sault Theatre Workshop
(Sault Ste. Marie) 
(Northeastern Ontario)




Date Event
Thursday, May 18
10:00 AM
Detailed Adjudication by Annette G. Procunier of Northumberland Players presentation of Waiting for the Parade
Thursday, May 18
1:30 PM
Improv for Actors, with Laura Hall
Friday, May 19
10:00 AM
Detailed Adjudication by Annette G. Procunier of Ghost Light Productions' presentation of Better Living
Friday, May 19
1:30 PM
Playwright-in-Person, with Erin Shields
Saturday, May 20
10:00 AM
Detailed Adjudication by Annette G. Procunier of Toronto Irish Players' presentation of Outside Mullingar
Saturday, May 20
11:30 AM
Theatre Ontario Annual General Meeting
Sunday, May 21
9:30 AM
Detailed Adjudication by Annette G. Procunier of Sault Theatre Workshop's presentation of Lucy




Our adjudicator at Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 is Annette G. Procunier.

Annette has worked in community, educational and professional theatre for over 45 years. She is a director, stage manager, play polisher, adjudicator and workshop leader. As an adjudicator Annette has participated in festivals in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States having judged more than 125 festivals in 30 years. She has adjudicated the world theatre festival in Monaco for IATA and the national festival for the American Association of Community Theatre four times. No other adjudicator has been invited more than once. She is the author of the only book on adjudication Do You See What I See? And is a fellow of AACT—this honor was bestowed for “single-handedly raising the level of community theatre in America.” She is the only non-American to hold the distinction.

Learn more about Annette G. Procunier




Our Playwright-in-Person at Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 is Erin Shields.

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 Erin Shields





The Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 Awards were presented on Sunday, May 21 at noon.

The Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre was presented at the Awards Brunch to David Parry of Perth.


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2017 is Canada’s 150th Birthday.  In addition to the Theatre Ontario Festival there are many events being held in Ottawa.  Please check out the official Ottawa Tourism site to plan your trip:


Festival Supporters 

Thank you to all of our event and award sponsors.


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.

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Read about past Theatre Ontario Festivals


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