MEET THE WOMAN KEEPING ONE OF TORONTO’S FAVOURITE COMEDY CLUBS ALIVE AFTER DEMOLITION

As the pandemic situation continued to worsen in Toronto, Bad Dog Theatre, like many other venues throughout the city, remained closed and was struggling to pay rent.

Coko Galore (Lead photo by Katherine Fogler)

Toronto’s popular Bad Dog Theatre closed its doors last summer due to COVID-19, but thanks to the work of Artistic and Managing Director Coko Galore and her team, the theatre still lives on by adapting to a new online landscape.

Prior to her role at Bad Dog Theatre, Galore had worked as a producer, performer, and writer for a number of shows including headlining various improv festivals and her biographical solo show MIXED CHICK at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Galore took over as Bad Dog interim artistic director on March 1, 2020. Two weeks later, the theatre announced they’d be cancelling all shows and closing their doors as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to spread through the city.

“That was my decision and it was the first decision that I made as interim AD,” Galore told blogTO. “When we shut down, we thought we were going to just shut down until the end of the month.”

“‘We’ll be back in April,’ that’s what we thought.”

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