Theatre Ontario Festival 2019

Logo Festival2019 ExportfrompdfMay 15 to 19, 2019
Richmond Hill

The annual Theatre Ontario Festival is:

  • a showcase of outstanding community theatre productions
  • a symposium 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 2019 is co-hosted by The Curtain Club, Theatre Ontario, and the Association of Community Theatres - Central Ontario.

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Performances will be held at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

Early-bird ticket packages, including the Awards Brunch, are available until January 31 by calling 905.787.8811.

To purchase early-bird ticket packages online, visit
You then have to navigate to Buy Tickets, and choose "Packages" from the left-hand menu, and "2019"
Please note: Awards brunch tickets are only available online as an individual event and not as part of the "Package"

Early-bird prices are $92 for the Package of four plays, and $30 for the Awards Brunch.

Regular prices are $100 for the Package of four plays, $27 for single tickets, and $35 for the Awards Brunch.


Date Production Theatre Association

Wednesday, May 15

Late Company
by Jordan Tannahill
The Bloor West Village Players
(Greater Toronto Area
and Central Ontario)
Thursday, May 16
This Is How We Got Here
by Keith Barker
Gore Bay Theatre QUONTA
(Northeastern Ontario)
Friday, May 17
Outside Mullingar
by John Patrick Shanley
Domino Theatre
(Eastern Ontario)
Saturday, May 18
Girls Like That
by Evan Placey
Theatre Sarnia WODL
(Southwestern Ontario)




Date Event
Thursday, May 16
Detailed Adjudication of ACT-CO entry by Carolee Mason
Thursday, May 16
Creating Dynamic Characters: A Physical Theatre Workshop, with Melinda Little
Friday, May 17
Detailed Adjudication of QUONTA entry by Carolee Mason
Friday, May 17
Playwright-in-Person, with Keith Barker
Saturday, May 18
Detailed Adjudication of EODL entry by Carolee Mason
Sunday, May 19
Detailed Adjudication of WODL entry by Carolee Mason


Festival Adjudicator


Our adjudicator at Theatre Ontario Festival 2019 is Carolee Mason.

Carolee has taught in the Theatre Department at Brock University, instructed practicing teachers and teacher candidates with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and has been the teacher/director of generations of high school drama students and countless community theatre groups. She is a frequent workshop leader with the Council of Drama and Dance Educators of Ontario, and has presented for drama educators internationally with the American Alliance of Theatre Educators and the International Drama and Education Association.

Carolee most recently adjudicated as the Western Ontario Drama League Festival preliminary adjudicator in 2017/18 and the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario (ACT-CO) Festival in 2015/16.

Learn more about Carolee Mason


Festival Honorary Chair


Our Theatre Ontario Festival 2019 Honorary Chair is Richmond Hill-born actor RH Thomson.

RH Thomson has received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award and was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He has appeared in theatres across Canada and filmed in Canada, the US, Greece and the Czech Republic. Currently, he is playing Marshall McLuhan in The Message at the Tarragon theatre and Matthew Cuthbert in Anne with an E. He is also producing The World Remembers with more than one hundred displays in eight nations.

Learn more about RH Thomson


Festival Playwright-In-Person


Our Playwright-in-Person at Theatre Ontario Festival 2019 is Keith Barker.

Keith Barker is an Algonquin Métis playwright, actor, and theatre director from Northwestern Ontario, and the current Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts. He was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 2018 for his play, This Is How We Got Here. Keith received a Saskatchewan and Area Theatre Award for Excellence in Playwriting and a Yukon Arts Award for Best Art for Social Change for his play, The Hours That Remain. Prior to taking the job at Native Earth, Keith served as a Theatre Program Officer for the Canada Council for the Arts.

We are particularly excited to welcome Keith, as This Is How We Got Here will be presented by Gore Bay Theatre on Thursday, May 16 as the entry on behalf of QUONTA, the northeastern Ontario community theatre association. This is the first time since Theatre Ontario Festival 2007 that our Playwright-in-Person has also been the author of an entry chosen from a regional festival.

Playwright-in-Person is made possible by a grant from the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s “Play Connect” program, funded by the Canada Council.

Learn more about Keith Barker and Playwright-in-Person




The Theatre Ontario Festival 2019 Awards were presented on Sunday, May 19 at noon.

The Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre will also be presented to Chantal Forde and Tim Cadeny.


Visit Richmond Hill

Festival accommodations are available at the "Holiday Inn Express & Suites Toronto - Markham" in Richmond Hill at 10 East Pearce Street.

Festival Guests will receive the following preferred rates:

  • Standard rooms with 1 King bed $129.00 +16%
  • Standard rooms with 2 Queen beds $139.00 +16%

Rates include hot breakfast, free WIFI, free parking, free local calls, indoor heated pool, 24-hour fitness room, complimentary coffee/tea station open 24 hours in the lobby, mini-fridges in all rooms, mini-mart open 24 hours.

Order by telephone: Please call the Holiday inn Express directly at 905.695.5990, ask for reservations, and once at reservations mention the 3 letter booking code CCT to receive the preferred rate.

Order online: Please click on the customized booking web-link, input check-in date, check-out date, and click on check availability and the group rate should pop up.

Room block is available until April 15, 2019.

A valid credit card will be required at time of booking.


Festival Supporters 

Thank you to all of our Theatre Ontario Festival 2019 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.

Discuss Theatre Ontario Festival 2019 on the Theatre Ontario Blog

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Read about past Theatre Ontario Festivals


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