The Carold Institute announces the 2014 Alan Thomas Fellowship Award

June 19, 2014

For immediate release

LucThe Carold Institute is pleased to announce that Luc Gaudet, founder and artistic director of Mise au jeu, a Montréal-based participatory intervention theatre company, is the recipient of the 2014 Alan Thomas Fellowship.

The annual fellowship is a $60,000 award enabling a leader in the not-for-profit sector to spend a sabbatical year researching issues that advance citizen participation and strengthen civil society.

Luc Gaudet has been actively engaged in the production of intervention theatre for more than 30 years. Inspired by the techniques used in Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed,” his research on the use of games and theatre as a tool for personal and social development has taken him throughout Québec, to Central and Eastern Europe, Central America, the Philippines, Indonesia and more recently West Africa.

As executive and artistic director of Mise au jeu, Luc has worked with his team to develop innovative approaches for encouraging citizens to participate in regional development and promote living together better.

Since 2010, Luc has been a contributor to the “Québec Network for Social Innovation” (Réseau québécois en innovation sociale (RQIS)), and been actively involved in PRAXCIT Team lead by the Montreal Research Centre on social inequality and discrimination and alternative citizen participation (Centre de recherche de Montréal sur les inégalités sociales, les discriminations et les pratiques alternatives de citoyenneté (CREMIS)), which develops and tests participatory practices for citizen action on social inequality.

He also sits on the executive board of Québec’s Tools of Peace, an innovative network that promotes the transfer of skills needed for the prevention of violence, and is an active participant in the international social art practitioner’s community “Think Tank for change,” which is supported by the One Drop Foundation.

Luc will use his sabbatical year to reflect on and assess his 23 years of social interventions through Mise au Jeu and establish a model of the crucial stages involved in turning the public into actor. In particular, he will focus on the evocative power and place of play in the process. Luc’s aim is to create new training programs to support a “citizen mobilization and knowledge transfer though art” program as a first step towards the creation of a “citizen involvement through the arts” mobile school program.

Luc Gaudet is the 9th recipient of an Alan Thomas Fellowship, which was first awarded in 2008. Past fellowship recipients continue to be connected to the Carold Institute and with each other, deepening the impact of their work and mentoring others in their respective fields.

For more information on this award and on the work of the Carold Institute, visit www.carold.ca or contact Carold President, Michael Cooke (tel: 416-209-6156; email mcooke253@gmail.com). Luc Gaudet cans also be contacted (tel: 514-871-0172; email lgaudet@miseaujeu.org).