Queen's University

Dr. Craig Walker

Professor, Cultural Studies Program, Dan School of Drama and Music, Department of English Language and Literature
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Director of Dan School of Drama and Music


I am the Director of the Dan School of Drama and Music and Professor of Drama, and am also cross-appointed to the Departments of English and Cultural Studies. I hold a Ph.D., Drama, and M.A./B.A., English from the  University of Toronto; and I'm a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Prior to graduate school, I worked as a professional actor, spending seasons with companies such as Stratford FestivalShaw Festival, and the National Arts Centre English Company, as well as appearing at various Toronto theatres ranging from the Poor to the Royal Alex. After acting in Robert Lepage’s production ofMacbeth at Hart House Theatre in 1992, my next Toronto appearance was not until June 2002, when I acted in and directed The Turn of the Screw  for Theatre Kingston at the Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space. In the interim, I appeared in several productions with the Thousand Islands Playhouse and with Theatre Kingston. More recently, I acted with the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing in 2006, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2007, and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure in 2009.

As a director for Queen’s Drama, I have directed the world premiere of Orbit, a play about the daughters of Galileo by Jennifer Wise (2014), a double-bill of Michel Tremblay’s Counter Service and Nina Shengold’s Lives of the Great Waitresses (2012), Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (2010), my own adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Drums In the Night (2008),  John Lazarus’ Meltdown (2005), Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles Soeurs (2003), Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our   Teeth (2000), his own translation of Odon von Horvath’s Judgement Day (1999), Richard Rose and D.D. Kugler’s adaptation of Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage (1997), the medieval morality play Everyman (1996) and Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine (1993). For six summers, from 2001-2006, I also wrote and directed the touring children’s plays performed by The Barefoot Players, a group of Queen’s Drama students who are hired through the School of Drama and Music to produce and perform for the children of the Kingston area.

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"Canadian Drama and the Nationalist Impulse" in The Oxford Handbook to Canadian Literature, ed. Cynthia Sugars (Oxford University Press, 2015).

The Buried Astrolabe: Canadian Dramatic Imagination and Western Tradition (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001)

The Broadview Anthology of Drama: Plays from the Western Theatre, Volumes I and II (Broadview Press, 2003) and The Broadview Anthology of Drama, Concise Edition (Broadview Press, 2005).

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Most Recent Project

King Lear

King Lear CoverThe text of the play included here, prepared by Craig Walker for The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, has been acclaimed for its outstanding introductory material and annotations, and for its inclusion of parellel text versions of key scenes for which the texts of the Quarto and the Folio versions of the play are substantially different.

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Other Projects

  • The Arts in a World Unmade by Terror

    I spoke at The University of Auckland exploring the role of Art during times of terror and crisis. 

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  • The Buried Astrolabe

    I critically analyze the readings of James Reaney, Michael Cook, Sharon Pollock, Michel Tremblay, George F. Walker, and Judith Thompson, respecting the distinctive elements of the writer's voice while helping the reader appreciate the cultural context that informs each play. I access the poetics or mythological underpinning of the works and investigate the cultural significance of the tropes that typify their works. The Buried Astrolabe stakes the claim of Canadian playwrights to be considered among the most important in the contemporary world.

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