Erin Hurley

 Erin Hurley
Contact Information
Email address: 
erin.hurley [at]

McGill University Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Faculty Members
Professor; Research Fellow, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University, 2020-2022
Drama and Theatre
Arts 115

B.A. Honours (McGill); M.A. (Brown University); Ph.D. (City University of New York)

Teaching areas: 

Quebecois theatre and cultural performance; national performatives; theatre historiography; performance studies; dramatic theory; 20th century theatre; feminist and LGBTQ theatre.

Taught previously at: 

University of British Columbia; Brown University.

Current research: 

Prof Hurley is currently researching English language drama, theatre and performance in Quebec from 1945 to 2010 using mix of archival and research-creation methods. She continues to follow contemporary performance by women artists in Quebec.


Fall 2020: In residence at the Centre du théâtre d’aujourd’hui: Cyclorama – a coproduction of the CTDA and the Centaur Theatre about the history of theatre in two languages in Montreal, a creation of Laurence Dauphinais. Erin participates as an actor and a historical advisor. Curtain up: September 2022.

Cyclorama at Centre du théâtre d'aujourd'hui
Cyclorama at Centaur Theatre
Article about Cyclorama in La Presse

Chez Nous (Two), a staged-reading series spotlighting Quebec drama in English (1980-2010)

“Chez Nous: A Staged-Reading Series Showcasing English-language Drama in Quebec (1930-1979)”
24 – 27 February 2020 in Moyse Hall.

Selected publications: 

Book cover: "Le théâtre contemporain au Québec 1945-2015: Essai de synthèse historique et socio-esthétique" Book cover: "Revolt/Compassion: Six Scripts for Contemporary Performance" by Michael Springate Book cover: "Theatre & Feeling" Book cover: "National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Céline Dion" Book cover: "De l’Expo 67 à Céline Dion. Essai sur la performance nationale"  


Contributor: Le théâtre contemporain au Québec 1945-2015: Essai de synthèse historique et socio-esthétique.  Gilbert David (dir.), avec la collaboration de Hervé Guay, Hélène Jacques et Yves Jubinville, PUM, Montréal, 2020, 640 pages. Erin collaborated on all chapters except the introduction and conclusion, contributing material on the history of English-language theatre in Quebec from 1945 to 2015.

National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Céline Dion. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. French translation – De l’Expo 67 à Céline Dion. Essai sur la performance nationale. Montréal: Nota Bene, 2017.

Theatre & Feeling. Foreword Anne Bogart. Series "Theatre & . . ." Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, July 2010.

Edited volumes

Theatres of Affect, Volume 4 in the New Essays on Canadian Theatre series, Gen. Ed. Ric Knowles. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.

Once More, With Feeling: Five Affecting Plays. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.

Edited dossier:

Co-editor with Nicole Nolette and Marie-Christine Lesage, “Partition/Ensemble”, L’Extension: recherche & creation. 2021. Includes 9 research-creation presentations with paratext developed out of the 2020 CATR-SQET conference. 

Recent journal articles:

« Le théâtre de langue anglaise au Québec, de la majorité à la minorité. » Trans. Sylvain Lavoie. Revue d’historiographie du théâtre No. 6 (Trimestre 1 : 2021).  

“Performing Objects and declensions of subjectivity in Montreal female artists solo performances.” Theatre Annual 72 (2019): 57-75.

“Introduction.” Revolt/Compassion: Six Scripts for Contemporary Performance by Michael Springate. Toronto: Guernica, 2019, ix-xvii.

Occupying the Object: Leslie Baker and Andréane Leclerc in Performance.” In Performance Studies in Canada. Eds. Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017, 262-84.

“Monsters and Motivations: Nathalie Claude’s Solo Performances.” Interview with Nathalie Claude. Queer/ Play: Contemporary Queer Canadian Women’s Performance and Plays. Ed. Moynan King. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2017.

“Townships Theatres: Identities and Circuits 1935 – 1982.” Journal of Eastern Townships Studies/ Revue d’études des Cantons-de-l’Est 46 (Fall 2016).

Double Identity: Performing (as) Objects on the contemporary Montreal stage.” Ireland and Quebec: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on History, Culture and Society. Eds. Margaret Kelleher and Michael Kenneally. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016, 227-42.

 “The Multiple Bodies of the Cirque du Soleil.” Cirque Global: Québec's Expanding Circus Boundaries. Eds. Charles Batson and Louis Patrick Leroux. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016. Revised and updated English-language version of “Les corps multiples du Cirque du Soleil.” 122-139.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, inducted in 2015.

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Quebec Studies, SUNY-Plattsburgh, Winter 2016.

  • Louis Dudek Award for Excellence in Teaching, from the Department of English Student Association, McGill University, 2015.

  • Visiting Scholar positions: Centro de Estudos de Teatro, Universidade de Lisboa, December 2014; Visiting Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, Department of Drama, June 2012

  • Book Prizes (for National Performance) : Prix du meilleur ouvrage sur le théâtre québécois, prix trienniel de la Société québécoise d’études théâtrales, pour la période de 2011 à 2013, 2014; Pierre Savard Award, International Council for Canadian Studies, 2011-2012; Ann Saddlemyer Award, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, 2011.

  • SSHRC Research grants: 2018-2023; 2015-17; 2008-2011.
    (with Jennifer Harvie) ATHE Essay in Criticism Award, 2000.

Research Group Memberships:

Membre régulière du Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises (CRILCQ)

"Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en études montréalaises (CRIEM)/Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM), McGill University, 2013 - "

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