Conference Schedule

Click here to download a copy of the conference schedule, which includes times for all sessions, awards, and sponsored events. To read more about our featured keynote speakers, please consult their bios here.

Performances, Parties, and Other Events

The conference team has organized a series of exciting performance opportunities throughout the conference, including the following:


First Story Walk: Exploring the Aboriginal History of Toronto - 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27 

Meet at 563 Spadina Ave. at 5:50 p.m.

Since 1995, First Story Toronto (formerly The Toronto Native Community History Project), within the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, has been engaged in researching and preserving the Indigenous history of Toronto with the goal of building awareness of and pride in the long Indigenous presence and contributions to the city. First Story Toronto shares this history through a variety of initiatives such as First Story Toronto Tours (formerly The Great Indian Bus Tour of Toronto), walking tours of places in the city, and making accessible a growing archive of historical materials about Toronto’s Indigenous community, past and present on our smartphone app.

Café Concret & Conference Social - 7:30-11:00 p.m., Saturday, May 27 at Heliconian Hall (35 Hazleton Ave.)

7:30 p.m.- doors open for mingling, socializing, and book browsing

8:30 p.m.McCallum & Lawrence Scholarship Awards presentations, book launch, AND Café Concret 

A traveling edition of Montreal’s performing object and experimental puppetry cabaret. See for more information. Special thanks to: Puppet Slam Network and Great Small Works, NYC, which provide funding and support year-round to Café Concret. Organizing team: Annie Katsura Rollins, Heather Caplap, Mark Sussman, Gabriel Levine, Sasha Kovacs, and Laura Levin.

McGill-Queen's University Press will also be on hand during the cabaret to promote some of their recent theatre and performance studies titles.



Playwrights Canada Press Launch - 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 28, at The Melody Bar/Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W.)

Playwrights Canada Press welcomes attendees to celebrate new and upcoming titles. Authors Jessica Riley and Heather Davis-Fisch will speak about their new books (A Man of Letters: The Dramaturgical Correspondence of Urjo Kareda, Canadian Performance Histories, Historiographies and Past Lives: Performing Canada’s Histories, respectively). Confirmed playwright/author guests include Cliff Cardinal, Judith Thompson, David Yee, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Damien Atkins, Rebecca Burton, Kat Sandler, Diane Flacks, Lisa Codrington, Sky Gilbert, Patti Flather, Brad Fraser, Catherine Hernandez, Lawrence Aaronovitch, Catherine Frid, and David James Brock.

To see more about Playwrights Canada Press’s new and upcoming books, visit Private event for conference attendees only.


Music in the Barns - 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 28 at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.)

Fresh from their premiere production at the Luminato Festival's monumental 400,000 square foot Hearn Generating Station, Music in the Barns brings their latest edition of acclaimed installation concerts to downtown Toronto with an imaginative multi-room transformation of the landmark Great Hall.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for guests to begin by exploring the Becoming Sensor room. The upstairs Drawing Room will host a pre-concert performance of The Great Arc by guest artists, New York City duo Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna and VIP guests will gain preview access to the Main Hall at 7:00 p.m for an intimate chat between Music in the Barns' Artistic Director Carol Gimbel and retired CBC Senior Producer David Jaeger, illuminating the stories behind the origin of John Cage's Lecture on the Weather, the evening's featured work. In addition to a full performance of Cage’s landmark work, the 8pm concert will feature the celebrated musicians of the Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble performing works for strings and percussion by seminal American minimalist Philip Glass and leading Canadian composer Michael Oesterle.

Conference participants who wish to attend the Music in the Barns event will need to RSVP to with their name and affiliation by 20 May. Complimentary tickets are limited (75), so please reserve yours early.

Also, if any CATR/ACRT member would like to upgrade this complimentary ticket to a VIP reservation, they can book a VIP upgrade only (value $25) via this private link: 

For additional info, click here.



Talonbooks Cocktail Hour - 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 29 at The Great Hall (Conversation Room)

Talonbooks hosts us for a wine and cheese with visiting playwrights, Tetsuro Shigematsu, performing a selection from Empire of the Son, and Jovanni Sy, performing a selection from A Taste of Empire. Also find them at the publishers tables during the conference.


Dance With Me: Curatorial Partnerships and the Future - 7:00 p.m. (workshop) 8:00 p.m. (performances), Monday, May 29 at The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.)

Curated by Seika Boye
Produced by The Institute for Dance Studies, University of Toronto

Free to CATR/ACRT attendees.
Open to the public: $20 or PWYC at the door.

This one evening event celebrates artistic, curatorial and producing partnerships working towards pluralism in presenting, artistic creation, participation and audience development in and through dance. Featuring a workshop and showing based on Jumblies Theatre’s Talking Treaties project followed by excerpts from Jenn Goodwin's all our days are full of breath: a record of momentum and Breakin’ Convention (UK) and Harbourfront Centre’s Open Art Surgery 2017.

The evening will begin at 7pm with a workshop (optional) hosted by Ange Loft and Lilia Leon that will introduce the process used during Talking Treaties.
** Please note: the workshop will be open to CATR conference attendees only.  performances open to the public. CATR members please email by May 25 to reserve a spot in the workshop.

Performances will begin at 8pm with Talking Treaties workshop participants sharing what was generated during the workshop. Excerpts from all our days are full of breath and Open Art Surgery.

The Institute for Dance Studies is a research hub within the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto. We are committed to dialogues and activities surrounding dance that are inclusive of Indigenous / Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, racialized persons / persons of colour, LGBTQ individuals, and women. Our scope of dance is global and inclusive of traditional, theatrical, popular, community, social, somatic, recreational, pedestrian, folk and forms that do not fit into these categories. We are advocates for the advancement of the discipline and encourage re-imaginings of the contours of dance studies. Website coming soon!


Dance Party at the Great Hall -- 8:00 p.m. 

Stay out late on a Tuesday and celebrate the membership’s achievements at the closing dance party! The Association will recognize the winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Membership, Ann Saddlemyer Award, and Patrick O’Neill Award before getting down to the music of DJ Simon Borer and Entire Cities.

Bringing a guest? Guests who are not registered for the conference can come to the closing dance party and awards at the Great Hall on Tuesday night. Permanently employed guests can pay $40 at the door. Students and precariously employed folks are invited to Pay What They Can (their donations will go towards supporting emerging scholar conference travel).