Adams Freedom Fund


Since 2015, Bad Dog is proud to have participated in a multi-faceted partnership with the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts with the shared goal of elevating the artform of improvisation and furthering its professionalization by supporting both established and emerging talent in the field.

One of the key obstacles to the development of exceptional live, unscripted comedy is limited access to the sort of funds required to make this discipline a viable, sustaining vocation. The Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund recognizes this challenge, and, through a generous donation, is helping the Bad Dog Theatre Company support our artists' ability to create the best possible work. Mentorship of a new generation of improvisers and creative professionals in the realm of unscripted theatre (directors, designers, producers, musicians, stage managers...) is another key plank of this endeavour.


Bad Dog is committed to the development of the next generation of improvised theatre artists and the advancement of our artform, onstage and off. The Emerging Creators Unit is a new initiative designed to nurture and support emerging directorial voices, arming them with the resources, tools and experience needed to create new unscripted work with confidence. It is our hope that this unit will also create opportunities for emerging voices to assume the key creative roles vital in bringing new perspectives and experiences to the stage.

This year, the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts will support a directing residency at Bad Dog for four emerging creators of unscripted theatre.



We are excited to announce the 2016 recipients of the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts awards to support the development of new improvised work: ensembles Lebron Janes, Your Kids & the Yas Kween Players and director Nicole Passmore. Each of the three chosen ensembles will receive $750 to put towards a director's honorarium and production costs for an upcoming run of an original show at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. This year's selected director will also receive $750 to be applied to both a directing honorarium and production costs for an upcoming production she will helm at the theatre.

From Shari Hollett, administrator of the fund: "The showcase this year was so impressive that we had to choose three winning troupes, we are so excited at the calibre of work we are seeing at Bad Dog."

Congratulations, also, to the other exceptional troupes chosen to showcase for the 2016 funding: Prom King, DaFlo, Sweet Potatoes & the Kinsey Fail Ensemble.


In 2015, through the generosity of the fund, we were able to supporting original directed projects proposed by Fake Cops (working with director Kirsten Rasmussen) & FLiNT improv (working with director Peter Stevens, initially, then Nicole Passmore) in our emerging ensemble stream as well as the development of new work by Matt Folliott (Spoken) in our established director stream. Each financial award consisted of a $450 director’s honorarium as well as $300 to offset production costs as each of these four new works were given a fully staged run at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre in 2015/16.

Additionally, we want to recognize and celebrate some of the other outstanding candidates for this funding, with whom we hope very much to collaborate in the near future: Prom Kings, Improvables, Dead Detectives, Falkor Productions, Dust Bunny & the Bad Guys.

In collaboration with the Canadian Comedy Awards, Bad Dog and the Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund awarded a $1000 cash prize to the 2015 Canadian Comedy Award winners in the Best Female & Male Improviser categories: Kirsten Rasmussen & Kris Siddiqi.


Pat and Tony Adams shared a deep love for the arts. In particular, they were devoted fans of jazz music, theatre, improv and comedy, and had great respect and affection for those who dedicated their lives to pursuing these passions professionally.

The Pat & Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts continues their tradition of encouraging such artists, giving them the opportunity to develop their skills and share their talents with audiences everywhere.