Upcoming Winter programming explores deep societal differences and sparks vital conversations

Today, TIFT Artistic Director Michael Torontow and CEO Arkady Spivak announced details of the company’s upcoming Winter Season of eclectic in-person, online and hybrid theatrical experiences. The winter programming invites audiences to engage with fresh perspectives on a variety of divisive subjects faced today.

Running from January to April 2022, winter programming includes the Canadian arrival of TIFT’s internationally acclaimed production of a Broadway classic, in-person and hybrid adventures of self-discovery, an electrifying critique of generational differences and more.

"Don't bother planning that winter vacation—this season, we're taking you so many places you've never been, you'll wish you didn't waste your money renewing your passport." - Michael Torontow, Artistic Director.

The company continues to offer free admission to its programming in Barrie.

Five Points Theatre, Barrie


Written by Alexander Ostrovsky
Directed by Layne Coleman
Set and Lighting Design by Joe Pagnan
Costumes Design by Kathleen Black
Intimacy Direction by Alix Sideris
Noah Beemer, Tess Benger, Richard Lam, Cyrus Lane, Gabe Maharjan
and others

Social classes clash and conflict leads to inevitable tragedy between workers and nobility in this social drama by one of Russia’s most celebrated playwrights.

March 17-20, 2022
Five Points Theatre, Barrie


Written by and starring Nathaniel Hanula-James

A queer child searches for their identity in a world populated by an eclectic cast of characters, including a moustache-twirling flamingo, divas and bullies in this irreverent solo-performed production about self-discovery.

April 14-23, 2022

Location to be announced


Adapted by Sarah Ruhl
Based on the novel by Virginia Woolf
Created and performed by Merlin Simard and Raven John

Orlando is the journey of a time-travelling trans girl stuck in an Elizabethan tech multi-verse spanning countless countries and visits with royalty, poets and persistent suitors.

Orlando is a Virtual Reality (VR) and physical reality performance hybrid and was developed as part of The Eternal Ego Festival.

June 2022
An Undisclosed Location, Toronto



Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Mitchell Cushman
Musical Direction by Daniel Rutzen
Starring Michael Torontow as Sweeney Todd and Glynis Ranney as Mrs. Lovett
with Noah Beemer, Tess Benger, Gabi Epstein, Griffin Hewitt, Derek Kwan, Cyrus Lane and Jeff Lillico

TIFT’s internationally acclaimed immersive production, which was the culmination of the 3-day The Curious Voyage experience in 2018, of the late Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway classic comes to Canada to tell the tale of the wrongfully condemned Sweeney Todd, who slashes his way to retribution.

Public Library in the Barrie area, to be announced


Created by Zuppa Theatre Company with Kate Cayley
Sound Design by Brian Riley
Web Design and Development by Ned Zimmerman

“A hypnotic experience that takes on more layers of mystery and intrigue as it goes on. NNNN.”

– Now Magazine

Equipped with a tablet and headset, the audience embarks on an adventure to uncover clues and discover the secret within the Archive.

Ticket Information:
TIFT continues to offer Free Admission to all main programming in Barrie. To read the complete details of the policy, please click HERE. Tickets for individual productions will be available for booking one month prior to the opening night. All Producer’s Circle members and donors of $100 or more enjoy an exclusive one week booking period before tickets are available to the general public.

Certain restrictions on ticket amounts apply to all bookings. Please visit TIFT’s donor page HERE for more details.

COVID-19 Admission Protocols:
In accordance with the mandate from the Government of Ontario effective September 22, 2021, Talk Is Free Theatre patrons will require proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 and government issued identification before entry to any indoor theatre venue, including the Five Points Theatre.

Social distancing measures and masking will still be in effect until further notice. For more information about protocols and safety measures, please visit HERE.

For more information about TIFT's Winter season, please contact:

Richard Varty
Director of Outreach