Denis Salter Grants | Subventions Denis Salter

Begun in 2020 and formerly known as the CATR Grants, the aim of the Denis Salter 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 Denis Salter

(Auparavant les subventions CATR) Les subventions Denis Salter 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.


2022 Recipients:

  • Christine Balt
    Balt’s project – “Applied Theatre Now: Theory, Practice, Impacts” – is a three-part virtual conversation series for CATR members, to occur in winter 2023. The conversation series recognizes the various socio-cultural impacts on applied theatre and creation with communities and it will discuss the need to and complicated nature of assessing applied theatre techniques.
  • Hope McIntyre and Kim Richards
    McIntryre and Richards’ project emerged from the CATR working group on sustainable theatre, and this particular event will be a fall online workshop to offer an organized mode of learning for CATR members about how to incorporate more sustainable practices into our work. The goal of the event is to reach a broad audience of theatre artists, scholars, and practitioners who work across production and academic contexts.
  • Ilana Khanin, with Funmi Cole, Evan Moritz and Yizhou Zhang
    This collaborative endeavor is the Festival Of Original Theatre (FOOT) 2023, a graduate student conference at the University of Toronto. The 2023 Festival intends to “discuss and perform the glimmers of (un)forgotten togetherness” recognizing that COVID amplified the existing “crumbling” of community and features multiple modes of interaction with the festival’s activities. The CATR grant will not only support the work of graduate students but will help the organizers support use of accessibility rooms, an important and forward-thinking approach in terms of access to theatre scholarship and connection.
  • Marilo Nuñez and “Decolonizing Activation”
    Decolonizing Activation is a collective attempt to find pathways for decolonizing theatre, performance, and performance studies and supports the work of artist-scholars to explore land-based practices and collective learning and teaching models. Specifically the CATR grant will help support a weeklong developmental residency, and the committee is eager to see and hear more about the project as well as the ways this project continues to engage with and build upon the existing work of Indigenous elders who are and have been engaging in similar land-based dramaturgical work and creation.
  • Sarah Robbins & Stephen Johnson
    A long-running project, Robbins and Johnson’s “Gatherings: Archival and Oral Histories of Performances’ Virtual Antiques Roadshow Fall 2022” continues the cross country archival and oral archive they have been developing over the past 5 years. The CATR grant will support the work of graduate students who are involved in the project as the group works toward a Virtual presentation of archival research. The committee particularly applauded the financial support of graduate students as well as the opportunities for professional networking the project will offer emerging scholars in the field.
  • Jacqueline Taucar and Neil Silcox
    Taucar and Silcox’s project focuses on e-initiatives for contingent, underemployed, precarious faculty, and emerging and independent scholars – an outgrowth of and event supporting the work of the CATR taskforce on precarity. The grant will help support three e-initiative workshops on specific topics addressing precarity in our field and offering resources and community for those occupying precarious positions.  

    Une transcription en français de cet événement est disponible ici.


Past Winners:

2021 Recipients

Benjamin Gillespie, Hannah Rackow, Signy Lynch – Career Planning and Outcomes Symposium

Patrick James – “Re*Spire”

Taiwo Afolabi – “Re-imagining and Rebuilding the Prairie Theatre Sector through Critical Dialogue”

Taylor Graham and Collaborators – Performing/Envisioning Utopias Multidisciplinary Conference

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.

Donate Now – Canadian Association of Theatre Research (


Tous les dons recueillis sur la page Canada Helps de l’ACRT jusqu’au 15 septembre 2021 nous aideront à financer de nouveaux travaux de recherche par des chercheur.euse.s émergent.e.s.

Faites un don – L’association Canadienne de la recherche théâtrale (