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In an effort to assist the arts community in building sustainable practices, The Department of Culture offers workshops on a year round basis that are designed to educate both individual artists and arts organizations.

Auditioning 101

More than just talent goes into a successful audition. Join the City of Barrie’s Department of Culture as we present a free workshop on how to audition for casting agents. Presented by Maja Ardal, artistic director of Contrary Company, Arkady Spivak, artistic producer of Talk is Free Theatre, and Alex Dault,  artistic director of Theatre by the Bay, this workshop will consist of staged auditions with our panelists discussing the dos and don’ts of professional auditions, how to prepare, and what you can and can’t control when it comes time to audition. If time allows, there may be opportunity for some participants to use what they’ve learned in a practice audition.

About our panelists:

Maja Ardal has been working in theatre for forty-six years. She is a director, playwright, actor, and theatre trainer. Some of her plays include HER2 for Nightwood Theatre, The Hero of Hunter Street for 4thLine Theatre, and One Thing leads to Another for Young People's Theatre. Maja is the winner of two Dora Awards; for Young People’s Theatre’s You Fancy Yourself, and its sequel The Cure for Everything. Maja is the artistic director of Contrary Company, which workshops and produces plays by women. She gives workshops in play creation in many communities and institutions, most recently the Royal Conservatory of Music and Humber College. She served as the artistic director of Young People’s Theatre from 1990-1998, was the 2002 recipient of the George Luscombe Award for Mentorship in the Theatre, and played Mrs. Potts on Road to Avonlea.

Arkady Spivak attended York University, Glendon College until 2000, working on a BA in Theatre and Business, and then joined Barrie’s Gryphon Theatre in the capacity of Marketing and Development Coordinator. In 2003 he founded Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT). Since then the company has produced over 80 productions in Barrie and toured nationally and internationally. TIFT won a prestigious Dora Award for its co-production of Assassins. Arkady continues to be active in the community through various projects and associations. He has served as a Juror for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Theatre Projects Program of the Ontario Arts Council and for Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program.

Alex Dault was born and raised in Barrie, studied at George Brown Theatre School and Queen’s University, and is a producer, playwright and director. He began creating site-specific, immersive theatre in Ontario with the Single Thread Theatre Company. In 2016 Alex celebrated his tenth season with Theatre by the Bay, where he has directed productions of Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Nine Mile Portage. He previously acted in The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like it and was part of the original young company production of Treasure Island in 2002.

There is no charge to register for this workshop however you must contact us at or call 705-739-4299 in order to reserve your spot.  

Date Sunday, February 5th, 2017
Time 10am-1pm

Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
1 Dunlop St W, Barrie, ON L4N 1A1

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