Adam Paolozza – Artistic Director
Adam is a Dora award winning Toronto based performer, director, writer and producer.
He co-founded TheatreRUN in 2003 creating several shows and touring to Europe and America. TheatreRUN highlights: Horror Vacui: A Twisted Tale (2003 New York Fringe, 2004 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, 2004 Edinburgh Festival), Russian Doll (commissioned and performed at Consolidated Works Contemporary Arts Center in Seattle 2004 and at Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2004-Seattle Times FOOTLIGHT AWARD recipient for independent theatre).
In 2008 he created a Canadian branch of TheatreRUN to produce his own projects. Since then he has created TOOLS (2008, #1 selling show at the Toronto Festival of Clowns. Co-produced with Why Not Theatre), The Raven (2009, co-created with Ravi Jain and Coleen MacPherson for Luminato Festivals New Waves at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts) and SPENT, (2009, Factory Theatre Toronto, co-creation with Theatre Smith-Gilmour and Why Not Theatre. Nominated for three Dora awards including Best New Play, Best Overall Production and Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role, which it won. SPENT has been remounted three times in Toronto and toured to Edinburgh Fringe, India, New York and will tour to Dubai next year).
In 2011 he presented his original, French language work Artaud: un portrait en décomposition, co-written and directed by long time collaborator Michele Smith of Theatre Smith-Gilmour. The show is based on the life of poet Antonin Artaud and was originally produced in coproduction with Théâtre Français de Toronto. This piece went on to tour China in 2011 at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre‘s international ACT drama festival and has been selected for the 2012 SummerWorks Theatre Festival.
In 2012 he produced, directed and starred in The Double, an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novella with double bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi at the Factory Theatre. The Double was nominated for two Dora awards, for Best New Play and for Best Lighting Design, which it won.
Adam was the 2012-13 Urjo Kareda Resident at the Tarragon Theatre. As part of this residency he developed The Double under Richard Rose’s mentorship and assistant directed Richard on No Great Mischief on the Tarragon Mainstage. He also assistant directed and acted in Morris Panych’s The Amorous Adventures of Anatol. In November 2013 he will present a staged reading of his new play, Left, Right? as part of the Tarragon’s Playwrights’ Unit.
He is a regular collaborator with Theatre Smith-Gilmour (Chekhov’s Heartache, The Mansfield Project and Lu Xun Blossoms, GRIMM too and SPENT).
He has worked extensively with Lisa DiLiberto with her Fixt Point Theatre, collaborating on and performing in The Tale of A Town: Queen West which opened Passe Muraille’s 2011/12 season and recently touring to Huntsville, Ontario to create and perform in The Tale of A Town: Huntsville. He was part of Fixt Point‘s Four Corners Project at Theatre Passe Muraille. For the 2012 Cooking Fire Festival Adam was commissioned, along with Lisa DiLiberto and Dan Watson, to create a new piece entitled Period of Tranzish, a comedic-satire about marriage and real estate.
Adam has also created and performed with Pleiades Theatre, TheatreSKAM, The Children’s Peace Theatre, BoucharDanse, Buddies In Bad Times, Theatre Passe Muraille and Corpus Dance Projects.
He has directed for Soulpepper (The Sound Plays, Luminato festival 2008, w/Ravi Jain) and for the Children’s Peace Theatre (HERO: Under Construction, 2008 and In Shadows, 2009).
In 2011/12 he was a guest instructor at the Soulpepper Academy and assistant director to Leah Cherniak on their production of DIRT. He was also co-movement director on Soulpepper’s upcoming production The Royal Comedians, directed by Laszlo Marton.
Adam is a dedicated teacher and gives acting workshops in Scotland, France, India and China as well as all over Canada, using his own unique interpretation of the Lecoq pedagogy.
He is a graduate of École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Ryerson Theatre School and has studied Corporeal Mime with the Decroux company Intrepido in Paris. He also studied Commedia Dell’Arte with Marcello Magni, of Théâtre de Complicité
Recent Awards and Nominations:
2012/13 Urjo Kareda Resident at the Tarragon Theatre
Nominated for 5 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, won 2
Nominated for the 2011 K. M. Hunter Awards for Emerging Artist
Nominated for an RBC Emerging Artist Award 2010
Member of Canadian Stage’s BASH! Program for Directors, 2010
Seattle Times SPOTLIGHT AWARD winner for TheatreRUN’s Russian Doll