Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Program

Bad Dog's Diversity and Inclusion Program strives to ensure the inclusion of traditionally marginalized voices to our stage and classroom settings in authentic and sustainable ways. We are working to deconstruct barriers of entry to the improvised comedy world in a variety of ways.

Our Cities On Our Stages Symposium

On May 28 and 29th, 2016 we will host the first edition of a two day conference which will enable the development of diversity and inclusivity initiatives in Toronto improv companies. Bad Dog will curate a series of workshops, presentations and discussion panels led by diversity and inclusivity thought-leaders - from within the unscripted comedy sector as well as neighbouring artforms facing similar challenges - to advise and engage participants on industry-specific issues.

The Symposium focuses on two major outcomes:

  • address issues specific to the comedy community and art form of unscripted theatre in Toronto by sharing resources & knowledge with like organizations from other cities

  • development of innovative inclusivity models that will result in increased representation of minority voices on comedy stages and artistic environments

Bad Dog Academy Bursary

Beginning in July 2016, we will be providing two Academic Bursaries per semester for Bad Dog students who identify as members of under-represented groups including persons of colour, members of the LGBTQ+ community, women, persons over the age of 50, persons with disabilities and persons with financial need.


Bad Dog Talkback Series

Spanning a variety of topics, the Bad Dog Talkback Series seeks to provide a forum to discuss a variety of issues facing members of the comedy community.


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