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.


Herbie Barnes
Daniele Bartolini
Cameron Carver (Assistant Director and Movement Coach)
Mitchell Cushman
Esther Jun
Tara Litvack (Musical Director)
Giustin MacLean
Joe Pagnan
Steven Schipper
Rae Smith


Lucy Adams
Michelle Bohn
Alice Cousins
Joshua Doerksen
Joe Pagnan


Alastair Forbes
Randolph J. Johnston

Kay Kanbayashi
Mike Nadajewski
Arkady Spivak


David Ball
Jahlen Barnes
Allison Basha
Tess Benger
AJ Bridel
Gabi Epstein
Izad Etemadi
Derek Kwan
Craig Lauzon
Mike Nadajewski
Glynis Ranney
Travis Seetoo
Michael Torontow
Alyssa Wright


Nikolaos Brahimllari
Rory De Brouwer
Gianpiero Cognoli
Magdalena Korpas
Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin
Danielle Stagg
Tatjana Tarrasenko
Sophie Teigeis