Crisis and Recovery: Theatre and Performance Before and After the Global Pandemic

Welcome to “Crisis and Recovery: Theatre and Performance Before and After the Global Pandemic,” the 2021 online conference of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR/ACRT) and the Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET).

This year’s conference features keynote addresses by Harvey Young (author of Embodying Black Experience and the forthcoming collection Theatre After Empire), Kevin Loring (N'lakap’amux from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia, Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre of Canada), and Sylvie Chalaye (author of Race et théâtre : un impensé politique).

The conference features panels and roundtables on Indigenous Theatre Practice and Research, Performance and the Climate Crisis, Disability Justice, Black Lives Matter and Performance, COVID-era Digital Theatre, Québécois Theatre, Performing Queerness during COVID, and much more. We will also be launching new issues of Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research in Canada, and celebrating the first issues of Percées. Explorations en arts vivants, the new iteration of L’Annuaire théâtral. Revue québécoise d’études théâtrales.

Given the announcements of unmarked graves of children of residential schools, and the fire which has affected Lytton, BC, we invite those who can to donate to Savage Society’s fundraiser for Lytton.

The phone number for the National Residential School Crisis Line is 1-866-925-4419.

For those wishing to learn more about the history of colonialism in Canada, here are links to the Summary of the Final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation and the final report of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

If you need mental health support, the National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre has curated a list of mental health supports. Additional mental health resources are listed on this document.

The conference happens in three acts: June 10-11 hosted by the University of Ottawa, June 25-26 hosted by the Société québécoise d’études théâtrales, and July 8-9 hosted by the University of Manitoba.

Please register for the conference here. There are no fees to attend the virtual conference, but all attendees must register and be members of either CATR or SQET. You can become a member of CATR here. You can become a member of SQET here.

We look forward to seeing you on these pages in the coming weeks!

Theatreagora.ca is hosted on University of Waterloo webspace. The University of Waterloo is situated on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations in 1784 that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River.

Video instructions on how to log in below ⬇️, for written instructions please click here.

Video guide for logging into the website

Next event

Bilingual Welcoming Remarks

From Yana Meerzon (President CATR) & Nicole Nolette (Présidente SQET).

See the full schedule

Conference schedule

Virtual Book Fair

View all books

The Breathing Hole

The Breathing Hole

Colleen Murphy with Siobhan Arnatsiaq-Murphy, translated by Janet Tamalik McGrath

Buy now

Extractivism and Performance

CTR Vol. 182

Buy now

Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story

Kim Senklip Harvey

Buy now

Post Humains

Dominique Leclerc

Buy now

Les théâtres professionnels du Canada francophone Entre mémoire et rupture

Joël Beddows and Hélène Beauchamp

Buy now