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Adam Paolozza

Adam Paolozza is a director, performer, producer, teacher and Artistic Director of Bad New Days.  After graduating from Ryerson in 2001 Adam followed his passion for movement and mask and studied in Paris at Ecole Jacques Lecoq for two years. After graduating he formed TheatreRUN with classmates and created two original shows (Horror Vacui: A Twisted Tale and Russian Doll) touring across the USA and to the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Adam returned to Toronto in 2006 and began a long, fruitful collaboration with Theatre Smith-Gilmour, collaborating on  Chekhov's Heartache, Katherine Mansfield, Grimm, too and Lu Xun Blossoms (which toured to China and was presented by the Luminato Festival). 

In 2008 he began making his own work again under TheatreRUN Canada. In 2013 Adam changed the name of the company to Bad New Days to pursue his vision of a contemporary, poetic theatre of gesture. Bad New Days develops, produces and tours original theatre as well as offering symposiums and affordable workshop to the community. BND highlights include Spent (2009 - 3 Dora nominations, winning for Best Ensemble, toured all over the world, sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival);Artaud (a French language biography of French Surrealist poet Antonin Artaud, co-produced by Théàtre Français and produced at SummerWorks); The Double(2012 - 7 Dora nominations, winning for Best Lighting Design, was remounted at the Tarragon, toured across Ontario and had a sold-out run at the NAC);threemenandwomenthree (2014 - a dance piece created for Proarte Danza); Paolozzapedia (2015 - a fictional autobiography, presented at the first Riser Project); Melancholiac (2015 - part concert, part dance show exploring the experimental music of Scott Walker. Debuted at SummerWorks and toured to the In The Soil Festival); Flashing Lights (in development for 2017 - a new collaboration with Dan Watson and Guillermo Verdecchia exploring the effect of screen based technology on our lives, presented at the Theatre Centre).  

As a performer Adam has collaborated with Zou Theatre, Fixt Point, Why Not Theatre, Soulpepper, Vertical City, Litmus Theatre & Ahuri Theatre. His co-translation of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Pylade (a modern re-telling of theOresteia story) was recently debuted in NYC by legendary La Mama theatre and toured all over Europe. 

He regularly teaches privately, giving classes based on his interpretation of the Lecoq pedagogy, designed to open up students' minds and bodies to spontaneity. He's a sessional instructor at Soulpepper Academy and guest instructor at Ryerson (he directed 2016's The Holiday Trilogy) and at U of T.  He recently completed a leather mask-making residency with the famous Sartori family in Padova, Italy.