Stephen Lawson



For almost 30 years, Stephen Lawson has continually crossed the boundaries of theatre, music, television, radio, performance art, installation, print and video. He was a co-founder of the performance troupe PRIMUS (Winnipeg, 1989-1998) and his work as a director includes radical multi-disciplinary creations with artists such as Jess Dobkin and the Scandelles. A member of two bands, GuiGi and 10,000 Horses, he performs internationally with Montreal musician and poet Alexis O’Hara. 

Since 2001, as the collaborative art duo, Stephen has worked with Aaron Pollard pursuing an art practice that traverses disciplinary boundaries and political frontiers. is active locally, nationally and internationally and their beginnings as a duo emerged from Montreal’s wildly eclectic cabaret scene. Subsequently they have toured a wide repertoire of transdisciplinary art works and performances to museums, galleries, theatres, clubs, artist-run centres, universities and festivals, including the Havana Biennial, el Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, Triennale Québécoise at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the LOKAL festival in Reykjavik Iceland, Under the Radar Festival in New York City, the National Review of Live Art n Glasgow Scotland, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Hemispheric Institute biennial Encuentros in Santiago, Sao Paolo, Bueno Aires, Bogota and Santiago. Their ongoing collaborations with colleagues abroad at various intersections of performance and politics have brought them into a dialogue with audiences internationally, and their installation art works are a unique combination of elements informed deeply by their commitment to egalitarianism and the questioning of social structures. As an artistic duo they share authorship on all projects and work from a tradition of creative expression that cuts across artistic disciplines. Their practice - which they plan, write, construct, embody and perform - results in artworks whose forms are determined by their core ideas and central passions and which incorporate unique approaches to video projection, costume, collage, music, drag, audio, spectator participation and the dynamic use of space. were the recipients of the 2009 VICTOR MARTYN LYNCH-STAUNTON AWARD for outstanding achievement by a mid career artist working in the Interdisciplinary Arts, Canada Council for the Arts. 

In the fall of 2017, Stephen will entering the Ph.D. program in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at York University, where his research will concentrate on critical/extreme drag performance throughout the Hemispheric Americas, primarily on artists and artistic works that involve the staging of deviant and monstrous bodies in live art.

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