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September/October 2022



Bad New Days is looking for lighting, projection, set and costume designers for several upcoming projects in 2022, 2023 and 2024. 


Who are we? 

We’re an image-driven, devised physical theatre company based in Toronto that privileges a collaborative creative process. We’re hoping to meet some new designers to come on board for some exciting projects that we have in various stages of development. 


Who are you? 

You’re a designer with a love of collaboration, a willingness to work in a devised process, as well as a desire to create designs that interact more intimately with the human body and movement. Ideally you’re a designer that possesses more than one design skill (i.e. lights & projection; or set & costume). 

Emerging designers, as well as those who have a background in fine arts, installation or sculpture are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Some projects require availability as soon as November-December 2022, others are more spread out over the next few years. Fees will be commensurate with ADC rates and may be slightly higher based on experience, work load and combination of design skills required. 


If you’re interested and would like to learn more, please reach out and say ‘hello’ and send us your bio/CV and link(s) to your work. We’ll be scheduling interview/meet and greets over the next several weeks. 


Please send all questions and info to with the heading “Design Submission”. Please submit all materials by October 23, 2022.

Thank you! 

Italian Mime Suicide wins FIVE DORA AWARDS!!!!

We're very honoured to announce that our play Italian Mime Suicide, which played at The Theatre Centre in April, has won five Dora Mavor Moore Awards:

Outstanding Production - Italian Mime Suicide 

Outstanding New Play - The Company 

Outstanding Direction - Kari Pederson and Adam Paolozza

Outstanding Lighting Design - Andre Du Toit

Outstanding Costume Design - Allie Marshall and Evgenia Mikhaylova

Thank you to the whole team, our beloved audience, Tapa for organizing the Dora awards and to all the Dora sponsors. We'd also like to thank The Canada Council for the Arts, for the funding that makes this all possible.  




Bad New Days brings ITALIAN MIME SUICIDE to The Theatre Centre after a critically acclaimed, smash-hit run in Montreal at Théâtre Aux Écuries, earning a “Top Ten Shows of 2021” by the Montreal Gazette.












With an imagistic aesthetic reminiscent of the kitsch iconography of clowns, mimes and world-weary circus acrobats, ITALIAN MIME SUICIDE sensitively explores the levity within tragedy, creating a funny, poetic meditation on melancholy, the acceptance of failure and the usefulness of art in troubled times.

ITALIAN MIME SUICIDE marks Bad New Days’ return to Toronto stages to ask why do we make art, why is it important, and why now?

“Italian Mime Suicide features four marvellous mimes accompanied by a turntable musician who fuses jazz, electro and traditional polyphonic singing. Through different vignettes, always funny, sad and touching at the same time, the characters depict what could have caused the despair of this mime and pushed him to end his life. […] isn’t that precisely the magic of mime? To offer only poetry and beauty, even if it is a question of interpreting the greatest tragedies…?” –Sophie Jama,















COMING SOON to The Theatre Centre


April 21st - May 1st

All Tickets are on a Pay What You Can Afford sliding scale, available at:


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poster photo by Omar David Rivero

background photo by Najim Chaoui

teaser by Sandrick Mathurin




Quebecois Premier of Italian Mime Suicide 

Makes Montreal Gazette's Top 10 of 2021 List

​Based loosely on the true story of an Italian mime who jumped off a building claiming no one appreciated his art, Italian Mime Suicide is a (mostly) silent play about Mime. 


Using a lyrical, physical, comedic style - imagine Robert Wilson meets Cirque du Soleil -  and a visual aesthetic indebted to Picasso’s paintings and the kitsch iconography of world-weary mimes, clowns, and acrobats, Italian Mime Suicide is a poetic, philosophical meditation on themes of mental health, dignity in failure, and the usefulness of art in troubled times. 

Italian Mime Suicide returns to Toronto this April at The Theatre Centre, stay tuned for more information! 

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