TIFT receives $10,000 from Park Place

A long-time supporter of Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is contributing $10,000 to the local troupe which brings live theatre to Barrie audiences.
Terry Coughlin, managing partner of North American Development Group, developers of Park Place, has served on TIFT’s board of directors since 2011 and the support has been immeasurable, say Arkady Spivak, the theatre’s artistic director.
Coughlin and Park Place have been major contributors to TIFT since the launch of the company in 2003. Support includes annual financial contributions, making the old drive-thru beer store at Molson Park available for the company’s home from 2004 to 2007, and more recently, contributing toward the creation of Park Place Theatre at the Mady Centre.
“I am proud to be associated with Talk Is Free Theatre. The shows are always a little edgy, interesting and refreshing,” says Coughlin. “I especially like the way TIFT is developing new talent through its various youth programs and the fact and that several of its troupe have graduated to Stratford, Shaw and Broadway!”
The support is appreciated, says Spivak.
“We have enjoyed the support of many individuals and businesses over the years,” he continues. “But Terry and his wife Marlene take a particular interest in what we do, and have done so for well over a decade. They dedicatedly drive in excess of 100 kilometers to see every one of our productions. There is simply no replacement for that commitment.”
Talk Is Free Theatre is Barrie’s regional theatre company, which also produces the Barrie International Comedy Festival each September. Next theatre season begins on Nov. 19 with Gotcha, by Barrie Keeffee. It will be directed by Alexey Serebryakov, star of the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning international triumph Leviathan.
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