Adams Freedom Fund

AN EXCITING PARTNERSHIP & A GENEROUS DONATION

Since 2015, Bad Dog is proud to have participated in a 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.

2016 FUNDING UPDATE:
We are excited to announce the 2016 recipients of the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts awards to support the development of new improvised work: ensembles Lebron Janes, Your Kids & the Yas Kween Players and director Nicole Passmore. Each of the three chosen ensembles will receive $750 to put towards a director's honorarium and production costs for an upcoming run of an original show at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. This year's selected director will also receive $750 to be applied to both a directing honorarium and production costs for an upcoming production she will helm at the theatre.

From Shari Hollett, administrator of the fund: "The showcase this year was so impressive that we had to choose three winning troupes, we are so excited at the calibre of work we are seeing at Bad Dog."

Congratulations, also, to the other exceptional troupes chosen to showcase for the 2016 funding: Prom King, DaFlo, Sweet Potatoes & the Kinsey Fail Ensemble.


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 STREAMS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

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.  

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 in September 2017
  • 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: August 1, 2017

Send submissions to: julie@baddogtheatre.com


2015 FUNDING UPDATE:

In 2015, through the generosity of the fund, we were able to supporting original directed projects proposed by Fake Cops (working with director Kirsten Rasmussen) & FLiNT improv (working with director Peter Stevens, initially, then Nicole Passmore) in our emerging ensemble stream as well as the development of new work by Colin Munch (True Blue) & Matt Folliott (Spoken) in our established director stream. Each financial award consisted of a $450 director’s honorarium as well as $300 to offset production costs as each of these four new works were given a fully staged run at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre in 2015/16.

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.

In collaboration with the Canadian Comedy Awards, Bad Dog and the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund awarded a $1000 cash prize to the 2015 Canadian Comedy Award winners in the Best Female & Male Improviser categories: Kirsten Rasmussen & Kris Siddiqi.


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.