Every spring Bad Dog hosts a two-day conference which enables 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.
Bad Dog provides academic bursaries 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.
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. Lead by industry professionals and offered throughout the year, Bad Dog Talkbacks take many forms; they may be Q&A's, lectures, or panel discussions but all strive to create a welcoming environment where we can learn and grow together as a community. Talk Backs are free to attend!. Past Talkback topics include Financial Planning, Gender & Sexuality on Stage, Consent on Stage & Mental Health in Comedy.
Speciality Drop-In Workshops
Bad Dog offers a series of speciality drop-in workshops for marginalized groups on rotation throughout the month. Speciality Workshops provide a safe space to explore improv. Our line-up offerings include workshops for 50+, People of Colour, LGTBQ+ & Spanish-speaking folk.
Acknowledging our lack of an accessible space, Bad Dog Theatre, CANVAS Arts Action Programs, and Disability Positive Consulting have teamed up to present Every Body Laughs, a showcase of disability positive comedy. Featuring a drop-in class, designed with the needs of physically disabled performers (and first-time improvisers) in mind, and performance Every Body Laughs is delivered periodically throughout the year.