Louis Patrick Leroux, PhD
Associate Professor, English
Professeur agrégé, Études françaises
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve W.
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Teaching and supervision
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Montreal Working Group on Circus Research
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Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 and upon requested appointment.
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; Paris III, 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 (Paris III). Before joining academia, he worked as a playwright and director and was the founding Artistic Director of Ottawa’s Théâtre la Catapulte (1992-98) 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 creative publications include False Starts (2016), Ludwig & Mae (in French, 2016, in English, 2009), Dialogues fantasques pour causeurs éperdus (2012), and Se taire (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 multimedia and dramaturgy (National Circus School, les 7 doigts de la main, Géodézik) and has embarked on a three-year funded study of the dramaturgy of movement in contemporary circus and physical theatre (2015-18).
In the summer 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 many more to come.
Recent scholarly collections include Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries, coedited 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, coedited with Hervé Guay (Nota Bene, 2014).
He also edited issues for L’Annuaire théâtral: “Le Québec à Las Vegas” and “Ordre et désordonnancement”
Current projects include a book-length study of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas; a co-edited collection (with Catherine Cyr) on textualities and the body in performance; and he is one of the co-authors of an historical synthesis of Québec Theatre (under the stewardship of Gilbert David). Along with Katie Lavers and Jon Burtt, he is also working on a 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 de théâtre Jeu, Spirale, Canadian Theatre Review, L’oiseau-tigre, EntrActe, and Canadian Literature. A few articles articles have been anthologized in The Routledge Circus Studies Reader (2016) and Le théâtre québécois en revue (2014).
He is the founding director of the Montreal Working Groupon Circus Research. He is a regular member of Milieux (formerly the Hexagram Institute for research/creation in media arts and technology), and has beenan ongoing Research Faculty with matralab since 2007. He is also aregular member of CRILCQ-Université de Montréal, Centre de recherches interuniversitaire en littérature et en culture québécoises, as well as McGill University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal, and a member of the Socio-esthétique des pratiques théâtrales du Québec contemporain interuniversity 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 of Canada (NSERC) Canada Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Circus Arts at National Circus School, Montreal, (2012-2017; 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 Cirque du Soleil : comprendre le contexte des spectacles permanents d’un genre éphémère » (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.
In 2016, he received the Dean of Arts and Science’s Award for Scholarship—Mid Career. Previously, Concordia awarded him the university-wide 2010 Emerging Scholar Award (and the title of University Research Fellow for 2010-11). In 2009, he had won the Dean of Arts and Science New Scholar award.
National awards for his scholarship in theatre and performance studies include the 2009 Jean Cléo Godin Prize for best article published in French and the 2012 (ex aequo) Richard Plant Prize for best article published in English. He is the first scholar to have won both awards.
His extensive commentary on the Cirque du Soleil sale and on the circus scene in Montreal and abroad was heard and read on CNN, CBC, Radio-Canada, RDI, TVA-LCN, Czech national radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (UK), National Post, Globe and Mail, and Le Devoir. He was named Concordia’s “Newsmaker of the Week” twice in April 2015 for the scope of the commentary, and was awarded the 2015 Expert Commentator of the Year Award by Concordia University Media Services.
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 ofMusic 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 will be a Visiting Scholar at the Centre national des arts du cirque in Châlons-en-Champagne, France. And will be giving talks there and at French universities on contemporary circus dramaturgy and the creative process.
In Fall 2016, he is again guest teaching at National Circus School of Montreal.
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.
Teaching and Graduate Supervision
He is currently supervising and has supervised post-doctoral fellows, PhD students in Humanities and INDI programs, MA students in English (Creative Writing and Literature), Études françaises (Literature and Translation), and in the INDI program.