It’s been a hard week – loads of marking (more on that tomorrow), some difficult meetings, general exhaustion. Then, today, just in time, some excellent news: my colleague Roberta Barker and I have won the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) Patrick O’Neill award celebrating the best anthology published on Canadian performance in 2012 for our New Canadian Realisms: Eight Plays. Hooray!
This brings me particular joy because that collection was designed with our students top of mind; it represents our commitment to, and the inspiration we draw from, learning with those we teach. It was born from Roberta’s and my mutual interest in expanding the way we understand what the genre ‘stage realism’ means in Canada today – which is to say, from a firm research interest – but that interest in turn had been provoked, for both of us, by the excellent, intelligent, exciting work of our students over the years, in both seminars and studio classes. Hats off to all of us, then, in celebration of this prize: we are thrilled, honoured, humbled.