about TheatreRUN

A note by Artistic Director Adam Paolozza

My vision of theatre is forward looking – I believe in a theatre to come, a theatre that hasn’t yet been invented. Though my work is steeped in theatrical tradition it is always striving to express itself in fresh, new forms.

TheatreRUN is driven by artistic values, such as craftsmanship, formal innovation, and ongoing research and development into traditional and experimental theatrical forms. Our mandate is to:

  •  create original theatre, through devised work, adaptations, interpretations and original writing
  • nurture new creation through a collaborative process
  • tour nationally and internationally
  • provide affordable training opportunities to the theatre community by giving workshops and by inviting internationally renowned artists to teach in Toronto
  • create work in French and English

My work is heavily influenced by Mime and is preoccupied with the way the human body expresses itself through movement, gesture and rhythm. Image and Music also play an integral role in the dramaturgy of my work.

I would say that I’m attempting to create a poetic vision of life onstage – to find the poetry in the everyday and to make that felt onstage.

One of the recurring themes in my work is the beautiful vulnerability of the human condition, whether expressed through comedy or tragedy, and our precarious place in history. I like to think that, even when it faces the dark side of our nature, my work still celebrates the joy of being alive and human.

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TheatreRUN timeline:


  • Adam Paolozza, Molly Feingold, Sophie Fletcher and Martine Eichenberger graduate from École Jacques Lecoq and form TheatreRUN
  • Horror Vacui: A Twisted Tale is created and previews in the geriatric ward of an art therapy hospital in Paris, and premiers in New York at the International Fringe Festival
  • TheateRUN’s creates Cabaret Fou! a music-hall style review


  • Horror Vacui: A Twisted Tale plays to sold out houses at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and garners rave reviews at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival
  • Bertie Wiesner joins TheatreRUN as company manager for Edinburgh-Charleston mini tour
  • Consolidated Works Contemporary Arts Center in Seattle, WA commissions TheatreRUN’s second full length creation, Russian Doll
  • performer Jimmy Garver and writer Andy Miara join the TheatreRUN ensemble for Russian Doll
  • Russian Doll wins Seattle Times Footlight award for best of Independent Theatre


  • Russian Doll plays at the Piccolo Spoleto festival


  • Adam Paolozza collaborates with artist Laura Nanni on the Playground series of performance/installations


  • TheatreRUN/Why Not Theatre co-production of the clown show TOOLS is the best-selling production of the Toronto Clown Festival
  • TheatreRUN presents the workshop performance of Artaud: un portrait en décomposition in Toronto


  • TheatreRUN, Theatre Smith-Gilmour & Why Not Theatre co-production of SPENT is best selling show of Toronto Clown fest and goes on to successful run at Factory Studio Theatre
  • TheatreRUN and Why Not Theatre co-creation 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.


  • 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 and Ensemble (Adam Paolozza and Ravi Jain)
  • Staged reading of The Pasolini Project at Canadian Stage’s Festival of Iddeas 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.


  • New production of Artaud presented at Théâtre Français de Toronto
  • L’Empire de la nuit to be presented at L’Alliance Français’ salon du livre
  • Theatrerun & Why Not Theatre produce an international workshop in Toronto with Marcello Magni from 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 a the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival
  • SPENT tours to India
  • Artaud : un portrait en décomposition tours to China


  •  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 and will develop The Double there.
  • SPENT plays a two-week run in NYC to great acclaim.
  • commissioned by Cooking FIre Festival along with Lisa Marie DiLiberto and Dan Watson to create Period of Tranzish a clown show about a just married yuppie couple moving into their first home.
  • SPENT plays at Cooking Fire Festival
  • Artaud: un portrait en décomposition plays the SummerWorks Theatre Festival in Toronto


  • An except from a new creation with a live string quartet based on the life of Shostakovich will play the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
  • SPENT presented by the Young Centre for the Performing Arts for an exclusive run
  • The Double tours to Kitchener

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