Karen Fricker

Karen Fricker is a Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, and deputy London theatre critic for Variety (US). She is currently writing a volume entitled Making Theatre Global: The creation, circulation, and reception of Robert Lepage’s original stage works, for Manchester University Press, and has published and presented extensively on Lepage’s work. This research includes engagement with Lepage’s two collaborations with Cirque du Soleil, and Totem. Her research interests more broadly encompass theatre, performance and globalzation with a particular focus on popular entertainments including the Eurovision Song Contest.


Circus-related publications and talks

  • “Le goût du risque : de Robert Lepage et du Cirque du Soleil” (“Risky Business: Robert Lepage and the Cirque du Soleil’s Kà ”). L’Annuaire théâtral 45 (2010). Translated by Isabelle Savoie.
  • “'Somewhere between science and legend': Images of indigeneity in Robert Lepage and Cirque du Soleil's Totem”.
    Research presentation, Working Group on Cirque du Soleil, Concordia University, Montréal, 13 December 2010.
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Members of the group are regular collaborators engaged in an ongoing conversation. They regularly attend Working Group meetings in Montreal or elsewhere and are expected to give at least one talk a year or to act as respondents to colleagues' papers.


Graduate Students

Regular participants, working with Working Group members or working on circus-related scholarly topics:

  • Joanna Donehower
    doctoral candidate, PhD in Humanities, Concordia; supervisor: Louis Patrick Leroux
  • Lyn Charland
    doctoral candidate, PhD in Humanities, Concordia; supervisor: Louis Patrick Leroux
  • Sue Proctor
    MA in SIP, Concordia; supervisor: Louis Patrick Leroux
  • Johanna Tzountouris
    MA, Laval University
  • Katie Lavers
    PhD Candidate through WAAPA (Edith Cowan University, Australia)


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