Congratulations to playwright Sarah Migneron (BA in Theatre, 2005) who has won the Prix Création du Ministère de la Culture de l’Ontario 2014.

Bravo to professor, researcher and critic Sylvain Schryburt, who recently received the Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET) award for the best book on Quebec theatre for his work titled De l’acteur vedette au théâtre de festival, published in 2011 by the Presses de l’Université de Montréal. This same book was shortlisted for the 2013 Canada Prize in the Humanities, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Congratulations to actor and director Magali Lemèle (BA in Theatre, 2001), whose solo performance of Je n’y suis plus, based on a work by Marie-Claude Verdier, won the Prix en arts de la scène at the 14th edition of Gatineau’s arts festival, Culturiades de Gatineau. Magali Lemèle was both actor and director of this performance, which was co-produced by the National Arts Centre’s Théâtre français.

We would also like to congratulate the cast and crew of Princess Ivona, a play by Witold Grombrowicz that was directed by Ekaterina Shestakova (MFA Theatre Directing, 2013), and which won the Capital Critics’ Circle award for best student production 2012-2013.

Research and innovation

Research and innovation

From left to right: Yana Meerzon (University of Ottawa), Catherine Sheehy (Yale School of Drama), Ryan McKittrick (Harvard University), Christian Parker (Columbia University), Harley Erdman (chair, University of Massachusetts, Amherst).

From June 26 to June 29, Professor Yana Meerzon and MA candidate Catherine Ballachey participated in the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas conference in Boston.  Professor Meerzon was a member of a panel on “The Future of MFA Dramaturgy” with representatives from Yale, Columbia and Harvard, which offer conservatory programs similar to uOttawa’s  MFA in Theatre Directing, while Catherine Ballachey participated in a student discussion group titled “Dramaturgs from around the world tell us what is on their minds”.

Professor Kathryn Prince has been awarded an international early career scholarship to pursue research into early modern theatre spaces at Australia’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. During her time as a visiting scholar there, she will meet with Australian researchers from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth before presenting a lecture on the emotional aspect of space with Professor Susan Broomhall of the University of Western Australia.

Research and innovation

As part of uOttawa’s 2013-2014 Distinguished Visiting Researcher Program, the Department of Theatre is pleased to welcome Freddie Rokem, who is Emanuel Herzikowitz Professor for 19th and 20th Century Art at the Department of Theatre Studies, Tel Aviv University. Professor Rokem’s visit was proposed and sponsored by Professor Yana Meerzon, and made possible thanks to support from the University of Ottawa’s Office of International Research (Vice-President, Research). This visit, which took place from March 24 to March 29, 2014, was also made possible thanks to support from the Department of Theatre, the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program, the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa, and the Carleton University’s Department of History and Centre for Public History. During his stay, Professor Rokem worked on a research project titled “Dramaturgies in Exile”, with Yana Meerzon, and led workshops, presented public lectures and participated in roundtable discussions on interdisciplinary problems of history, memory and performance.

Internal scholarships: 2013-2014

Congratulations to all recipients of awards sponsored by the Department of Theatre.


Aronovitch-Beddows  Prize: Sariana Monette-Saillant

Tara Players Margit Tauchner Scholarship: Catherine Ballachey


MacDonald Club Scholarship: Kariane Lachance

Ottawa Fringe Festival Bursary: Marie-Eve Trahan

Jean Herbiet (Théâtre Action) Scholarship: Ariane Bercier

Theatre Chair Endowment Fund Scholarships (Margaret E. Coderre-Williams): Alexandra Isenor, Michael Lane, Nahomie Morency

Orpheus Musical Theatre Society Scholarship: Andrea Connell

Patrick-Leroux Scholarship: Julie Malenfant

Stage management practicum at Gladstone Theatre

The Department of Theatre entered into a partnership with Plosive Productions. As part of the senior level Stage Management course, undergraduate students Natasha Graham and Andrew Palangio had the opportunity to work on the production of Detroit, by Lisa D’Amour. The play ran from January 17 to February 1, 2014, at the Gladstone Theatre.

2013-2014 External scholarship

Amy Marie Mann (BA, major in Theatre; French immersion, 2013) and graduate of the Faculty of Education (2014) received the prestigious Diane MacSavaney Scholarship Award. This $5,000 scholarship was established by the late Colin MacSavaney in memory of his wife, Diane MacSavaney, a former member of RHO Chapter of Ontario Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.

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