Bad Hats Theatre's new development stream, with the support of Theatre Direct, is designed to give new voices the opportunity to create, develop, workshop, and present new, exciting work for young audiences.

Combining our distinct, imaginative, and multidisciplinary storytelling style with Theatre Direct’s core tenet to commission and develop theatre for young people that empowers, educates and inspires, Bad Hats’ new program takes the voices of emerging creators and guide them from concept to workshop production.

This program was made to expand and include artists new to Bad Hats, drawing on the company’s leaders as a creative resource. Each year, we will provide an artist with financial and administrative resources, giving them dedicated writing time and two weeks of development with Bad Hats’ core team, culminating in an invited presentation for the city’s artistic leaders in YA programming, as well as a public workshop presentation in Mississauga’s Celebration Square each August.

This program began in 2018 with the development of Bad Hats’ Princess Frownsalot, an adaptation of the short story by John Bianchi presented in partnership with the City of Mississauga, about mental wellness and communication. The project was hugely successful and has since been programmed by Roseneath Theatre for a tour in Spring of 2020.

Current Bad Idea




created by Eliza Martin
Directed by
Victor Pokinko
Asst. Direction/Dramaturgy by Nicola Atkinson

Previous bad ideas



written by FIONA SAUDER
directed by sue miner

 We welcome submissions for new projects to New Bad Ideas year round! Have something you want to develop? Reach out to