Louis Patrick Leroux

History and aesthetics of the circus and the performing arts

Louis Patrick is a professor of dramatic writing and literature in both the English and French studies departments at Concordia University. He holds a doctorate in theatre from Sorbonne nouvelle in Paris and a post-graduate diploma in administration of cultural organizations from HEC Montréal. He also conducts a Montreal working group on circus research.

His interest in the circus extends to writing for the body, dramaturgy and artistic discourse.

With Charles Batson, he co-authored a collective book, Cirque Global: Quebec's Expanding Circus Boundaries (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016) and directed two scholarly journals on the circus, “Le Québec à Las Vegas” (L’Annuaire théâtral, 2009) and “North-South Circus Circulations” (Quebec Studies, 2014).

His current research focuses on the history and discourses of both the circus and the performing arts in Quebec and on circus creative process and dramaturgy. The latest project, funded by the Fonds de recherche Société et culture du Québec from 2015 to 2018, involves a number of École nationale de cirque students and teachers, and Concordia University students.

As author and director, several of his plays have been staged over the past 25 years. His latest research and creative work elaborated in the university context can be found at http://resonance.hexagram.ca.

In 2016-2017, Louis Patrick taught history and aesthetics of the circus and the performing arts in the professional program at the École nationale de cirque. He is also an active contributor to its Industrial Research Chair in Circus Arts.