Bad Dog’s Theatresports has been running in Toronto since 1982! Catch them any Friday night at Comedy Bar. Photo by DJ Tran.

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Participating Artist

Bad Dog Theatre

Bad Dog Theatre

Compassion Fund for Contracted Artists and Teachers

Level UP! Strategy Area: Compassion Fund

Pilot Project: Compassion fund for contracted artists and teachers

Project Duration: 2023 – 2024

Continuing to Implement: Yes

Resources Shared: Project Field Notes, Caregiver Needs Assessment Survey, Compassion Fund Program Outline

About Bad Dog Theatre

Location: Ontario
Artistic Discipline: Comedy, Theatre
Operating Budget: $100,000 to $1,000,000

Bad Dog Theatre Company is an artist-run charity that has produced Toronto’s best improvised comedy for 40 years. From beginners to advanced everyone has something to learn from improv! Bad Dog Theatre’s mission is to create top quality performances and training for audience members, performers and students, to reflect the artistic value of improvised theatre and its ability to provide live shared experiences. Bad Dog’s goal is to transform the culture and perception of improvised theatre, elevating the artform to unprecedented standards of success and professionalism.

Bad Dog Theatre’s Level UP! Project

Bad Dog Theatre piloted a Compassion Fund for contracted artists and arts workers on marquee productions and educational faculty, to a maximum of $150 per participant for the calendar year. As part of the pilot, Bad Dog sought to explore promising methods to share the funds and to refine future uses of, and processes for, accessing the fund. To ensure the funds were as barrier-free as possible, Bad Dog operated on an honour system of need and sought to uplift equity-owed identities.

Project Highlights:

    • Responding to caregiving needs when both parents are artists
    • Creating a comprehensive Compassion Fund Program Outline that contains a Compassion Fund form template, follow-up email template, and related research on legal definitions

Resources

Bad Dog Theatre | Project Field Notes

About This Resource Bad Dog Theatre shared these Project Field Notes in 2024 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. Their project focused on developing a Compassion Fund for contracted artists and arts workers and education faculty members.

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Bad Dog Theatre | Caregiver Needs Assessment Survey

About This Resource Bad Dog Theatre created this Caregiver Needs Assessment Survey in 2024 while developing their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. Bad Dog invited contracted performers with children to respond to the survey to gain a better understanding of...

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Bad Dog Theatre | Compassion Fund Program Outline

About This Resource Bad Dog Theatre created this Compassion Fund Program Outline in 2024 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. Teh outline was developed as an internal document and contains helpful wording that could be adapted by other...

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More Information

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