Canadian Theatre Review

Canadian Theatre Review

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The Canadian Theatre Review features thought-provoking plays and articles on current issues and trends in Canadian theatre. CTR provides the Canadian theatre community with in-depth feature articles, manifestos, slideshows, videos, design portfolios, photo essays, and other documents that reflect the challenging forms that theatre takes in the contemporary Canadian arts scene. CTR is available in print and online.

E-ISSN: 1920-941X
ISSN: 0315-0836

Laura Levin ( Editor in Chief) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at York University.  Her research focuses on contemporary theatre and performance art, performing gender and sexuality, site-specific and urban performance.  She is Editor of a number of collections: an issue of Theatre Research in Canada on Space and Subjectivity in Performance; a CTR issue on Performance Art; Conversations Across the Border, a book with performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña; and Theatre in Toronto (Playwrights Canada Press, forthcoming). Her writing appears in several books including Space and the Geographies of Canadian Theatre, Performance and the City, and Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research. She was recently awarded the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Richard Plant Essay Award for her article, “Can the City Speak? Site-Specific Art After Poststructuralism” (2009). She holds a SSHRC Standard Grant for “The Canadian Performance Studies Project,” the first major research study to theorize and map the field of performance studies as it has emerged in Canada, and in 2009-2010 she was Conference Director of Performing Publics, the 16th annual conference of Performance Studies international).  She has worked as a director and dramaturg, and most recently, she has collaborated on several transnational performance projects that investigate intersections of performance, geography, and digital technologies.

Associate Editors

Catherine Graham is Associate Professor in the Theatre & Film Studies program of the School of the Arts at McMaster University. Her research interests include English and French language activist theatre, performance theory and the role of performance in public life.

Reid Gilbert is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia. He recently retired from the Department of English, Capilano University, Vancouver. He is the author, with Sylvan Barnett, of A Short Guide to Writing about Literature. He has guest edited past issues of CTR, is on the editorial advisory board of Theatre Research in Canada, and has published extensively on Canadian theatre.

Barry Freeman is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough whose research involves Canadian theatre, education, interculturalism and globalization. In 2011, Barry received the Richard Plant Award for his article, “Navigating the Prague-Toronto-Manitoulin Theatre Project: A Postmodern Ethnographic Approach to Collaborative Intercultural Theatre.” Barry is an Executive Editor of Theatre Research in Canada and sits on the Board of Directors of Theatre Ontario and the Paprika Festival.

Views and Reviews Editors

Natalie Alvarez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock University. Her research interests include: performance theory; North American contemporary performance; Latina/o-Canadian theatre; performativity in simulations and reenactment culture; as well as performance analysis and pedagogy.

Jenn Stephenson is an Associate Professor of Drama at Queen's University. Her research field is contemporary Canadian drama with a special interest in metatheatre, performativity and autobiography. She was the guest editor for the recent CTR issue on Science, Technology and Theatre (Summer 2007).

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Professor Laura Levin, CTR Editor
Room 317, Centre for Film and Theatre
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J-1P3

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Note on Submission: CTR does not recommend unsolicited submissions, but requests proposals for articles centred around the theme of the particular issue first (proposals must generally be received no later than 9 months before the indicated publication date of the issue). Proposals may be forwarded to the address below. Editors are happy to receive suggestions or proposals for issue themes at any time. Following review and acceptance of proposal, guidelines for submission and suggested lengths will be forwarded.
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Editorial Address
Professor Laura Levin, CTR Editor
Room 317, Centre for Film and Theatre
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J-1P3
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Forthcoming issues:
Performing Products, CTR 162 Spring 2015
Theatre and Sports, CTR 163 Summer 2015
Performance after Mega-Events, CTR 164 Fall 2015

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Thank you to Ric Knowles

CTR 145 marked a change in the editorial team as editor-in-chief
Ric Knowles will be stepping down after many years of involvement with the magazine. Ric’s stewardship of CTR has been exemplary, and I want to take a moment to comment on his many contributions. Ric has played a central role in shaping the critical focus of CTR for the past two decades. He began his work with CTR as a guest editor in 1986, served as co-editor from 1996, and took on the role of editor-in-chief in 2004. Ric’s influence is evident in the extremely rich topics that CTR has taken up during this period, from “Working Conditions” to “Theatre and Disability” to “Eco-Theatre.” Ric served as issue editor for many of these noteworthy editions, including, among others, issues entitled “African Canadian Theatre,” “Canadian Eh?,” and “Intercultural Performance.”

As editor-in-chief, Ric has not only sought to feature the voices of individuals from across the country in CTR, but also the voice of a large number of artists working in all areas of performance practice. His vision for CTR extends beyond exploring what we might traditionally think of as theatre to examining a number of paratheatrical performances that inform theatremaking and theatregoing (e.g. raves, historical re-enactments, cultural rituals, performance art, etc.). In this respect, he has challenged us to keep up with new and alternative understandings of theatre. Most importantly, Ric has been instrumental in defining CTR’s commitment to publishing work by and about historically marginalized communities. Rather than merely restricting this work to special issues, he has insisted that it be included in each issue, thus ensuring that Canadian theatre is viewed through diverse and intercultural frames.

Ric’s work at CTR is representative of his larger contributions to the field as an editor, which are widely acknowledged and wide-ranging in scope. Not only has he served as editor and on the editorial board for a number of journals, but he has also edited numerous play anthologies and books on theatre history, theory, and criticism. His work was recently recognized, in 2009, by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Achievement Award for Excellence in Editing.

Perhaps one of the most significant contributions that Ric has made as an editor is his mentorship of emerging theatre scholars and artists. Ric has been immensely generous in giving feedback, advice, and vital encouragement to individuals starting out in this profession. He is known for frequently giving artists, graduate students, and junior scholars an opportunity to share their work—often for the first time—in books and journals that he is editing. Beyond his work with individual authors, Ric has shown tremendous leadership when working closely with issue editors and editors of the Views and Reviews section at CTR. He has offered us valuable advice about content, as well as the literary, performative, and visual forms through which that content might be communicated. His advice to authors and editors is respectful, honest, and incisive, and he challenges us to strive for excellence when writing about and critically responding to performance.

On behalf of the editorial team, I want to thank Ric for everything he has done for CTR and for the fields of theatre and performance studies. His absence will be felt, but his example will continue to inspire us.

-Laura Levin

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