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Posted: Friday June 16, 2017
Adam Lazarus

Adam Lazarus is an award winning actor, director and acting instructor whose work has been showcased nationally, in the USA and Europe. Hailed as “Toronto’s favourite nasty clown” (Toronto Star), and “The Bouffon King” (NOW Magazine), Adam’s collaborators are varied and vast as he brings a dark and comic sensibility to all of his work. He is a sessional instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada, Pig Iron Theatre’s School for Performance, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, and the University of Toronto. He is also a regular facilitator of workshops, including consultations for Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, Ziauddin Yousafzai for his 2014 TED TALK My Daughter, Malala, the Vancouver Olympic Committee, Light Fires, Apostle of Hustle, Buddies in Bad Times, DanceMakers, The Toronto Film School, CanStage, Tapestry New Opera Works, and Volcano Theatre. Adam was the artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns for 10 years and is a graduate of and former apprentice to Master Teacher Philippe Gaulier. In the fall of 2016, he launched PlayOn Theatre, a new theatre school with a focus on creation and performance.

Notable credits include directing the Solo Show Project at the National Theatre School of Canada (2009-13), Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender (Videofag/Jesse LaVercombe), _ (Crow’s Theatre/Mamalian Diving Reflex), _Wonderland (QuipTake/SummerWorks), Le Fain de Partie (Waves festival/Luminato), Appetite (Volcano/Theatre Passe Muraille), The Lupe Trilogy, Tyumen, Then (Groundwater Productions); Bleed (QuipTake), The Art of Building a Bunker (QuipTake/Factory Theatre), and Daughter (QuipTake/Summerworks).

LATEST Adam Lazarus NEWS


SummerWorks Spotlight Award for Outstanding Performance (2016), Wonderland

Dora Award Nominee for Independent Theatre Division (2009), Appetite


Art of Building a Bunker, The

“The chuckles here are rarely easy or comforting, and sometimes the most unsettling ones are the most revealing.”
NOW Magazine

"Lazarus and Verdecchia do not soft peddle."
—Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

"Unexpected insight into the concepts of human fear, and vulnerability"
—Justin Haigh, Artsvox.ca

"An engrossing spectacle."
—Steve Fisher, Torontoist.com

"A tour-de-force…truly provocative."
—J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail

"Laughs galore…A delicious state of unbalance…Lazarus gets under our skin and settles there."
—Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto

"Lazarus and Verdecchia do a great job of yanking at our cringe strings in a way that’s both thoughtful and entertaining."
—Lauren Stein, Mooney on Theatre

"The chuckles here are rarely easy or comforting, and sometimes the most unsettling ones are the most revealing."
—Jon Kaplan, NOW

"Explores incivility … The Art of Building a Bunker pisses some people off, but it’s also getting rave reviews. ‘I come out the other end feeling all stirred up and a little bit ecstatic,’ Verdecchia says, describing his own experience of viewing the show. ‘I have a different relationship to it, being one of the creators, but I like the fact that many people find it unsettling, and I also like the fact that people like the fact that they’re unsettled.’ "
—Colin Thomas,_ Georgia Straight_

"Pleasantly amusing and smartly satirical."
—Robert Crew, Toronto Star

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