Our Cities On Our Stages

Bad Dog Theatre Company is excited to announce the return of our diversity and inclusion conference! Year three of Our Cities on our Stages will take place on at CSI Bathurst on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 and will explore the theme of Doing the Work.

Our Cities on Our Stages Symposium

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Bad Dog Theatre Company is excited to announce the return of our diversity and inclusion conference! Year four of Our Cities on our Stages will take place at CSI Bathurst on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 and will explore the theme of Doing the Work. On offer all weekend: 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. 


The first two years of OCOOS were broadly themed around best practises in Inclusion and Diversity. In its third year, OCOOS shifted gears to focus on the development of the next generation of creative leadership in improvisation & comedy. This year’s Our Cities on Our Stages will focus on allyship. We will explore approaches to creating equity and being an ally at the individual and institutional level. We will offer educational talks to inform critical thinking about privilege and how that manifests in comedy, be it on our stages, in our classes or in our gathering spaces . We will also explore and share best practices how we can continue to improve upon our individual practices of being an ally. The symposium will employ various strategies to foster a critical thinking about the dynamics of power and privilege.

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On Day One of OCOOS, we will explore privilege, the lived experience of physical disability in comedy and the impact of colonialism through prepared talks, performance and facilitated conversations. Together, we will discuss what allyship looks like and we will brainstorm inclusion resolutions for the coming year. On Day Two we will break into conversation labs, each offering the opportunity to practically workshop inclusive ideas and techniques like the facilitation of check-ins/check-outs, asking difficult/scary questions and bystander intervention. We will explore the concept of resilience and we’ll conclude with a community shareback wherein we will chart concrete goals and next steps as a community.


No problem! We totally understand, drop in and out as you need!


Are you an improviser? A student of improv? A teacher of improv? A producer? An administrator? A person? Our Cities on Our Stages is for you.

The overarching goal of this symposium is for our improv/comedy stages & communities to better reflect the cities we live in. We won't solve that in two days… but our hope is that all of our core collaborators will walk away with actionable ideas, expanded support networks, and better sense of their community.


The event is sponsored by the Centre for Social Innovation is held at CSI Annex 720, which is an accessible venue.


No one will be turned away for lack of funds, however we suggest a $15 donation to help us cover the cost of our panelists and workshop leaders.


Please contact us should you require any specific accommodations in order to be able to participate. We are keen to explore all available avenues to welcome interested participants - inclusion@baddogtheatre.com