It's happening... 875 Bloor St. West is being transformed into the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre! Stay tuned for details about our star-studded launch week happening August 11-16.
Read on for a message about the move from our AD, Julie Osborne:
When Marcel, Kerry & Ralph founded the Bad Dog Theatre Company in 2003, their vision was to create a permanent bricks-and-mortar home for improvised theatre in Toronto. Although we left that first physical home on the Danforth in 2011, Bad Dog never stopped seeking to create the type of environment where this artform could thrive and grow - with an incredible community of artists, students & audience members.
In August, Bad Dog will have a new home.
Our very own theatre designed specifically for improv, teaching space for our growing Academy, storage room for props & costumes, a bar to spend far too much time talking shop in, walls where we can celebrate the rich history of this company and unscripted comedy in Toronto… an address.
In August, the Bad Dog Theatre will open its doors at 875 Bloor St. W.
Upstairs from the post office.
We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Gary, James & Comedy Bar (and now Wayne, too). We couldn’t be more excited to help create a true destination corridor for comedy in the Bloorcourt / Bloor & Ossington neighbourhood.
Last summer, Bad Dog undertook a facilitated strategic planning process (made possible by an Ontario Arts Council Compass grant). We set out to clearly define the company’s mission, vision and a three-year plan to map our future growth. This huge next step brings us closer than ever to achieving those goals. I want to thank our General Manager Lisa Amerongen and our Board of Directors for all of their work towards this: our president Margaret Eaton (whose leadership has been transformative for this organization), Meagan Crump, Rob Chodos, Bobby Umar & Kenway Yu.
This fall, we will launch our 2014/15 season featuring an expanded repertory cast of 40 resident performers presenting a carefully curated selection of narrative & thematic longform shows and shortform improvisation (including Theatresports, of course) which will run from September 2014 to June 2015. This cast will be supported by a smaller ensemble of emerging artists who will both understudy the company and develop their own work. We will also continue to showcase our Academy students, our performance Studios, our Youth Academy, our resident Micetro specialists: the Rat Pack (both new and old), as well as finally having the proper space and schedule to support and develop our Strike Force ensembles and house teams.
Later this week, we’ll be launching submissions for our Summer Test Drive series in July - looking for shows that might be good fits for some of our new calendar openings!
Our Summer Party this past weekend was an amazing celebration of the people who make Bad Dog such an exciting place to work and play… and who make me full-on giddy about what the next year holds. So giddy that I forgot to mention our next Big Project: the Bad Dog Repertory Players’ upcoming run of Toronto, I Love You at the Toronto Fringe Festival. The startlingly talented Nick Di Gaetano is joining us for the run, reprising his role from last year’s Poinsettia - improvising musically and accompanying the show with a mix of original songs and Canadian covers in this unscripted love letter to the city. The show opens on July 4th at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79 St. George St.). Hope you can come!
I also invite all of you to to join us at Comedy Bar next weekend - on Saturday, June 14 from 1-3pm for our Annual General Meeting.
We have a lot to talk about…
Artistic Director, Bad Dog Theatre Company