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.
Contact Julie for information about Bad Dog's artistic programming, mandate, festivals & future plans.
Connor Low is Bad Dog Theatre’s Technical Director and In-House Photographer. He has worked in various capacities for the Canadian Improv Games including Co-Regional Director of Toronto and sound technician for the CIG National Tournament. Additionally, he has worked in various roles for Make ‘em Ups Improv Co. including Managing Director and technician. He started working for Bad Dog in 2013. You can see his photo work, including work he has done for the theatre, at ConnorLowPhoto.com and you can see his tech work in person at Bad Dog Theatre.
Contact Connor if you have any questions about the technical parts of our venue, or if you'd like permission to use one of his many amazing photos!
Alia Rasul is Bad Dog Theatre’s Inclusion Director! Alia grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and immigrated to Canada in 2006. She fell in love with improv while enrolled in the Foundations series classes at Bad Dog Theatre in 2014 and has been performing comedy around the city ever since. She has a background in economics, psychology, and project management. Alia is passionate about creating greater access to improvised theatre for underrepresented voices and is thrilled to see Bad Dog’s ongoing commitment to better reflect the city we live in at all levels of the organization.
Contact Alia if you have questions about Bad Dog’s inclusion initiatives!
Coko Galore is a Toronto-based actor, comedian and curator. She is an alumna of the Bad Dog Featured Players and The Second City Training Centre. In 2015, Coko wrote, performed and produced her first solo-show ‘Mixed Chick’ (dir. Leslie Seiler) at The Toronto Fringe Festival. She is one half of the acclaimed improv comedy duo Coko and Daphney. Together, they have performed in many festival and shows including Just For Laugh’s alternative festival OFF-JFL/ZOOFEST and the Harbourfront Centre’s 2018 ‘Brave Festival’ opener sets, which was also curated by Coko. In 2016, Coko was Assistant Director to Julie Dumais Osborne’s acclaimed ‘La Grande Jatte’. Coko curates and produces various shows that focus on highlighting BIPOC & LGTBQ+ performers including ‘The Party Show’, ‘Kiss N Tell’, and ‘Black and Funny Comedy Night’.
We are excited to announce that Vance Gillis will be joining the Bad Dog team as our new Academy Director in September 2018. Vance comes to Toronto from Montreal where he is currently the Education Director at Montreal Improv.
Originally from Halifax, Vance's background is in project and team management in the corporate environment. He began improvising in Montreal in his spare time and eventually joined Montreal Improv's teaching staff, working with students of all levels for over five years. In addition to teaching, he's produced dozens of shows (including the half-scripted, half-improvised 50/50, which has been performed for sellout audiences at both the Montreal Improv Festival and Just For Laughs). He has also performed at festivals all over North America and served as the Artistic Director for the Montreal Improv Festival.
Contact Vance if you have questions about Bad Dog classes & education initiatives!
Avery Jean Brennan
Avery Jean Brennan (she/her) is Bad Dog’s Box Office Manager and a freelance playwright, educator, and producer. After working as Intern Artistic Director at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, she relocated to the GTA, where she now runs a workshop series to help artistic organizations understand and support gender diversity, originally developed for Young People’s Theatre. Her most recent writing, The Pansy Craze – A New Musical, was the inaugural recipient of the LGBTQ Fringe Award from Gay Theatre Toronto, for pushing the boundaries of roles and themes explored on stage. As an educator, she is currently one of the mentors for The Artists Mentoring Youth (AMY) Project, and she is dedicated to empowering transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming voices wherever she goes.
Etan Muskat, Bad Dog's Artistic Associate, is a writer, actor and improviser. He is an alumni of The Second City Mainstage where he wrote and performed in 4 revues. He is a founding member of the award-winning Bad Dog Repertory Players and has toured across the country performing improv, theatre and sketch. With his Montreal-based theatre company Two By Four he created four original plays including the award-winning Space Jail. In 2009 he co-wrote and directed the acclaimed webseries The Bitter End. TV credits include Baroness Von Sketch Show,The Expanse, Odd Squad and Designated Survivor. He has two children, both unemployed.