Establishing a System of Peer Review: On-Campus Production-Based Research

“The P.R.O.P. Group” : Peer Review of On-campus Productions

Convenors: Claire Carolan, Ray Louter, James McKinnon, Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer, Sandra Chamberlain-Snider, Robin C. Whittaker
Contact: Claire Carolan (

This working group addresses the creation of a long-term footprint of the on-campus production based research in Canada. CATR 2019 at UBC will mark our second year as an official working group however, this group has met in various incarnations since 2013, continuing a discourse about the research and pedagogic value of on-campus productions. We are collectively working to develop a system of peer review that supports the research that occurs in on-campus productions by faculty and graduate student directors, designers, playwrights, performers and applied theatre practitioners. The outcomes for the first year pilot were successfully applied to test a preliminary peer review process that would be seen as credible by department heads, deans and others who would be accessing this information for the purpose of promotion, tenure, hiring and grant funding. The information has been compiled for review in a beta-version of a website that is intended to be accessed through the CATR site.

• Did you direct something this year on campus?
• Have you thought about how your work as an on-campus director adds to your resumé?
• Does your university consider on-campus directing to be research?
• What can you do to make on-campus directing/design/dramaturgy/playwriting etc. part of your research profile?

If any of these questions are of interest to you, please consider presenting your project at this year’s work P.R.O.P. working group meeting!

The second phase of the pilot project is in progress and we are inviting those who wish to participate to contact Claire Carolan ( for more detailed information about submitting an on-campus show for review or acting as a peer reviewer in their area or via video review.

Please note that all participants who are accepted into the group must become members of CATR before the conference in June. You can join CATR at the following website:

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