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.


Maja Ardal

Herbie Barnes

Daniele Bartolini

Esther Jun

Mitchell Cushman

Michael Torontow

Dylan Trowbridge


Cameron Carver

Alyssa Martin

Lori Watson

Music Directors

Wayne Gwillim

Daniel Rutzen

James Smith


Anahita Dehbonehie

Michelle Bohn

Nick Blais

Alice Cousins

Laura Delchiaro

Josh Doerksen

Alexandra Lord

Joe Pagnan

Jeff Pybus


Alastair Forbes

Randolph J. Johnston

Kay Kanbayashi

Mike Nadajewski

Arkady Spivak


Thom Allison

Maja Ardal

John Askew

David Ball

Herbie Barnes

Jahlen Barnes

Tess Benger

Shane Carty

Brendan Chandler

David Coomber

Aidan deSalaiz

Gabi Epstein

Izad Etemadi

Alexis Gordon

Griffin Hewitt

Alana Hibbert

Amy Keating

Madelyn Kriese

Derek Kwan

Billy Lake

Richard Lam

Craig Lauzon

Cyrus Lane

Jeff Lillico

Michaela Mar

Judy Marshak

Andrew McAllister

Jamie McRoberts

Mike Nadajewski

Alex Poch-Goldin

Glynis Ranney

Steve Ross

Travis Seetoo

James Smith

Vanessa Smythe

Giovanni Spina

Justin Stadnyk

Jennifer Stewart

Jonathan Tan

Alexander Thomas

Michael Torontow

Rob Ward