Adam Lazarus

Teaching: The Invisible Bouffon


Adam Lazarus is an award-winning theatre creator, actor, director, and acting instructor whose work has been showcased nationally, in the United States, Australia and in Europe. Hailed as “Toronto’s favourite nasty clown”, and “the bouffon king”, Adam’s collaborators are varied and vast as he brings a dark and comic sensibility to all of his work. A sessional acting 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, Adam was the founder and artistic director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns for ten years and is a graduate of and former apprentice to Master Teacher Philippe Gaulier.

Adam is known for dynamic and implicating solo performances, including the international thought disrupter Daughter; the radical race oration of The Art of Building a Bunker (co-written with Guillermo Verdecchia), and the vicious bouffon love play Wonderland.

Notable acting credits include Appetite for Volcano/Theatre Passe Muraille; [boxhead] for Crow’s Theatre/Mamalian Diving Reflex; Tyumen, Then for Groundwater Productions; and Le Fain de Partie for Waves festival/Luminato.

Adam has acted as a creation director for countless actors, musicians, speakers, comedians, dancers and performance artists, helping them to spark and form characters and narratives, worlds and images.

Adam lives in Toronto with his wife Sarah, and their two children, Josephine and Oliver.