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BAD NEW DAYS was formed in 2014 by Adam Paolozza to explore his vision of a contemporary poetic theatre of gesture.

*Bad New Days evolved out of Adam's previous company,TheatreRUN which ran from 2008-2014. 


Bad New Days has produced 10 major productions and we have several projects in various stages of development.

We produce roughly two major workshops a year, often led by Adam Paolozza.


We sometimes host world-class guest instructors, such as Theatre de Complicité's Marcello Magni. 


We have toured to Italy, China, India, Scotland, Romania, New York, Kelowna and Ottawa. 


Bad New Days timeline: 


2008: co-production w/ Why Not Theatre of TOOLS (best-selling production of the Toronto Clown Festival). Workshop performance of Artaud: un portrait en décomposition in Toronto.


2009: Co-production of SPENT w/Theatre Smith-Gilmour & Why Not Theatre (best selling show of Toronto Clown fest and goes on to successful run at Factory Studio Theatre). Co-creation with Why Not Theatre of The Raven, by Poe is presented at the Young Centre as part of Luminato’s New Waves Festival and later at the Factory Theatre’s Lab Cab Festival. Adam Paolozza and Coleen MacPherson translate and develop The Pasolini Project.


2010: SPENT is nominated for 3 Dora Mavor Moore awards, Best New Play, Best overall Production and Best Performance by an Ensemble. It goes on to win Best Performance by an Ensemble, Staged reading of The Pasolini Project at Canadian Stage’s Festival of Ideas and Creation. New creation, The Double, adapted from Dostoevsky’s novella presented at Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ Festival. Piece is co-created with Arif Mirabdolbaghi. SPENT is remounted for a four week run at the Factory Theatre.


2011: New production of Artaud presented at Théâtre Français de Toronto. L’Empire de la nuit presented at L’Alliance Français’ salon du livre. Co-production with Why Not Theatre of an international workshop in Toronto with Marcello Magni from England's Théâtre du Complicité. SPENT is remounted for sold-out run at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto and goes on to a completely sold out run at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. SPENT tours to India. Artaud : un portrait en décomposition tours to China. 


2012: The Double premiers at the Factory Studio Theatre in Toronto, plays to sold-out houses and garners 2 Dora nominations for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Lighting Design. It wins for Lighting Design. Adam Paolozza is named Urjo Kareda resident at the Tarragon Theatre. SPENT plays a two-week run in NYC to great acclaim. Commissioned by Cooking FIre Festival to create Period of Tranzish . SPENT plays at Cooking Fire Festival. Artaud: un portrait en décomposition plays the SummerWorks Theatre Festival in Toronto.


2013: Shostakovich, Or Three Days In Red has workshop showing at Rhubarb Festival. SPENT presented by the Young Centre for the Performing Arts for an exclusive run. The Double tours to Kitchener. Four week development workshop for new piece with Ravi Jain, Dan Watson and Guillermo Verdecchia called Flashing Lights at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. The Double is remounted as part of Tarragon Theatre's 2013 season . Name change from TheatreRUN to Bad New Days.


2014: Artistic Director Adam Paolozza spends 2 months in Italy as part of an OAC international residency, studying folk theatre and Carnival. Adam is commissioned by Pro Arte Danza to choreograph an original piece. Adam Paolozza co-writes and performs in Zou Theatre's Business As Usual, presented at the Theatre Centre and co-produced by Why Not Theatre. In June Bad New Days is producing a two-day Lecoq Conference at the Tarragon theatre. Shostakovich & a new piece, Italian Mime Suicide receive funding and undergo a two week workshop in September 2014.


2015: The Double undertakes a 5 city Ontario tour in January.

In April The Double is presented for a sold-out run at the NAC in Ottawa.

The Double presents a pitch at the PuSh Festival in Vancouver and at the Sibiu International arts Festival in Romania. 

Adam Paolozza's one man show, Paolozzapedia - an auto-fictional biography, premieres as part of Why Not Theatre's Riser Project in May. 

Melancholiac: The Music of Scott Walker plays two sold-out shows at the SummerWorks Festival as part of the Music Series in August. 

Flashing Lights, co-created with Dan Watson, Guillermo Verdecchia, Ken Mackenzie, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken gets a two-week development workshop in September. 


2016: Adam Paolozza directs Carlo Goldoni's The Holiday Trilogy at Ryerson School of Performance for their classical period study course.  

Adam Paolozza receives a Chalmers grant for professional development and attends the Sartori international leather mask making workshop in Padova, Italy. 

Melancholiac gets a remount in Toronto and tours to St Catharines for the In The Soil Festival in April.

A new 8 hour durational piece, Empire of Night, co-created with Matt Smith (Prince Nifty), Charles Ketchabaw & Kari Pederson debuts at the SummerWorks Festival as part  of the Live Arts series in August. 

A new world premiere Double Bill: Italian Mime Suicide//Three Red Days, premieres at the Theatre Centre October 8th-23rd.

2017: Adam Paolozza directs the University of Toronto's graduating performance studies class in a collection of short plays by Samuel Beckett called The Beckett Shorts. 

Adam Paolozza directs two plays by Carlo Goldoni, The Venetian Twins and The Artful Widow for Ryerson School of Performance's classical period study course.

Adam participates in Commedia dell'arte workshop led by Marcello Magni in June. 

August new Bad New Days workshop co-taught with Zou Theatre's Viktor Lukawski called The Deviser's Lab. 

The world premiere of a new work, in co-production with Ahuri Theatre, called Flashing Lightswhich debuted at the Theatre Centre in October 7-22rd.

New November workshop led by Adam called Intro to Lecoq

Adam travels to Ottawa to direct Gabbie Lazarovitz and Brad Long's new work, Little Boxes, set to premiere at the Undercurrents Festival in February 2018. 

2018: Adam directs Little Boxes by Gabbie Lazarovitz and Brad Long at the Undercurrents Festival in Ottawa in February. 

Commedia dell'arte workshop for the Columbus Centre February 10th. 

Performance/lecture  Punch and I at the Columbus Centre in Toronto February 13th. 

Adam travels to Norway in April to develop Zou Theatre's Painted Bird project. 

2019: World premiere of our latest creation, Paolozzapedia, at Theatre Passe Muraille Feb 16-March 3rd 2019.

Bad New Days hosts a mask-making workshop with the world renowned Sartori family in Toronto, ON.

Adam Paolozza directs world premiere of a new song cycle about the devastation of forest fires in Canada, The Cave, with lyrics by Tomson Highway and Music by John Millard, to be presented at the Luminato Festival in partnershiip with Soulpepper Theatre. 




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