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 participation 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.
Bad Dog Theatre is thrilled to launch its new 8-week Mentorship Program this year. The Mentorship Program aims to help train emerging artists who are looking to grow their roles within the community (as producers, techs, stage managers, arts administrators, teachers, performers, etc.) Mentorship Program participants will be paired up with experienced members of the Bad Dog community.
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.
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.
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. Lead by industry professionals and offered throughout the year, Bad Dog Talkbacks take many forms; they may be Q&A's, lectures, or panel discussions but all strive to create a welcoming environment where we can learn and grow together as a community. Talk Backs are free to attend!. Past Talkback topics include Financial Planning, Gender & Sexuality on Stage, Consent on Stage & Mental Health in Comedy.
Bad Dog offers a series of speciality drop-in workshops for marginalized groups on rotation throughout the month. Speciality Workshops provide a safe space to explore improv. Our line-up offerings include workshops for 50+, People of Colour, LGTBQ+ & Spanish-speaking folk.
Learn more about our Drop-In Workshops.
Acknowledging our lack of an accessible space, Bad Dog Theatre, CANVAS Arts Action Programs, and Disability Positive Consulting have teamed up to present Every Body Laughs, a showcase of disability positive comedy. Featuring a drop-in class, designed with the needs of physically disabled performers (and first-time improvisers) in mind, and performance Every Body Laughs is delivered periodically throughout the year.
ANTI-HARASSMENT & NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY
Bad Dog has a strict nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policy.