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Cast of  Into the Woods. Photo by Scott Cooper

For Schools

Talk Is Free Theatre is a not for profit theatre company in Barrie whose mandate includes youth outreach and involvement in our community.

In our efforts to reach out to local youth, we offer many programs and volunteer opportunities benefitting young people by enriching their cultural experiences at a local level.

Student Matinees

We offer student matinee performances for most of our season productions. Student matinee tickets are $15 (includes HST and all ticket fees). Teachers’ tickets are complimentary when escorting a group of students to a matinee.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Varty, Director of Outreach
richard@tift.ca

Adopt a Production

Each semester, Talk Is Free Theatre invites a Simcoe County high school drama class to ‘adopt’ a production – and see first hand how professional theatre is created! Students meet the creative team, attend read-throughs and rehearsals and are invited to the opening night of the performance. Best of all, this program is entirely free – including busing! Applications are welcomed annually for participating classes.

For more information, or to be added to our list of teachers, please contact:

Richard Varty, Director of Outreach
richard@tift.ca

Ms. Main Asked for this Program

The Ms Main Asked For This Program program is designed to bring assistance from the theatre professionals directly to school staff and students, who would like support on one or more necessary aspects of their upcoming productions. Productions can include annual plays or musicals, Sears Festival productions, independent works, etc. The goal of this program is to support staff and/or students on their independent work, especially on an extra-curricular basis.
Applications are available for teachers as well as students.  

For more information, please contact:

Richard Varty, Director of Outreach
richard@tift.ca

TIFT drama award

The Talk Is Free Theatre Drama Award recognizes senior Drama students for outstanding contributions to the art of theatre throughout their high school career.

This award is given at the discretion of the teacher. The selection may be based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership, enthusiasm and effort. It is available to those participating in any aspect of theatre production. All recipients of this award will be presented with a certificate of acknowledgement. Each school may honour two recipients per year.

In order to receive this award, please contact Talk Is Free Theatre to receive the application form and return it to Talk Is Free Theatre by the indicated deadline. Certificates will be forwarded to your school to the attention of the nominating teacher.  

There is no charge for the drama award.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Varty, Director of Outreach
richard@tift.ca

Cooperative Education

Each semester, TIFT accepts up to two co-op students to complete their placement with Talk Is Free Theatre.

For more information on the positions and availability, please contact:

Cara McRae, Administrator
cara@tift.ca
705-792-1949 ext. 121.

Volunteer Opportunities

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TIFT's ArtsLocal Program

The artsLocal Program is an opportunity for the emerging artists of Barrie and Simcoe County to partner with TIFT to build their distinct practices with our production and mentorship resources.artsLocal is a calling to those pursuing a career in the arts and prepared to step out of the development process, ready to perform their work for an audience. Those who work with alternative methods of creation and are willing to break barriers are heavily encouraged to apply. Previous artsLocal partnerships include:

MUSIC FOR THE CHANGING VOICE:
MY GRANDFATHER’S CELLO AND ALL THE TINY PIECES

Created by Alyssa Wright

THE ALLANDALE SUITE
Created by The Old Dance Hall Players

MISS JULIE & A DOLL’S HOUSE
Created by Quarter Century Theatre

Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information about the artsLocal Program, please contact:

Richard Varty
Director of Outreach
Talk Is Free Theatre
705-792-1949 ext. 123
richard@tift.ca

Auditions + Submissions

Front Of House Manager--"Sweeney Todd"

We are looking for TWO Front of House Managers for our upcoming production of "Sweeney Todd" in Toronto.

As these are funded positions, applicants must be under 30 years of age and intending to return to school in the fall.

POSITION SUMMARY


The Front of House Managers are responsible for the patron experience before, during, and immediately after immersive public performances of Sweeney Todd, to be performed at the Neighbourhood Food Hub in Toronto. Main responsibilities include helping to guide the audience through the space during the promenade-style immersive performance; and helping to accommodate individuals with specific access needs to navigate the show and the building. 

FOH Managers report to theProducer & CEO and directly supervise volunteers scheduled in their area.FOH Managers are responsible for the care, comfort, and safety of the audience during every live performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES

·      Ensuring all patrons entering the facility have tickets and can demonstrate any COVID-19 entry requirements, as may be determined by the Company

·      Provide ticket counts to TIFT office, and process ticket sales, if available

·      Providing customer service and support to patrons

·      Be familiar with the production’s promenade tracking and appropriate audience coordination requirements

·      Directly supervise a team of volunteer ushers

·      Coordinate the opening and closing of the venue during pre-show, intermissions and post-show with the stage management.

·      Relay important information to the volunteers at pre-show briefings to ensure they are clear on their duties and responsibilities during the shift, and train volunteers if necessary

·      Prepare the theatre for audiences to ensure the venue is safe, clean and presentable for the audience

·      Responsible for the safety and comfort of the audience, staff and volunteers

·      Remain readily available to assist with any special needs, volunteer concerns or to handle accessibility requirements

·      Fill out a post-show report to relay any incidents, safety concerns or other notes to the staff distribution lists.

·      Lead and/or participate in daily set-ups and strikes as the show shares the venue with other activities

·      Abide by all Company policies, including those pertaining to COVID-19

·      Other duties as required by Producer and CEO

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS

·      A passion for working with volunteers and members of the public

·      Experience in working with the public and creating a welcoming space

·      The ability to be a team player yet able to work independently

·      A passion for live theatre and the arts, especially inclusive audience practices

·      Dependable with a strong work ethic and passion for live theatre and the arts.

·      Experience as a Front of House Manager or a senior usher

·      Experience supervising volunteers, with strong leadership experience.

·      Comfortable dealing with high-pressure situations, the ability to remain calm during an emergency

HOURS


Position to start May 23 and terminate on July 17,2022. Please note public performances will begin on June 6 and end on July 3,2022. This position requires open availability and flexibility of scheduling changes (with notice of up to 24 hours).

The weekly fee for the position is $525 for 25 hours per week.

HEALTH AND SAFETY


TIFT’s Health and Safety policies require that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to sign a declaration confirming their vaccination status.

TO APPLY


Please email your resume and a cover letter together in one PDF named “[First & Last Name] Front of House Manager,” summarizing your qualifications and experience, to submissions@tift.ca. Any questions can also be directed to this email address.

Read More HereDownload your application form here

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Talk Is Free Theatre is again part of the OAC’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators Program. Individual artists and ad hoc groups are invited to apply for funding, through the Ontario Arts Council online portal at www.arts.on.ca. Please note that all applicants must have an active online profile with the OAC, or register for one well in advance of the deadline.

Under their program allocation, TIFT is interested in supporting emerging book writers of musicals. Applicants are responsible to review application requirements on the OAC website under the appropriate section. For OAC’s definition of a professional artist, please visit their website at www.arts.on.ca.

Talk Is Free Theatre has established the following priorities for funding allocations. They are as follows:

Regional Artists
Artists from culturally diverse backgrounds
Artists and works that would likely experience difficulty in attracting support elsewhere

Minimum grant request is set at $1,000 and maximum at $5,000. However, due to budgetary constraints, awarded amounts may be smaller than requested.

The deadline for 2021 has passed. Please check back in the summer for the deadline for 2022.

Read More HereDownload your application form here

Job Openings

Front Of House Manager--"Sweeney Todd"

We are looking for TWO Front of House Managers for our upcoming production of "Sweeney Todd" in Toronto.

As these are funded positions, applicants must be under 30 years of age and intending to return to school in the fall.

POSITION SUMMARY


The Front of House Managers are responsible for the patron experience before, during, and immediately after immersive public performances of Sweeney Todd, to be performed at the Neighbourhood Food Hub in Toronto. Main responsibilities include helping to guide the audience through the space during the promenade-style immersive performance; and helping to accommodate individuals with specific access needs to navigate the show and the building. 

FOH Managers report to theProducer & CEO and directly supervise volunteers scheduled in their area.FOH Managers are responsible for the care, comfort, and safety of the audience during every live performance.

RESPONSIBILITIES

·      Ensuring all patrons entering the facility have tickets and can demonstrate any COVID-19 entry requirements, as may be determined by the Company

·      Provide ticket counts to TIFT office, and process ticket sales, if available

·      Providing customer service and support to patrons

·      Be familiar with the production’s promenade tracking and appropriate audience coordination requirements

·      Directly supervise a team of volunteer ushers

·      Coordinate the opening and closing of the venue during pre-show, intermissions and post-show with the stage management.

·      Relay important information to the volunteers at pre-show briefings to ensure they are clear on their duties and responsibilities during the shift, and train volunteers if necessary

·      Prepare the theatre for audiences to ensure the venue is safe, clean and presentable for the audience

·      Responsible for the safety and comfort of the audience, staff and volunteers

·      Remain readily available to assist with any special needs, volunteer concerns or to handle accessibility requirements

·      Fill out a post-show report to relay any incidents, safety concerns or other notes to the staff distribution lists.

·      Lead and/or participate in daily set-ups and strikes as the show shares the venue with other activities

·      Abide by all Company policies, including those pertaining to COVID-19

·      Other duties as required by Producer and CEO

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE HAS

·      A passion for working with volunteers and members of the public

·      Experience in working with the public and creating a welcoming space

·      The ability to be a team player yet able to work independently

·      A passion for live theatre and the arts, especially inclusive audience practices

·      Dependable with a strong work ethic and passion for live theatre and the arts.

·      Experience as a Front of House Manager or a senior usher

·      Experience supervising volunteers, with strong leadership experience.

·      Comfortable dealing with high-pressure situations, the ability to remain calm during an emergency

HOURS


Position to start May 23 and terminate on July 17,2022. Please note public performances will begin on June 6 and end on July 3,2022. This position requires open availability and flexibility of scheduling changes (with notice of up to 24 hours).

The weekly fee for the position is $525 for 25 hours per week.

HEALTH AND SAFETY


TIFT’s Health and Safety policies require that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to sign a declaration confirming their vaccination status.

TO APPLY


Please email your resume and a cover letter together in one PDF named “[First & Last Name] Front of House Manager,” summarizing your qualifications and experience, to submissions@tift.ca. Any questions can also be directed to this email address.

Read More HereDownload your application form here