New artistic director as Barrie’s Theatre by the Bay enters second decade
Theatre by the Bay has a new artistic director as co-founder Larissa Mair sets her sights on new horizons and Scott Hurst arrives on the scene.
“After 10 years as our artistic producer … Larissa Mair is stepping back from the company to focus on her casting business, and she and co-founder Nick Baillie have put the reins into the very capable hands of Scott Hurst. We are pleased to be working with Scott who is a very talented actor, director and writer and well known in our community,” said Angela Baldwin, TBTB board chair.
Hurst has extensive experience in theatre. An actor, director and writer for 32 years, he spent five seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Last summer Hurst appeared as Trinculo in TBTB’s production of The Tempest. Two years ago he earned an Excellence in the Arts Award at the Barrie Arts Awards.
Hurst’s arrival marks the start of the company’s second decade. The program for 2012 includes new plays in a new theatre, the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts. The season will kick off on July 26th with TBTB’s production of Man of La Mancha, to be directed by Hurst.
The season includes a production of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Lee Wilson, founder of Resurgence Theatre and director of TBTB’s 2008 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Lee’s background includes being an assistant director at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and as a resident director with The Birmingham Conservatory.
TBTB is also presenting the family friendly production of Mordecai Richler’s Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang.
The new season, billed as Great Stories, Well Told, runs from July 26 to August 26, at the Mady centre. Visit TBTB’s site or call 705-735-9243 for more information.