Julie Dumais Osborne

​Artistic Director


Bad Dog's Artistic Director since 2010, Julie is a Toronto-bred improviser, producer and voice actor who has been improvising for more than 20 years. In 2014, she was singled out by Torontoist.com as one of the year's municipal "heroes" for her work with the company. 

A multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee, she has directed, taught and adjudicated improv across the country and in Australia. Most recently, she has been a guest director at improv festivals in Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax. Here at home, Julie directs the company's resident cast: the award-winning Bad Dog Repertory Players. Credits include the hit shows: Toronto, I Love You, PushPins, Poinsettia, People City and The Curator

Julie is one half of the appealingly appalling “progressive” improv duo 10,000 to Flight (with comedy partner-in-crime Mark Andrada) and prior to joining the Bad Dog team, she performed with & helmed the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated PROJECTproject – a project-based improv company known for their “experimental” comedy parties as well as the PROJECTproject COMBUSTIONfestival - now produced by the Bad Dog Theatre Company.

Julie has served as National Associate Artistic Director, National Head Judge, National Festival Director and spent eight years as the Toronto Regional Director of the Canadian Improv Games – the country’s largest improv festival and tournament for high school students… with local chapters from St. John’s to Victoria. She has worked as Artistic Director of both Improv Camp and the Next Act Festival – also aimed at fostering excellence in improvisation in young people.

Julie has performed with the Second City National Touring Company (on land and at sea); and at the Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal & Winnipeg International Improv Festivals as well as at Edmonton’s Improvaganza, the Del Close Marathon in New York and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin. With 10,000 to Flight, Julie co-curated the buzzed-about “underground” Manifesto series of cabaret houseparties/comedy salons. She is the co-creator of the popular (and internationally franchised) competitive format catch23 IMPROV and was one of the original producers of that long-running weekly show as well as the c23 Tournament of Wonders it spawned.

Previous Bad Dog Theatre credits include: RPM, Improvatron 3000, Pad Set, Weirdos, The Late, Late Horror Show, the Grrrrlz Show, and 3, 2, 1…

In her spare time, Julie is the sales & marketing voice of the Family Channel and can additionally be heard hawking any number of products, services and dreams for the future on the airwaves and online.