Our Cities On Our Stages

Our Cities on Our Stages Symposium

Bad Dog Theatre Company is excited to announce the return of our diversity and inclusion conference. On June 2 and 3, Our Cities on our Stages will return to continue the conversation on diversity and inclusion initiatives in Toronto improv companies and improv as a whole. Fully immersing itself over the weekend, 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. Under the company’s mandate to “elevate the artform”, Bad Dog looks not only to increase the accessibility of its own programming, but to share its findings to increase growth across many sectors. 

Look for details on programming a few weeks!


Saturday, June 1 • 10:30am-4:30pm

Pay What You Can
Suggested payment: $15
All funds go towards paying presenters and for accessible space.

Participants will enjoy a light breakfast (9:30am) & pizza lunch (12pm).


WHO IS THIS FOR?

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

The overarching goal of this symposium is - ultimately - for our improv/comedy stages & communities to better reflect the cities we live in. We see this inaugural gathering as a starting point for a sustained dialogue and ongoing institutional commitment to change and improved standards of inclusion. We’re very aware of how broad this is as a heading - and how many marginalized voices have yet to find a place of comfort and sense of belonging  in our classes, our shows, our audiences. Obviously, that won’t be solved in two days… but our hope is that all of our core collaborators will walk away with actionable ideas, expanded support networks (that reach between cities) and a schedule to reconvene and share our progress.


Accessibility

The event is sponsored by CSI and held at CSI Annex 720 Bathurst St. M5S 2R4 which is an accessible space. Day 1 and the morning of Day 2 are held at CSI.

For more information on the space please see: https://socialinnovation.org/location/csi-annex/

Please contact us regarding any specific accessibility needs and requests for participation in Our Cities on Our Stages. There will be volunteers and staff on-site available to assist those who may require assistance.  We are committed to working to have increased accessibility at our future symposiums. Bad Dog theatre itself has a set of stairs leading up to the theatres making it inaccessible to some. We acknowledge and deeply apologize for the inconvenience of having the afternoon of Day 2 at Bad Dog theatre, which is not a fully accessible space. We are committed to working to have increased accessibility at our future symposiums. Please contact inclusion@baddogtheatre.com if you have any additional questions or concerns about accessibility at the Our Cities on Our Stages symposium.

Accommodations

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