Summer Intensive

Bad Dog Summer IntensiVE

Spend a week learning from some of Bad Dog's top instructors and directors - culminating in evening showcase performances.  Limited spaces available. 

I could not get over the mix of class and actual stage time. Bad Dog offers an exceptional atmosphere for learning, trying out new skills as well as watching some masterful improvisation by members of the company!”
— Laurie, 2015 Summer Intensive Participant

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN DURING YOUR WEEK WITH BAD DOG: Mornings will be spent taking specialty classes with top Bad Dog instructors & performers. Participants will work on ensemble dynamic, scenework and building a shared vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed on heightened theatricality, creating visually dynamic work, incorporating cinematic flair. Afternoons will be taught by the Artistic Director, Julie Dumais Osborne. She will focus on specific formats for show creation.

I came to Bad Dog to seriously push myself. It was an exciting challenge. All instructors exceeded my expectations. Extremely passionate, patient and articulate.
— Roya, 2015 Summer Intensive Participant

LEARN FROM THE BEST: Our teachers bring their experience in improv, theatre, film, writing, and life, to their work. This is not a 'learn from the book' experience. Bad Dog's teaching is focused, fluid, and on your feet. Bad Dog's faculty and players come from all over the world and all over the 'improv pedagogy spectrum'- we do not teach one style and we don't perform in a single form. Improv is improv and Bad Dog incorporates all elements of the art into our shows and curriculum.

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT BAD DOG? As Canada’s largest city, Toronto benefits from being a career destination for some of the top talent from across the country. Bad Dog’s faculty reflects this incredible variety of voices from different schools of improv thought, all unified by some key shared philosophies. Namely, that improv can exist for its own sake. Not as a tool but as theatre.

As an end, not just a means.

We believe in agreement, story, theatricality. We embrace relationships, rooted emotional choices, efficient and impactful scenework. We love game, mischief and world creation. We believe in solid fundamentals as a foundation for free and impulsive play.

WHEN:  Monday, July 4-Saturday, July 9th
Each day the ensemble will meet from 10am to 5pm (35hrs total) for the week (later start at 11am on Saturday, and 1hr for lunch each day).

COST: Early Bird $450 (ends June 1st), or full $499

WHO THIS FOR: The Summer Intensive is for improvisers with at least two years experience (or Foundation 1-3 equivalent) who are ready to tackle long form structures. Moreover, this is NOT just for Torontonians (though ALL are welcome!) this is a chance for out of towners to see what is happening in Canada's largest city, and what Bad Dog has to say about the art of improvisation!

Colin Munch, Scott Goldman, Candace Meeks, Kat Letwin & Julie Osborne photo cred Jorge Mijangos  


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