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Inclusion Program & Community Initiatives

The Bad Dog Theatre Company seeks to create an environment which is supportive and welcoming to all people and reflects the experiences & perspectives of the greater community in which we live.

Bad Dog's Inclusion Program strives to ensure the inclusion of traditionally marginalized voices to our stage and classroom settings in authentic and sustainable ways. We are working to deconstruct barriers of entry to the improvised comedy world through a variety of programming and administrative initiatives at all levels of our company.
Lead by our Inclusion Director, Alia Rasul


Every spring Bad Dog hosts a two day conference which enables the development of diversity and inclusivity initiatives in Toronto improv companies. Bad Dog will curate a series of workshops, presentations, and discussion panels led by diversity and inclusivity thought-leaders - from within the unscripted comedy sector as well as neighbouring artforms facing similar challenges - to advise and engage participants on industry-specific issues.

The Symposium focuses on two major outcomes:

  • address issues specific to the comedy community and art form of unscripted theatre in Toronto by sharing resources & knowledge with like organizations from other cities

  • development of innovative inclusivity models that will result in increased representation of minority voices on comedy stages and artistic environments

Bad Dog Academy Bursary

Bad Dog provides Academic Bursaries for Bad Dog students who identify as members of under-represented groups including persons of colour, members of the LGBTQ+ community, women, persons over the age of 50, persons with disabilities and persons with financial need.

Bad Dog Talkback Series

Spanning a variety of topics, the Bad Dog Talkback Series seeks to provide a forum to discuss a variety of issues facing members of the comedy community.

Speciality Workshops


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