29 May - 1 June 2018 in Kingston, Ontario

The Canadian Association for Theatre Research holds a conference each year that brings together theatre scholars, educators, professionals, and students from around the world. This year's conference will be held in Kingston, Ontario. To register for the conference, please visit the conference website.

The conference will feature papers, workshops and performances on a wide range of theatre and performance studies topics, relating to both Canadian and international performance. These presentations are instrumental to defining our field and represent the most innovative research, methods, and theories emerging in performance-related disciplines. Our conference is an important site for building scholarly and creative community, and works to promote a environment where members can engage in vibrant discussion, develop professional alliances, make and renew friendships. For more details, please visit the conference site.

The conference is proudly co-sponsored by the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts @ Queen's University.

Call for Open Paper proposals

Download PDF CATR2018 CFP open papers

Call for Participants in Working Groups

deadline 15 January 2018

Age and Performance: Expanding Intersectionality Working Group
Convenors: Benjamin Gillespie & Julia Henderson

Disability, Pedagogies, and Performance Working Group
Convenors: Ashley McAskill & Jessica Watkin

Establishing a System of Peer Review: On-Campus Production-Based Research Working Group
Convenors: Claire Carolan, Ray Louter, James McKinnon, Ursula Neuerberg-Denzer, Sandra Chamberlain-Snider

Performance History Working Group
Convenor: Stephen Johnson

Scenography Working Group
Convenors: Natalie Rewa, Gabrielle Houle, Jacquey Taucar

Call for Participants in Seminars

deadline 15 January

Hot Mess: Nasty Feminisms in Performance
Convenors: Thea Fitz-James & Sydney Tyber

Performance for/by/with Young People: Presenting the "Here and Now"
Convenors: Sandra Chamberlain-Snider & Heather Fitzsimmons Frey

Performance Studies in Canada: Excavating Alternate Methodologies and Genealogies
Convenors: Susan Bennett, Laura Levin, Marlis Schweitzer

Spectatorship and Audience Research: Modes of Reception Beyond, Through, and Between Disciplines
Convenors: Cassandra Silver, Jenny Salisbury, Scott Mealey & Kelsey Jacobson

Theatre and (Im)migration: Performing Canadian Frontiers
Convenor: Yana Meerzon

Walking Our Way Here
Convenors: Jenn Cole, Natalie Rewa & Keren Zaiontz

Call for Participants in Curated Panels

deadlines 15 December 2017

CANADA150: Performing the Nation?
Convenor: Wes Pearce

Canadian Musicals / Musicals in Canada
Convenor: Grahame Renyk

Crossing Paradigmatic Boundaries:
Considering Tensions to Bolster Alliances

Convenors: Julia Gray and Catherine Graham

Excavating Sound: Shaping a Performance / Sound Studies Forum
Convenors: Megan Johnson and Moynan King

Extractivism in Canadian Performance Culture
Convenor: Kimberly Richards

Reconsidering Genre in Music Theatre
Convenors: Craig Walker & Colleen Renihan

Toward a Canadian Can(n)on: The role of Living History in Recognizing, Resisting, and Remaking a National Historical Narrative
Convenor: Ashley Williamson

Winners and Losers: Competition, Athletics, and Performance
Convenors: Christine Mazumdar & Kelsey Blair

Call for Participants in Roundtables

deadlines 15 December 2017

Digital Dance, Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in Canada
Convenor: Carolyne Clare

Theatre and Performance vs. the "Crisis in the Humanities": Creative Pedagogies, Neoliberal Realities
Convenor: Kim Solga

Graduate Student Travel Subsidy

Financial assistance may be available to graduate students attending the conference to offset travel costs. Click here for details. 

Awards and Scholarships

CATR offers numerous awards and scholarships to members, including many targeted specifically at graduate students and emerging scholars participating in the annual conference. See the Awards page and related links for more.


The Canadian Association for Theatre Research is committed to the principles and practices of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that respect the dignity and independence of all persons. To properly accommodate the bodies and the abilities of all our members, the Association will work to provide accessible materials, activities, and facilities in both physical and virtual environments.

CATR/ACRT is committed to making arrangements that allow all members of the association to participate in the annual meeting. Click here for a list of steps we ask you to take to ensure this is possible.


CATR 2018 (le 29 mai - 1 juin)

L’Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale tient un colloque annuel où se rencontrent les chercheurs, enseignants, praticiens et étudiants en théâtre d’un peu partout au monde. Nous accueillons les articles, ateliers et performances sur une foule de sujets touchant au théâtre et à l’interprétation, au Canada et à l’étranger. Ces communications contribuent à la définition de notre domaine et présentent les éléments les plus novateurs en recherche, en méthode et en théorie provenant des disciplines des arts d’interprétation. Notre colloque est un lieu privilégié de consolidation de la communauté savante et créative et propose un environnement où les membres peuvent soutenir de passionnantes discussions, créer des liens professionnels, resserrer des amitiés et en nouer de nouvelles. Tous les détails ici.

Appel de communications

Download PDF CATR2018 CFP open papers

Appel de candidatures visant les responsables de groups de travail, séances thématiques, séminaires, ateliers et séances de praxis.

Download PDF CATR2018 CFP curated sessions

L'aide financière

Les étudiants de 2e et 3e cycles peuvent obtenir de l’aide financière pour couvrir les frais de transport pour assister au colloque. Tous les détails ici.


L’Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale a à cœur les principes et pratiques d’équité, de diversité et d’inclusion qui respectent la dignité et l’indépendance de toutes les personnes.

Pour que tous nos membres soient accueillis correctement avec leurs particularités corporelles et leurs capacités, l’Association travaillera à rendre le matériel, les activités et les installations accessibles dans les environnements tant physiques que virtuels.

Cliquez ici. (En anglais.)

2018 CATR/ACRT Conference Team:

Conference Programming Committee: Jenn Stephenson, Craig Walker, Katrina Dunn, Kirsty Johnston, Seika Boye, Robin Whittaker, Jill Carter, Sebastian Samur, Selena Couture, Carolyne Clare.

Local Arrangements Committee: Jenn Stephenson, Craig Walker, Natalie Rewa, Grahame Renyk, Kelsey Jacobson, Julia Stroud, Ashley Williamson.

Artistic producer of the CATR performance series: Kyle Holleran
Ex-officio consultants from CATR2017 committee: Jenn Cole, Johanna Lawrie