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.
Lisa Amerongen is Bad Dog Theatre's General Manager! Lisa originally hails from Alberta, where she performed in and volunteered with the Canadian Improv Games and Rapidfire Theatre for many years. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, with a background in both Early Childhood and Secondary Education. Since moving to Ontario Lisa has worked exclusively in Arts Administration with a focus on Marketing and Public Relations. Lisa began working for Bad Dog in 2013 and is over-the-moon about the growth the theatre has seen since moving to its own space at 875 Bloor St. W.
Contact Lisa if you have questions about marketing and promotions, donations and fundraising, or all things administrative or financial!
Jess Bryson has been the Academy Director for the Bad Dog Theatre Company since 2012. She started improvising in 2005 at the University of British Columbia and honed her improv skills with Instant Theatre and Vancouver Theatresports League. She moved to Toronto in 2010 and has been working with Bad Dog since. She has been teaching improv for over a decade, mainly at Bad Dog, and in festivals across North America.
Contact Jess if you have any questions about adult classes at Bad Dog!
Jennifer Ferris is Bad Dog Theatre's Youth Academy Director. She started improv as a player in the Canadian Improv Games which she has been a dedicated volunteer for over a decade and is now the National Program Coordinator. She is also one of the Regional Directors of the Toronto Tournament. Jennifer has traveled across Canada honing her improv skills, Next Act & Montreal Improv, to name a few places. In her first degree, she studied Multimedia and Film and ran the university improv club and in 2012 she moved to Toronto to study Theatre Performance. Soon after started volunteering and producing with Bad Dog theatre.
Contact Jenn if you have any questions about our Youth programming!
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!
Constantine is the Venue Manager at Bad Dog Comedy Theatre. Originally from London, UK Bad Dog gave him his first job in Canada in 2014 working in the box office. He has also volunteered at Hoopla Impro, London and worked at Comedy Bar, Toronto. Constantine has a Drama degree from the University of Lincoln and has performed improv in the UK, US and Canada.
If you have any comments, questions or ideas about the bar, box office or how the theatre runs on a day-to-day basis contact Constantine.
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!
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!
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.
Contact Etan if you would like to discuss artistic programming or rent performance space!