Concordia University



Patrick Leroux

Associate Dean, Research
Department: English
Faculty: Arts and Science


Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Quebec and English Canadian Drama, Contemporary European Drama, Creative Writing, Quebec Theatre, Quebecois Literature

Languages spoken:

English, French

Professional associations:


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 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, 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; 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; Connections, 2012-13; 2016-17; 2017-18 and 2018-19; Partnership Grant: 2012-17; Partnership Development Grants: 2015-18 and 2018-21); 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 an active collaborator, by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada though its College and Community Innovation Program (Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges; 2012-17, renewed from 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), Les formes populaires de l’oralité chez Victor-Lévy Beaulieu, co-edited with Sophie Dubois (Nota Bene, forthcoming), 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).

Other ongoing active projects include: contributing author in the multi-authored Le théâtre au Québec, une synthèse socio-historique, contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Circus, and co-editing French Thinking and Writing on Contemporary Circus: Theory and Poetics with Cyril Thomas and Marion Guyez.

He has edited issues for L’Annuaire théâtral, including: “Le Québec à Las Vegas” (2009) and “Ordre et désordonnancement”(2008), and the upcoming issue (with Catherine Cyr) on textualities and the body in performance (2019/20). 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). 

While his most active period in the theatre was the 1990s, when he founded and was Artistic Director of Ottawa’s Théâtre la Catapulte, there have been several more recent productions and staged readings of his works in Montreal (2009, 2012), Ottawa (2010 and 2015), Vancouver (2013), and Santiago, Chile (2013).

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 few years, he has given over 100 talks, keynote addresses, and guest classroom lectures 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.

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