Louis Patrick Leroux, PhD
Professeur titulaire, Études françaises
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Montreal Working Group on Circus Research
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Wednesdays 10 to 11:30 a.m. Or by Appointment.
Prof. Louis Patrick Leroux is a playwright, director, and scholar who holds a joint appointment in both departments of English and French Studies.
After degrees in Theatre (Ottawa, BA; Sorbonne nouvelle, DEA), French Literature (Ottawa, BA), and Arts Management (HEC-Montréal, DESS), he earned his doctorate in Theatre and the Performing Arts from the Sorbonne nouvelle. Before joining academia, he worked as a playwright and director and was the founding Artistic Director of Ottawa’s Théâtre la Catapulte during the 1990s and a co-founder of la Nouvelle scène theatre space in Ottawa.
His academic research and graduate supervision covers modern and contemporary theatre, self-representation in drama, cultural discourse, research-creation, dramaturgy, Québec literature, literatures on the margins, and contemporary circus.
Recent scholarly collections include Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries, co-edited with Charles Batson (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), “North-South Circus Circulations” edited issue of Québec Studies (2014), and Le jeu des positions. Discours du théâtre québécois, co-edited with Hervé Guay (Nota Bene, 2014).
He also edited issues for L’Annuaire théâtral: “Le Québec à Las Vegas” (2009) and “Ordre et désordonnancement”(2008). Currently, he is co-editing another issue, with Catherine Cyr, on textualities and the body in performance (2018).
Current projects include a book-length study of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. He is a co-author of an historical synthesis of Québec theatre (under the stewardship of Gilbert David). Along with Katie Lavers and Jon Burtt, he is also working ona new book on contemporary circus creators for Routledge.
He has published articles in French, English, and Spanish translation in L’Annuaire théâtral, Theatre Research in Canada, Journal of Canadian Studies, Québec Studies, Voix et images, alt.theatre, Études théâtrales, L’Aparté, Apuntes de teatro, Revue dethéâtre Jeu, Spirale, Canadian Theatre Review, L’oiseau-tigre,EntrActe, and Canadian Literature. Articles have been anthologized in The Routledge Circus Studies Reader(2016) and Le théâtre québécois en revue (Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2014).
Recent creative publications include False Starts (Talonbooks, 2016), Ludwig & Mae (in French, Prise de parole, 2016, in English, Talonbooks, 2009), Dialogues fantasques pour causeurs éperdus (Prise de parole, 2012), and Setaire (Prise de parole, 2010). He is the author of over thirty plays, films, and radio plays, with recent productions and staged readings in Montreal (2009, 2012), Ottawa (2010 and 2015), Vancouver (2013), and Santiago, Chile (2013).
His recent work on university-based research-creation can be seen on http://resonance.hexagram.ca, this includes theatrical productions, film, dance, and video installation. He has done additional research-creation work on circus, in a laboratory setting involving multi-media and dramaturgy (National Circus School, les 7 doigts de la main, Géodézik) and is currently embarked on a four-year funded study of the dramaturgy of movement in contemporary circus and physical theatre (FRQ-SC, 2015-18).
In the summer of 2016, his Hamlet on the Wire—Hamlet sur le fil, a theatrical performance for high wire and sound installation, was presented in Montreal. This resonant response to Shakespeare’s work was the second, after Milford Haven (video installation, 2012), of a series of more such adaptations to come.
Awards and Recognition
In 2017, he was elected to the College to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.
In 2016, he received the Dean of Arts and Science’s Award for Scholarship—Mid Career.
He was awarded the 2015 Expert Commentator of the Year Award, Concordia University Media Services.
He was twice named Concordia’s “Newsmaker of the Week” in 2015 (for the scope of his commentary on the sale of Cirque du Soleil).
Concordia awarded him the university-wide 2010 Emerging Scholar Award (and the title of University Research Fellow for 2010-11).
In 2009, he won the Dean of Arts and Science New Scholar Award.
National awards for his scholarship in theatre and performance studies:
2009 Jean Cléo Godin Prize for best article published in French
2012 (ex aequo) Richard Plant Prize for best article published in English.
He is the founding director of the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research. He is a regular member of PARC, Concordia’s Performing Arts Research Centre and has been an ongoing Research Faculty with matralab since 2007. He is also a regular member of Concordia University Quebec Studies Network and of CRILCQ-Université de Montréal, Centre de recherches interuniversitaire en littérature et en culture québécoises, and a member of the Socio-esthétique des pratiques théâtrales du Québec contemporain inter-university research group. Finally, he is Associate Researcher with the National Circus School of Montreal.
Recent major research funding (since 2009)
- Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FRQSC) recherche-création (2015-18): “Poétique du cirque contemporain (dramaturgies et grammaires d’une écriture en mouvement)” (principal investigator). A three year investigation into the grammar and poetics of contemporary circus, in collaboration with the National Circus School.
- SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (2015-18), “L’initiation des enfants à la pratique des arts du cirque et ses effets sur la littératie physique, la créativité et la resilience.” Patrice Aubertin, P.I. (École nationale de cirque de Montréal). Co-investigators:Michael Ungar (Dalhousie University), Doug Klein (University of Alberta), Dean Kriellaars (University of Manitoba).
- SSHRC Insight Grant (2014-17) for “Régimes socio-esthétiques du théâtre au Québec (1945-2015): synthèse historique” (co-investigator). A collective historical overview of contemporary Québec theatre by 9 colleagues from as many universities. Book in preparation (principal author on the “1960-79” chapter and co-author on two other chapters).
- SSHRC Partnership Grant (2013-2017) “Art for social change: an integrated research program in teaching, evaluating and capacity-building” (collaborator). Has allowed for the presence of a post-doctoral fellow at Concordia for three years.
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council ofCanada (NSERC) Canada Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Circus Arts at National Circus School, Montreal, collaborator.
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Conference and Workshop Grant (2012-13): “The State of Circus Research in Québec Workshop session on the Models and Conditions of Possibility” (principal investigator). First international conference on Québec circus held at Concordia, McGill, National Circus School and TOHU. The conference prompted the preparation of Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries (forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s UP)
- FRQSC Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs (2011-14) : « La Conquête Américaine du Cirquedu Soleil : comprendre le contexte des spectacles permanents d’un genreéphémère » (principal investigator). Many articles and talks came out of this project. Book in preparation.
- FRQSC research-creation team grant (2009-12). « Hypertext and Performance:A Resonant Response to Joanna Baillie’s Witchcraft» (principal investigator). Many workshops and productions came out of this research program. The process and performances can be consulted on the Resonance website.
Media and Outreach
His commentary on the circus scene in Montreal and in North America has been heard and read on CNN,CBC, Radio-Canada, RDI, TVA-LCN, Czech national radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (UK), Globo (Brazil), National Post, Globe and Mail,and Le Devoir.
Talks and Visiting Positions
Over the past few years, he has been invited to give talks, keynote addresses, and guest classroom lectures on research-creation, the creative process, Cirque du Soleil, contemporary circus, interdisciplinary practices, nineteenth century French theatre, the business of playwriting, and Québec drama and literature at Charles University (Prague), Masaryk University and the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno), the University of London (Royal Holloway), Northwestern University, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Université de Montréal, University of Ottawa,Waterloo University, the National Circus School, University of Guelph, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Concordia University, McGill University, École Polytechnique de Montréal, New York University, University of California in Los Angeles, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
In March 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre national des arts du cirque in Châlons-en-Champagne, France.
In Spring 2014, he was a Visiting Scholar in Theatre Studies at Charles University (Prague).
In Spring 2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at Duke University’s Centre for Canadian Studies.
Between 2012 and 2014, he was a resident scholar at Montreal’s National Circus School where he is an active collaborator with the Industrial Research Chair in Circus Arts (2012-17) and where he is ongoing Research Associate and has taught performance history and aesthetics to students in the professional program.
Upcomingtalks in 2017:
University of Münster, Germany, keynote, June 2017
Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Las Vegas, plenary talk, August 2017;
Bourse Rideau/TOHU, Montreal, September 2017 ;
Association for Canadian Studies in the US, Las Vegas, keynote, October 2017;
Elon University, North Carolina, guest talk, November 2017;
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, guest talk, November 2017;
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, guest talk, November 2017;
Davidson College, North Carolina, guest talk, November 2017.
University of Milano-Bicocca, December 2017.
Teaching and Graduate Supervision
ENGL 639: Quebec Performing Arts on the World Stage (July 7-17)
Part of the Faculty of Arts and Science Summer Field Schools
ENGL 335: Studies in Drama: Performative Dramaturgies
Wednesdays, 1:15 to 3:30 p.m.
ENGL 416 and ENGL 673: The Solo Play
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.
PhD, Humanities Program
Alison Bowie, “Translation in Memory and Performance: The effects of translation on memory and performance of early 20th century French theatre in Québec.” Principal supervisor. Committee members: Sherry Simon (Études françaises) and Hervé Guay (UQTR). Ongoing. Awarded FRQ-SC funding.
Sylvain Lavoie, La (seconde) nature du théâtre au Canada. Principal supervisor. Committee members: David Howes (Anthropology) and Christabelle Sethna (Ottawa), ongoing.
Joel Mason, philosophy and circus and ‘whiteness,’ secondary field supervisor. Principal supervision: Erin Manning (Film Studies and Studio Arts), ongoing.
Mathilde Perallat, Social circus and organizational structures within the art-for-social change ethos. Principal supervisor. Committee members: Norma Rantisi (Geography) and Wendy Reid (Management, HEC-Montreal), ongoing.
Rebecca Rustin, “Translating Yiddish theatre in Montreal.” Committee member. Principal Supervisor: Judith Woodsworth (Études françaises), ongoing.
PhD, Individual Program (INDI)
Megan Hyslop, “The Psychology of Natural Clowning: An Autoethnographic Study of Clowning and Land Connection,” principal supervisor. Committee members: Warren Linds (Applied Human Sciences) and Karl Hele (First Peoples Studies, School of Communities and Public Affairs), ongoing.
PhD, external co-supervision
Tanya Déry-Obin, « Les discours de l’intime dans les dramaturgies contemporaines québécoises et caribéennes françaises (Martinique et Guadeloupe », PhD, Department of French Language and Literature, University of Virginia. Graduated in 2016.
Dr. Marie-Eve Skelling-Desmeules, FRQ-SC-funded post-doctoral fellowship, “La formation en arts du cirque: l’étude du travail de corps dans deux contextes de formation professionnelle,” Études françaises. Fall 2017 to Summer 2019.
Dr. Catherine Cyr, FRQ-SC-funded post-doctoral fellowship (co-supervisor with Erin Hurley at McGill), Études françaises. June 2014 to May 2015.
Dr. Jennifer Spiegel, on social circus, department of English, 2013-15. SSHRC funding. May 2013 to August 2015.
MA,English Creative Writing theses:
Nick Carpenter, playwriting, “Shostakovich and the Siege,” ongoing.
Cherie Pyne, playwriting, “Melodramatic Children: An Autoethnographic Play,” ongoing. Awarded SSHRC funding.
Geneviève Robichaud, playwriting and prose,“Dialogues Between Elle, l’Auteure and l’Autre, followed by Dialogues entre Elle, l’Auteure et l’autre,” Graduated 2012. Awarded SSHRC funding.
Alexander St-Laurent, playwriting,“Barbotte.” Graduated in 2012.
Joanna Donehower, playwriting, “Adrift: petites histoires-little stories for children and lovers and renegades of the American Revolution,” graduated in 2010.
Lindsay Wilson, “The Arts of Beauty, or Secrets of a Lady’s Toilet. A Play,” graduated in 2009.
Elise Newman, playwriting, “As the Night the Day: Two One-Act Plays,” graduated in 2009.
Jennifer Kierans, screenwriting, “Blue Movie : Five Films about Coming to your Senses,” graduated in 2008.
MA,English, academic graduate research papers:
Drew Taylor, “Translating Ibsen’s Wild Duck, a study of techniques and strategies,” graduated March 2012.
Matthew Jones, “The Scatological Subaltern: Political obstinacy and dirty alterity in Rawi Hage’s Cockroach,” graduated 2011.
MA,Littératures francophones et résonances médiatiques, Études françaises:
Rachelle Fox, research-creation thesis, ongoing. Awarded FRQ-SC funding.
Cloé Rouville, “Latentation du retour dans l’œuvre de Dany Laferrière,” ongoing.
Vincent Voyer, “Mémoire individuelle et mémoire collective chez Michel Rabagliati,” co-supervised with Geneviève Sicotte. Graduated in 2017.
Catherine St-Arnaud,“(Re)Garder la route,” co-supervised with Sophie Marcotte. Graduated in 2017.
Jean-Marc Leduc, “La figure de l’Irlandais du XIXe siècle et à l’aube du XXe : perspectives historiques et littéraires (1815-1922),” graduated in 2014.
Jean-Michel Berthiaume, “Concaténation en continu : manifestations de la métafiction en bande dessinée,” graduated in 2013.
Catherine Langlois, “L’adaptabilité des radio-théâtres de Claude Gauvreau. Projet en recherche-création autour du radio-théâtre Magruhilne et la vie,”graduated in 2011.
Tanya Déry-Obin, “Résistances et adhésions à la ‘nation’ : Une analyse discursive de la tétralogie Le Sang des promesses de Wajdi Mouawad,”graduated in 2011.
Valérie Bazinet, “Figures d’altérité transformatrice : l’autre chez Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, Larry Tremblay, Dany Laferrière et Patrice Desbiens,” graduated in 2010.
Julie Lapalme, “La mutabilité au sein de trois œuvres franco-ontariennes : une lecture d’André Paiement, de l’Homme invisible-The Invisible Man de Patrice Desbiens et du Testament du couturier de Michel Ouellette,” co-supervised with Ollivier Dyens, Graduated in 2008.
MA,Traductologie, Études françaises
Alice Morissot-Mauss, “Les enjeux de la traduction théâtrale : Étude pratique et théorique à travers la traduction de la pièce Fathom et de la mise en lecture de cette traduction,” co-supervision with Louise Ladouceur (U of Alberta), graduated in 2010.
Jessica Moore, “Resonant Response Beyond the Limits of Translation,” co-supervision with Sherry Simon, graduated in2007.
MA, Individual Program (INDI)
Sarah Poole, “Writing the Circus Act,”principal supervisor. Committee members: Angelique Willkie (Dance) and MJ Thompson (Studio Arts), ongoing.
Dana Dugan, “Circus Dramaturgy and Creative Process,” principal supervisor. Committee members: Angelique Willkie (Dance) and Charles Batson (Union College), ongoing.
Sofija Jovanovic, “The ‘Problem’ of Character in Contemporary Circus in Québec,” principal supervisor. Committee members: Angelique Willkie (Dance) and Ursula Neuerberg-Denzer (Theatre). Graduated in 2017.
Alisan MacNeil Funk, “Circus Education in Québec: Balancing Academic and Kinaesthetic Learning Objectives Through anArtistic Lens,” principal supervisor. Committee members: Sandra Chang-Kredl (Education) and Theresa Bianca (Psychology). Graduated in 2017.
Sue Proctor, “The Archetypal Role of theClown as a Catalyst for Individual and Societal Transformation,” secondary field supervisor, along with Warren Linds (Applied Human Sciences). Principal supervisor: Edward Little (Theatre). Graduated in 2013.
« Théâtre autobiographique : quelques notions », Cahiers de théâtre JEU, no. 111, juin 2004, p. 75-85.
« Me! Me! Me! Autofiction and Confessional Drama in Montreal », Canadian Theatre Review, no. 118, Winter 2004, p. 71-73.