Adams Freedom Fund

AN EXCITING PARTNERSHIP & A GENEROUS DONATION

This spring, Bad Dog is thrilled to announce a new multi-faceted partnership with the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts with the shared goal of elevating the artform of improvisation and furthering its professionalization by supporting both established and emerging talent in the field.

One of the key obstacles to the development of exceptional live, unscripted comedy is limited access to the sort of funds required to make this discipline a viable, sustaining vocation. The Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund recognizes this challenge, and, through a generous donation, is helping the Bad Dog Theatre Company support our artists' ability to create the best possible work. Mentorship of a new generation of improvisers and creative professionals in the realm of unscripted theatre (directors, designers, producers, musicians, stage managers...) is another key plank of this endeavour.

2015 FUNDING UPDATE:

This year, we will be supporting original directed projects proposed by Fake Cops (working with director Kirsten Rasmussen) & FLiNT improv (working with director Peter Stevens) in our emerging ensemble stream as well as the development of new work by Colin Munch & Matt Folliott in our established director stream. Each financial award consists of a $450 director’s honorarium as well as $300 to offset production costs as each of these four new works is given a fully staged run at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre in the next year.


Additionally, we want to recognize and celebrate some of the other outstanding candidates for this funding, with whom we hope very much to collaborate in the near future: Prom Kings, Improvables, Dead Detectives, Falkor Productions, Dust Bunny & the Bad Guys.


Kayla Lorette, Kris Siddiqi & Sean Tabares in the Fall 2014 Bad Dog presentation of The Curator

Kayla Lorette, Kris Siddiqi & Sean Tabares in the Fall 2014 Bad Dog presentation of The Curator

FUNDING DIRECTORS:

OBJECTIVE: to support the professionalization of the art form by providing financial assistance to the process of directing improvised theatre.

Allocation of $3000 divided between 4 productions as follows:
$450 - director’s honorarium
$300 - to offset production costs (i.e. engaging a choreographer, acquiring a particular set piece, incentivizing rehearsal for performers, etc.)

Funding will be evenly divided into two categories:

ESTABLISHED DIRECTORS

Criteria:

  • must have been working in a directorial, teaching or coaching capacity in the improv world for a minimum of three years
  • must not have been a prior recipient of this particular funding allocation
  • preference given to projects with a clearly-articulated aesthetic, stylistic, creative or audience-development goal (i.e. the creation of high quality work that explores or expands upon less developed areas of improvisation and/or that seeks to connect with new audience segments) AND projects that integrate an element of mentorship/emerging talent development in the production process
  • eligible projects will be produced as part of Bad Dog’s annual mainstage season

Selection process: to be chosen annually by Bad Dog’s Artistic Director in consultation with the administrator of the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts.  2016 recipients to be announced on December 10, 2016.

EMERGING ENSEMBLES

Criteria:

  • preference given to ensembles that have not been working together for fewer than six months or more than three years
  • preference given to ensembles with clearly articulated artistic/developmental goals to be facilitated by the opportunity to work with their chosen director
  • ensembles must be working towards the staging of a public presentation to be facilitated by this funding (resulting show to be staged at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre)
  • must not have been a prior recipient of this particular funding allocation

Selection process:

  • interested ensembles to submit a one page letter of intent outlining: 
    • name of group
    • ensemble members
    • the ensemble’s performance & development history
    • the group’s performance style/approach
    • the director(s) with whom the ensemble would like to work & why
    • the proposed project
  • groups may further be asked to submit performance footage and/or perform in an ensemble showcase on November 14, 2016
  • to be chosen annually by Bad Dog’s Artistic Director in consultation with the administrator of the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 30, 2016

Send submissions to: julie@baddogtheatre.com


FUNDING TRAVEL & DEVELOPMENT:

OBJECTIVE: to provide opportunities for the professional development of performers and the exchange of ideas within the greater improv community by supporting touring initiatives and the hosting of professional guest instructors

Allocation of $1500 divided based on submitted requests for funding for festival travel & touring (to a maximum of $500 per person)

Remainder of any unused funding each year to be used to engage guest instructors to offer professional development workshops to performers

Criteria:

  • funding may support an individual or a group
  • must be used to facilitate travel to a festival, event or destination to which the applicant has not previously traveled professionally
  • applicant(s) must have already secured an invitation to attend the festival, event or destination for which they are applying

Selection process:

  • interested individuals or ensembles to submit a one page letter of intent outlining: 
    • name of group/ensemble members (if applicable)
    • relevant background information & performance history
    • the name of the festival, event or destination to which they have been invited
    • brief ou tline of the potential benefit - to the artists(s), community and/or art form - of this particular professional travel opportunity
  • to be chosen annually by Bad Dog’s Artistic Director in consultation with the administrator of the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: ongoing - no later than 30 days prior to travel.

Send submissions to: adamsfreedomfund@baddogtheatre.com


SUPPORTING EXCELLENCE IN CANADIAN COMEDY

Together with the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund, Bad Dog will present the Canadian Comedy Award winners for Best Female & Male Improviser with a cash prize of $1000 each, beginning in 2015.

Canadian Comedy Award recipients are selected by a combination of independent peer jury process and industry voting and are administered by the Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence.

For submission & award information please visit: www.canadiancomedy.ca

 

ABOUT PAT & TONY ADAMS

Pat and Tony Adams shared a deep love for the arts. In particular, they were devoted fans of jazz music, theatre, improv and comedy, and had great respect and affection for those who dedicated their lives to pursuing these passions professionally.

The Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts continues their tradition of encouraging such artists, giving them the opportunity to develop their skills and share their talents with audiences everywhere.