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with Adam Paolozza

Being Funny: 

Clown and Physical Comedy Intensive

June 6th-8th, 2024


"The clown doesn't exist aside from the actor performing him. We are all clowns, we all think we are beautiful, clever, strong, whereas we all have weaknesses, our ridiculous side, which can make people laugh when we allow it to express itself. "

-Jacques Lecoq


Why do we laugh? What makes us? How does it happen? 


During this unique three day workshop we'll play around with these difficult questions, cultivating a spirit of spontaneity & play while developing a sense of confidence and pleasure in pursuit of our own unique sense of what’s funny. 


Using games, exercises and improvisations we’ll explore: Play (le jeu); Physical Comedy; Character Development; Clown; and more. 


This is a unique opportunity for artists of all disciplines and skill levels to work on your sense of play, to improve playing beats with intention, clarity and rhythm, and to get comfortable with vulnerability and failure.


This workshop is led by award-winning performer, director and creator Adam Paolozza. Adam trained at the Lecoq school in Paris and studied mask with the Sartori family in Italy. With his company Bad New Days he’s developed a uniquely physical approach to creating theatre in Canada, with such works as Spent, The Double, Flashing Lights, Paolozzapedia, Italian Mime Suicide and The Cave.


When: June 6, 7, 8th 2024

11am-4pm daily

Where: The Railpath Arts Centre 35 Golden Ave. Toronto, ON

Fee: $350 plus HST 


**Discounts available for all Union members, former students, those in financial need. Reach out for more info. 

To sign up or ask a question write to Adam at:



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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