CATR Grants 2021 | Subventions ACRT 2021

Begun in 2020, the aim of the CATR Grants program is to diversify the Association’s programming while extending its impact beyond the annual conference site and time. Awarded on an annual basis, these $500 grants will be dispersed to CATR/ACRT members to provide assistance to initiatives that support the goals of the Association taking place outside of the context, theme, time and place of the annual conference. Projects that support and engage CATR member graduate students, recent doctoral graduates and emerging scholars will be prioritized.

Eligible activities include the following:

● local/regional conferences, workshops, meetings, and in general activities that respond to the need for scholars to support each other through the exchange of ideas, in person or online
● small-scale events/projects, for which the grant is sufficient, or as ‘seed’ funding for additional fundraising (SSHRC conference grants, for example, but not exclusively)

Application procedures:

Please submit a 500-word proposal summarizing the project, along with a one-page budget detailing the anticipated use of funds, along with any additional funding sources consulted to Emily Rollie [] by 31 July 2022.


Anyone who has been a member of CATR/ACRT for more than one year is eligible to apply (that is, that has renewed membership at least once).

Les subventions CATR/ACRT

Les subventions CATR/ACRT ont comme but de diversifier la programmation de l’Association tout en prolongeant son impact au-delà du lieu et du moment du colloque annuel. Décernées annuellement, ces subventions de 500 $ seront accordées aux membres de l’ACRT/CATR afin de soutenir les initiatives qui rencontrent les objectifs de l’Association en dehors du contexte, du thème, des dates et du lieu du colloque annuel. Seront priorisés les projets qui appuient et mobilisent les étudiants diplômés de l’ACRT, les récents titulaires d’un doctorat ou les chercheurs émergents.

Parmi les activités admissibles, on compte :

• les conférences locales ou régionales, les ateliers, les réunions et les activités générales qui répondent à la nécessité des chercheurs de se soutenir mutuellement par l’échange d’idées, en personne ou en ligne ;
• les événements ou projets à petite échelle pour lesquels la subvention est suffisante, ou servant comme financement de départ pour des collectes de fonds supplémentaires – par exemple, mais de façon non exclusive, les subventions du CRSH pour des activités scientifiques.

Pour faire une demande :

Veuillez soumettre à Emily Rollie [] une proposition de projet de 500 mots ainsi qu’un budget d’une page. Le budget devrait détailler les coûts prévus du projet et les autres sources de revenus, s’il y en a. La date limite est 31 juillet 2022.

Admissibilité :

Les membres actuels de l’ACRT qui ont renouvelé leur adhésion à l’Association au moins une fois dans les dernières deux années sont invité.e.s a postuler leur candidature.


2021 Recipients:

Benjamin Gillespie, Hannah Rackow, Signy Lynch
This project offers a symposium on career planning and outcomes for theatre and performance studies graduate students and recent graduates. Building on the trio’s previous work on the CATR Emerging Scholars Taskforce Follow up committee, their project is a 1 day gathering filled with practical workshops and networking opportunities in February 2022. We are eager to see how this continues to support and amplify the work of emerging scholars, and excited that Benjamin, Hannah, and Signy have devoted time, energy, and support to this endeavor.

Patrick James
James’s project “Re*Spire” is in interdisciplinary project that combines dance, technology, performance art, and responses to COVID. A collaboration with Robin Poitras, Artistic Director of New Dance Horizons (co-creator/performer) and Krista Solheim (performer), the interdisciplinary nature of this project was especially appealing to the committee as it brings together performance, technology, dance, and ritual as a way to confront timely social situations.

Taiwo Afolabi
Afolabi’s project “Re-imagining and Rebuilding the Prairie Theatre Sector through Critical Dialogue” is a web series of 10 episodes that will focus on critical issues pertinent to advancing the ecology of theatre on the Prairies. The committee applauds Taiwo’s focus within this project on the intersections of race, identity, representation, and systemic change, and we look forward to seeing and hearing more about the project’s development as part of next spring’s CATR.

Taylor Graham
Graham and 3 collaborators (Lauren McLean, Kiera Obbard, and Joseph Shea-Carter) will convene a multidisciplinary conference with a focus on performing/envisioning utopias at the University of Guelph. The event, focusing on social and environmental justice, is interested in examining and problematizing the concept of utopia and will be wonderfully interdisciplinary and inclusive of scholars, artists, public intellectuals, and community members at all stages in their careers, with particular interest in supporting graduate students and upper level undergraduates.


Past Winners:

2020 Recipients

Matt Jones, Sebastian Samur, & Nae Hanashiro Ávila for their project, “Quarantine Performance: Global Responses to COVID-19 in the Performing Arts.”

Rohan Kulkarni and Robert Motum for their project to create and support a BIPOC Emerging Scholars Panel at FOOT 2021.

Laine Zisman Newman to support an on-going Queer Theatre Working Group.



All donations collected through CATR's Canada Helps page until September 15, 2021, will help us fund new research work by emerging scholars.

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