Robert G. Lawrence Scholarship/ La bourse Robert G. Lawrence

The Robert G. Lawrence Scholarship was established in 2016 by the CATR, with the generous support of Mrs. Robert G. Lawrence, to honour the memory and contribution of a valued member and friend of the Association. The scholarship is non-restrictive in research area; it can be awarded to projects that situate theatre or performance in international or transnational contexts or for projects that focus on Canadian theatre or performance, including pre- and post-Confederation, Indigenous, intercultural, and diasporic theatre or performance. To learn more about Robert Lawrence's contributions to the association and field, please read the following tribute.

La bourse Robert G. Lawrence a été instituée en 2016 par l’ACRT, avec le généreux concours de l’épouse de feu Robert G. Lawrence, pour honorer la mémoire et l’apport d’un des membres et amis les plus estimés de l’Association. La bourse n’est pas restreinte aux recherches menées dans un champ en particulier. Elle peut être attribuée à des projets situant le théâtre ou la représentation en contexte international ou transnational tout autant qu’à des projets centrés sur l’art dramatique au Canada, par exemple avant ou après la Confédération, des thématiques autochtones, interculturelles ou mettant en scène des diasporas.

Deadline: Spring 2022.

2021 Winners (co-recipients): 

Natasha Visosky
Natasha’s project takes up the important consideration of the relationship between theatre and mental health, bringing in considerations of immersive theatre, Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, and neurocognition. In addition to the project’s timely exploration of mental health and performance, the committee was particularly impressed by the support Natasha has in her recommenders and mentors who spoke to not only the importance of her project but also her voice and presence in our field.

Rémi Labrecque
Rémi’s research focuses on the representation of alterity in Fransaskois, and the project we hope to help support with the Lawrence Scholarship involves, in part, facilitating a roundtable discussion with a diverse group of playwrights working in a minority francophone context, which will then consider the ways in which minorities are represented on the stage in Western Canadian francophone theatre, the importance of diversity, inclusion and equity in the performing arts and the integration of marginalized voices in dramatic expression.

2021 Lawrence Scholarship Committee: Emily Rollie (Chair), Jessica Riley, Peter Kuling

Past Winners

2020 - Patricia-Anne Blanchet

2019 - Mathilde Perallat - for her research in to the alternative circus scene in Montreal, considering elements of social circus on an alternative and localized level.

2018 - Natalie Doonan

2017 - Seika Boye

2016 - Aaron Franks