Arkady Spivak - Artistic Producer

Arkady Spivak attended York University, Glendon College until 2000, working on a BA in Theatre and Business. In 2000 he joined Barrie’s Gryphon Theatre in the capacity of Marketing and Development Coordinator.

In 2003 Arkady founded Talk Is Free Theatre. Since then the company has produced over 60 productions in Barrie and toured nationally and internationally. Talk Is Free Theatre won a prestigious Dora Award for its co-production of Assassins, which was later seen at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg.

While managing a very dynamic and successful arts organization, Arkady continues to be active in the community through various projects and associations. He has served as a Juror for the Theatre Projects Program of the Ontario Arts Council and for Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program.


Chris Abraham
Herbie Barnes
Jakob Ehman
Jeannette Lambermont-Morey
Jennifer Stewart
Mark Camilleri - Musical Director
Simon Fon - Fight Director


Lindsay Dagger Junkin
Cathy Elliott
Laura Gardner
Jareth Li
Joe Pagnan


Colleen Dauncey*
Akiva Romer-Segal*

Kristen Thomson

*made possible through the Playwright Residency grant from the Ontario Arts Council


Alastair Forbes
Randolph J. Johnson
Kay Kanbayashi
Mike Nadajewski
Arkady Spivak


Benjamin Blais
Jason Cadieux
Edward Charette
David Coomber
Alessandro Costantini
Glenn Coulson
Mikaela Davies
Arlene Duncan
Jakob Ehman
Sarah English
Izad Etemadi
Virgilia Griffith
Amir Haidar
Alana Hibbert
Ruby Joy
Trish Lindström
Tiffany Martin
Andrew McAllister
Rose Napoli
Mike Nadajewski
Moya O'Connell
Jennifer Phipps
Nicholas Porteous
Glynis Ranney
Tom Rooney
Vanessa Smythe
Justin Stadnyk
Iain Stewart
Kristen Thomson
Andy Trithardt
Michael Torontow
Theresa Tova
Tim Walker