Artistic Director

ADAM PAOLOZZA

Adam is an award-winning performer, director, writer and producer. 

 

In 2014 Adam created BAD NEW DAYS to produce his own projects and explore his vision of a contemporary poetic theatre of gesture.

 

"I'm searching for an autonomous theatre that responds to, rather than reflects, contemporary existence. A theatre based in a practice dedicated to formal experimentation and collaborative, devised creation. 

 

I'm pursuing a theatre of affective interruption, cultivating an encounter between audience and performer that challenges the traditional ways through which we perceive meaning. My hope  is to foster a more active, empathetically engaged spectatorship, encouraging the audience to experience the work as an aesthetic 'caesura' in their lives, an existential pause in which to reflect on the world." 

I believe theatre has the potential to open up new space for radical thinking precisely because it is an art where meaning is held 'in suspense', so to speak, as pure potential." 

Adam and Bad New Days have been nominated for 18 Dora Mavor Moore awards, winning one personally for performance. He is an RBC Emerging Artist Award nominee and a K.M. Hunter Award nominee. He is a former Urjo Kareda resident artist and a former member of the Playwrights' Unit at Tarragon Theatre. Bad New Days is a former RBC emerging company in residence at Canadian Stage. 

 

In addition to creation work, Adam is a dedicated teacher. He's been a sessional instructor at the Soulpepper Academy, taught at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. He has given independent workshops in Scotland, France, India and China as well as all over Canada, using his own unique interpretation of the Lecoq pedagogy. Adam's goal as instructor is to help students develop a spontaneous mind and body connection through a coupling of formal technique and improvisation. 

 

He is a graduate of École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Ryerson Theatre Schooland has studied Corporeal Mime with the Decroux company Intrepido in Paris. He also studied Commedia Dell’Arte with Marcello Magni of Théâtre de Complicité