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Louis Patrick Leroux, PhD

Professor, English
Professeur titulaire, Études françaises
Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts and Science

Professor and Associate Dean, Research


Louis Patrick Leroux is Associate Dean of Research at the Faculty of Arts and Science. He is a Full Professor who holds a joint appointment in both departments of English and Études françaises. 

Doctorate and DEA (Master’s II) in Theater (Sorbonne nouvelle) 
DESS in Arts and Cultural Industries Management (HEC Montréal) 
BA in Theatre and French Literature (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, organization and leadership in artistic organisations, and contemporary circus.

His approach to research and research-creation is fundamentally interdisciplinary and, consequently, he has worked with colleagues across many academic and practice-based fields. Recent and ongoing research projects include: the study of the poetics of writing the body in contemporary circus; performative research dissemination through research-creation; the physical, social, and creative impacts of circus practice on school children; digital cultural mediation and a socio-historical study of Québec theatre.

His research, as principal investigator, co-investigator, or collaborator has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Insight: 2014-18 and 2020-25; Connections, 2012-13, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19; Partnership Grant: 2012-17; Partnership Development Grants: 2015-18 and 2018-21; Partnership Engage Grant: 2020-21); by the Fonds de recherches du Québec—Société et culture (aide à la recherche-création, 2009-2012, 2015-18; and 2017-20; nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs, 2011-14; équipe en émergence: 2012-14); by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2014-18) and, as a collaborator, by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada though its College and Community Innovation Program (2012-17 and 2017-22).

Dr. Leroux regularly supervises or co-supervises students in Creative Writing and Literature, and in research-creation, performance, and contemporary circus in the INDI and Humanities PhD programs. He has supervised SSHRC, FRQ-SC and MITACS-funded post-doctoral fellows in both his departments. 

He is the founding director of the Montreal Working Group on Circus and a collaborator with the Canada Industrial Research Chair in Circus Arts. He is a regular member of the Performing Arts Research Cluster of the Milieux Institute (Concordia University), of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la literature et la culture québécoises (Université de Montréal), of the McGill Centre for the Study of Montreal, and of the Laboratoire de recherches sur les publics de la culture (UQTR). He is also on the advisory committee of the international Circus Arts Research Platform.

Recent and upcoming books include: Contemporary Circus, co-written with Katie Lavers and Jon Burtt (Routledge, 2019 and forthcoming Chinese translation), Les formes populaires de l’oralité chez Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, co-edited with Sophie Dubois (in preparation, Presses de l'Université de Montréal), Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries, co-edited with Charles Batson (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), and Le jeu des positions. Discours du théâtre québécois, co-edited with Hervé Guay (Nota Bene, 2014).

He has edited issues for L’Annuaire théâtral, including: “Le Québec à Las Vegas” (2009) and “Désordre et ordonnancement” (2008), and Percées: Explorations en arts vivants, "Corps scéniques, textes, textualités" with Catherine Cyr (2020). 
He edited an issue of Québec Studies in 2014 (“North-South Circus Circulations”), and was a section editor of the “Circus and its Others” issue of Performance Matters (2018).

He has published articles in French, English, and Spanish (translation) in: L’Annuaire théâtral, Theatre Topics, Theatre Research in Canada, Journal of Canadian Studies, Québec Studies, Voix et images,, Études théâtrales, L’Aparté, Apuntes de teatro, Revue de théâtre Jeu, Spirale, Canadian Theatre Review, L’oiseau-tigre, EntrActe, and Canadian Literature. His 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 books 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 Se taire (Prise de parole, 2010). 

His work on university-based research-creation, includes theatrical productions, film, dance, and video installation, and can be seen at 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). 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 commissioned resonant response to Shakespeare’s work was the second, after Milford Haven (performative video installation, 2012), of a series of more adaptations to come.

Over the past 15 years, he has given over 160 talks, keynote addresses, and guest classroom lectures across North America, Europe and South America on research-creation, the creative process, contemporary circus, interdisciplinary practices, nineteenth century French theatre, the business of playwriting, and Québec drama and literature. 

In Spring 2018, he gave a condensed doctoral seminar on research-creation at the University of Chile. In Spring 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. Previously, in 2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Canadian Studies, Duke University, Durham NC. He will be a guest teacher (remotely) at Taipei's Circus Factory program in contemporary circus in 2021.

Awards and Recognition

2020. Concordia Newsmaker (April 2020), University Communication Services

2018. Named to the Provost’s Circle of Distinction, Concordia. 

2017. Elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

2016. Dean of Arts and Science’s Award for Scholarship—Mid Career.

2015. Expert Commentator of the Year Award, Concordia University Media Services. Also twice named Concordia’s “Newsmaker of the Week” in 2015.

2012. Awarded, ex aequo, the Richard Plant Prize for best article on theatre and the performing arts published in English in Canada.

2010. Emerging Scholar Award for Concordia University (and title of University Research Fellow for 2010-11).

2009. Dean of Arts and Science New Scholar Award.

2009. Awarded the Jean Cléo Godin Prize for best article on theatre and the performing arts published in French in Canada.

Teaching and Graduate Supervision


Courses taught at Concordia

Graduate seminars taught

Coming, Summer 2021: ENGL The Dramaturgy of Research-Creation (intensive Faculty of Arts and Science international graduate seminar)

ENGL 639: Québec on the World Stage: theatre, dance, circus (intensive Faculty of Arts and Science international graduate seminar)

ENGL 637: Experiential learning in Contemporary Circus Practice and Physical Theatre: Methods in research-creation, action-research and participant observation (intensive Faculty of Arts and Science international graduate seminar)

ENGL 636: Writing about/on/with/at/the contemporary circus. A seminar on Research-Creation, Creative process and Meaning-Making (intensive Faculty of Arts and Science international graduate seminar)

ENGL 635: Studies in Drama: Performative Dramaturgies

ENGL 601A – Literatures in contiguity: Québecois, Canadian cultural spaces (MA and PhD interuniversity seminar given with McGill and Université de Montréal)

ENGL 602 – Special Topics in English Literature (graduate seminar in the Aesthetics of the “Well-Made Play” and the “Un-made” Play)


FLIT 640 – Séminaire avancé en littérature québécoise (Modes et stratégies de la représentation du Québec dans les arts de la scène)

FLIT 615- Métadiscours des oeuvres littéraires (3 cr.): La mise en scène de l’histoire québécoise par son théâtre.

FLIT 612 - Discours du pouvoir (« Octobre 1970 littéraire »)

FLIT 601 - Études des objets littéraires et du discours

Undergraduate courses and workshops taught

ENGL 498A and ENGL 604A– Advanced Seminar in (Contact Zone Montreal)

ENGL 427 – Advanced Creative Writing: Drama

ENGL 416 and 673 (cross-listed), The Solo Play

ENGL 345 – Modern Drama

ENGL 344, Advanced Drama

ENGL 227 - Creative Writing : Drama

FLIT 466 – Littératures francophones des Amériques

FLIT 449 – Littérature québécoise / Canadian Literature

FLIT 351 – Le théâtre québécois

FLIT 305 – Culture et littérature québécoise: XXe siècle

Student Supervision

Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows
Post-doctoral fellows
Dr. Joseph Culpepper, MITACS Elevate-funded post-doctoral fellowship with matching funds provided by Cirque du Soleil. “Adapting Human Performance Techniques, Illusion Aesthetics, and Specialized Apparatus from the World Stage. From Conjuring to Contemporary Circus Disciplines.” January 2019 to December 2020.

Dr. Marie-Eve Skelling-Desmeules, FRQSC-funded post-doctoral fellowship, “La formation en arts du cirque: l’étude du travail de corps dans deux contextes de formation professionnelle.” Fall 2017 to Spring 2018. 

Dr. Catherine Cyr, FRQSC-funded post-doctoral fellowship (co-supervisor with Erin Hurley at McGill), Québec theatre and the body. June 2014 to May 2015. 

Dr. Jennifer Spiegel, SSHRC-funded project on social circus, department of English, 2013-15. 

Current MA and PhD
Humanities, PhD

Sue Proctor, PhD INDI (Secondary fields supervisor), AClown’s Approach to Performance Pedagogy, Communication, Community Building andInclusion, started Sumer 2109.

Mathilde Perallat, “Le cirque alternatif à Montreal et ses représentations du social : étude de la performance comme espace de changement de la perception de l'altérité.” Principal supervisor. Started in September 2016. 

Alison Bowie “Anglophone Representation in Early 20th Century French Canadian Theatre: Dramaturgical Strategies for Staging Collective Memory and Cultural Contact Zones” Principal supervisor. Started in September 2015. Awarded FRQSC funding. 

Sylvain Lavoie, “Entre chiens et loups: la (seconde) nature du théâtre au Québec.” Principal supervisor. Started September 2014. 

Danielle Garrison, incoming 2021, "What role can the suspended body perform in screened media?" Co-tutelle with Université de Montpellier.


Mélanie-Beby Robert, “Teaching early childhood circus,” INDI MA, starting in September 2020. Other committee members include Miranda D’amico (Education/Concordia) and Warren Linds (Applied Human Science/Concordia).


Anna Vigeland, INDI program, circus research-creation, principal supervisor, started September 2018. Other committee members include Luis Castro Sotelo (Concordia) and Debbie Folaron (Études françaises/translation).


Ulfet Sevdi, INDI program, “Numbers Increase As We Count… A research-creation thesis on the disappearing women of war.” Principal supervisor. Other committee members include Luis Castro Sotelo (Theatre/Concordia) and Gulden Ozcan (Sociology/Lethbridge). Started January 2018.


Sarah Poole, “Writing the Circus Act,” INDI program, principal supervisor. Principal supervisor. Other members: Angélique Willkie (Dance/Concordia) and Marie-Eve Skelling Desmeules (Education/Ottawa).

Megan Hyslop, “Natural Clowning as Inquiry: An Ecology, Theatre and Scholarship of Feeling.” Principal supervisor. Defended April 2019. 

Creative Writing, MA

Nick Carpenter, "Chostakovitch's Petrograd: a solo play for a composer," started September 2016.

Cherie Pyne, "Melodramatic Children: A Play", Awarded SSHRC funding. Defended August 2019.

Geneviève Robichaud, “Dialogues Between Elle, l’Autre and l’Autre Followed by Dialogues entre Elle, l’Auteure et l’Autre.” Defended June 2012. Awarded SSHRC funding.

Alexander St-Laurent, “Barbotte. A play.” Defended March 2012. 

Joanna Donehower, “Adrift: a Dramaturgical Mapping.” Defended June 2010. 

Lindsay Wilson, “The Arts of Beauty, or Secrets of a Lady’s Toilet. A Play.” Defended August 2009.

Elise Newman, “Walking Shadows: Two One-Act Plays.” Defended August 2008. 

Jennifer Kierans, “Blue Movie: Five Short Films on the Five Senses.” Defended August 2008. 

Academic MA English Thesis/Research Paper
Drew Taylor, “Translating Ibsen’s Wild Duck, a study of techniques and strategies.” Submitted March 2012.

Matthew Jones, “The Scatological Subaltern: Political obstinacy and dirty alterity in Rawi Hage’s Cockroach.” Submitted June 2011. 

Littératures et résonances médiatiques, MA

Rachelle Fox, « En ligne(s) : médias sociaux, théâtralité et tragédie". Awarded FRQSC funding. Defended April 2020.

Cloé Rouville, « La tentation du retour dans l’œuvre de Dany Laferrière » Defended in April 2018.

Vincent Voyer, « Mémoire individuelle et mémoire collective chez Michel Rabagliati ». Co-supervision with Geneviève Sicotte. Defended in Summer 2017. 

Catherine St-Arnaud, “Le phénomène de l’écriture de la route dans la littérature québécoise contemporaine suivi de TRAJETS, une creation.” Co-supervision with Sophie Marcotte. Defended in Fall 2016.

Jean-Marc Leduc, « La figure de l’Irlandais au Québec : perspectives historiques et littéraires (1815-1922) ». Defended March 2014. 

Jean-Michel Berthiaume, « Concaténation en continu : manifestations de la métafiction en bande dessinée ». Defended in January 2013. 

Catherine Langlois, « Les dramatiques radiophoniques de Claude Gauvreau : un essai de mise en forme. » Defended March 2011.

Tanya Déry-Obin, « Résistances et adhésions à la ‘nation’ : Une analyse discursive de la tétralogie Le Sang des promesses de Wajdi Mouawad » Defended January 2011. 

Valérie Bazinet, Figures d'altérité transformatrice : l'autre chez Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, Larry Tremblay, Dany Laferrière et Patrice Desbiens. Defended December 2009.  

Julie Lapalme, “La mutabilité au sein de trois œuvres franco-ontariennes : une lecdture du Malade imaginaire d’André Paiement, de L’Homme invisible/The Invisible Man de Patrice Desbiens et du Testament du couturier de Michel Ouellette,” shared supervision with Ollivier Dyens. Defended Winter 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,” shared supervision with Louise Ladouceur (U of Alberta). Defended in October 2009.

Jessica Moore, “Resonant Response Beyond the Limits of Translation,” shared supervision with Sherry Simon. Defended Fall 2006. 

Sofija Jovanovic, “The ‘problem’ of character in contemporary circus in Québec.” Principal supervisor. Defended June 2017.

Alisan MacNeil Funk, “Circus Education in Québec: Balancing Academic and Kinaesthetic Learning Objectives Through an Artistic Lens.” Principal supervisor. Defended April 2017. 

Sue Proctor, “The Archetypal Role of the Clown as a Catalyst for Individual and Societal Transformation.” Secondary fields supervisor (principal: Ted Little, Theatre). Defended March 2013.


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