Talk Is Free Theatre

P.O. Box 247
Barrie ON  L4M 4T2

Phone: 705-792-1949

Talk Is Free Theatre

Our Mission:

As an artist-driven company, our mandate is to support the emerging artistic community by producing a wide range of ensemble-based, off-centre, inventive and rare programming.

TIFT was formed in Toronto in 2001 by Arkady Spivak, its current Artistic Producer and 6 emerging actors as an artist-driven theatre company. As a reaction to the prevailing theatre practice in Canada, our plans were to follow the European repertory theatre tradition. We wanted to program repertoire with the goal of challenging a predetermined ensemble of actors, rather than producing work strictly on the merits of the script. Our producing approach was not to explore one given style, form or issue, but to focus primarily on a creative ensemble capable of tackling anything from experimental drama to musical comedy.

While in Toronto, TIFT produced three full-scale productions, most notably an absurd Russian Comedy Christmas at the Ivanovs, for which it received a Dora Nomination for Outstanding Production in the Independent Theatre Category. Talk Is Free operated on a project basis during its early days.

In 2002, TIFT relocated to the City of Barrie to achieve a better positioning for our artistic vision, within the framework of our new community's evolving cultural needs. Talk Is Free Theatre was incorporated as a Barrie-based, not-for-profit, charitable organization, retaining its original mandate. Talk Is Free has been producing full seasons since its relocation. Some of the fourty-two works produced in Barrie to date include: site specific production of The Inspector General, environmental production of Oliver!, Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of An Anarchist, Nikolai Gogol’s The Marriage, Leslie Arden’s Harvest Moon Rising, Carol Bolt’s One Night Stand, Colette: The Colours of Love by Christopher Covert and Barbara York (Spence Potter), Mikhail Bulgakov’s Moliere or League of Hypocrites, Joey Miller's Playground, Daniel MacIvor's This Is a Play, Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, two productions of Emily, the Canadian premiere of Anyone Can Whistle (In Concert), Kiss of the Spider Woman, the world premiere of the musical Variations on a Nervous Breakdown by talented first-time writer, Jonathan Monro, a concert production of Canadian Musical Napoleon, and a production of Tales of an Urban Indian held on a moving city bus.

Among the artists who have worked with TIFT are Leslie Arden, Richard Ouzounian, Marek Norman, Maja Ardal, Joey Miller, Juan Chioran, Mike Nadajewski, Glynis Ranney, Susan Gilmour, Jennifer Stewart, Sam Strasfeld, Aleksandar Lukac, Blythe Wilson and many others.

In 2007, Talk is Free Theatre was invited to perform excerpts from our production of Emily at the NAMT (National Alliance of Musical Theatres) Songwriters Showcase in New York City. In September 2008 Talk Is Free Theatre was invited to perform excerpts from our production of Moliere or League of Hypocrites at the annual International Bulgakov Festival of Creativity in Kiev, Ukraine, a first for a Canadian theatre company.

Last year, our Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak won the inaugural Barrie Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts. Our long-time supporter, North American Centre Corp, won the prestigious 2008 Globe and Mail Business and the Arts Award (First Dance).


As an artist-driven company, our mandate is to support the emerging artistic community by producing a wide range of ensemble-based, off-centre, inventive and rare programming. We also strive to:

address the well-being of local youth by involving them in

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Founded: 2001

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Non-Profit Organization




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Past Events

For Both Resting and Breeding

For Both Resting and Breeding
07:30 pm - 12 April 2018

At Talk Is Free Theatre

A World Premiere Futuristic Satire! For Both Resting and Breeding is set in the year 2150 where humans have become gender-neutral and use the pronoun ‘Ish’...

Bus Trip to Guys and Dolls

Bus Trip to Guys and Dolls
11:00 am - 24 August 2017

At Talk Is Free Theatre

★★★★ (out of 4) “Pure, unbridled energy” "Choreography is jaw-dropping" - Toronto Star ★★★★ (out of 4) “Gloriously choreographed” - The...

Triple Threat Summer Theatre Camp

Triple Threat Summer Theatre Camp
09:00 am - 14 August 2017

At Talk Is Free Theatre

Talk is Free Theatre's Triple Threat Week is back! Children from ages 6 to 14 will learn all about the expression and creativity it takes to put on an entire producation....

Improv and Comedy Summer Theatre Camp

Improv and Comedy Summer Theatre Camp
09:00 am - 08 August 2017

At Talk Is Free Theatre

Talk is Free Theatre is excited to announce the return of another favourite camp week, Improv and Comedy! Children from ages 6 to 14 will learn all about the expression...

Coach Trip to Million Dollar Quartet

Coach Trip to Million Dollar Quartet
12:30 pm - 13 July 2017

At Talk Is Free Theatre

They came together to make music. They ended up making rock ‘n’ roll history. Million Dollar Quartet is the hit musical inspired by the legendary 1956 recording...

Bus Trip to Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Bus Trip to Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
12:00 pm - 22 June 2017

At Talk Is Free Theatre

"A hoot! Extemporaneous and melodious hijinks full of laughs." - Globe and Mail (3.5/4) "Brilliant! A talented, nimble team devilishly adept at their craft." ...

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