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 spent with Bad Dog Theatre Company's Artistic Director, Julie Dumais Osborne, learning her original format, Pushpins.

Julie Dumais Osborne, Artistic Director The Bad Dog Theatre Company

Julie Dumais Osborne, Artistic Director
The Bad Dog Theatre Company

PUSHPINS Like Google street view come to life, Pushpins creates improvised landscapes on stage, fills them with characters and landmarks, and reveals the stories that make them unique. Smart and mischievous, Pushpins uses a simple audience suggestion to map out a comedic playground for improvisers to explore.Bad Dog Artistic Director Julie Dumais Osborne began developing Pushpins almost ten years ago at a summer improv camp in British Columbia before refining it in Toronto, first with PROJECTproject, then with the Bad Dog Repertory Players. Now a Bad Dog staple, Pushpins embodies the company’s affinity for balancing absurdity with heart-felt honesty in long-form, unscripted comedy."I love the interplay between people and place...the indelible effect they have on shaping each other's identities," says Dumais Osborne, "It feels particularly fitting that a show about imaginary human geography has now travelled across the country and is performed all over Canada." In the past three years, Pushpins has been presented on stages in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax. Our summer intensive affords participants a unique opportunity to workshop this format with its original director.

JULIE DUMAIS OSBORNE Julie has been Bad Dog's Artistic Director since 2010. She is an award-winning improviser, director and instructor who has done all of these things across North America, in Australia and on a boat. Previously, she spent nearly two decades working with the Canadian Improv Games in various roles including National Associate Artistic Director, Artistic Director of both Improv Camp & the Next Act Festival, National Head Judge and Regional Director of the Toronto & Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph tournaments. She is the co-creator of the internationally-franchised improv show format: catch23 IMPROV, is one half of performance comedy duo 10,000 to Flight and founded the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated improv collective PROJECTproject as well as the COMBUSTIONfestival which she now produces under the Bad Dog umbrella.

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. 

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; improv that shows, rather than just tells. We believe in solid fundamentals as a foundation for free and impulsive play.

Presenting unscripted work that is of a consistently high quality is part of our mandate.

WHEN:  Monday, July 19th - Saturday, July 14th, 2018
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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