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).