CRAIG WALKER

Office: Theological Hall, Room 011
Telephone: (613) 533-6000, ext.75292
e-mail: walkerc@queensu.ca



Craig Walker earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, where he had taken his earlier degrees in English. He has taught courses in most subjects in the Department of Drama at one time or another. For the 2006-07 academic year, he is Acting Head of the Department.

Prior to graduate school, Walker worked as a professional actor, spending seasons with companies such as Stratford Festival, Shaw 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 of Macbeth at Hart House Theatre in 1992, his next Toronto appearance was not until June 2002, when he acted in and directed The Turn of the Screw for Theatre Kingston at the Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space. In the interim, however, he appeared in several productions with the Thousand Islands Playhouse with Theatre Kingston.


Les Belles Soeurs

From 1997 to 2007, Walker was Artistic Director of Theatre Kingston, during which time the company produced 54 plays, 36 of which were Canadian, including 18 world premieres. For that company, he has directed many productions, including Marianne Ackerman's L'Affaire Tartuffe, Ann-Marie MacDonald's The Arab's Mouth, Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon, Fred Euringer's Night Noises, Judith Thompson's Lion in the Streets, Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, John Lazarus' Village of Idiots, Meltdown and Rough Magic Daniel David Moses' Brebeuf's Ghost, George F. Walker's Problem Child, William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Aeschylus's Oresteia (which was performed with a Proteus, a satyr play Walker wrote to replace the lost work by Aeschylus that originally followed the trilogy), and Ibsen's The Master Builder in his own adaptation. His other theatrical writing includes his adaptation of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake which played in Kingston and also at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and the book, music and lyrics for Chantecler: a musical (adapted from the French verse tragedy by Edmond Rostand), which was directed with great invention and wit by his distinguished colleague and friend, Tim Fort. For six summers, from 2001 -2006, he has also written and directed the touring children's plays performed by The Barefoot Players, a group of Queen's Drama students who are hired through The Drama Dept. and Theatre Kingston to produce and perform for the children of the Kingston area. His other work as a director includes seasons in the 1990s as an Intern Director at The Shaw Festival and an assistant director at The Stratford Festival, and, for the Queen's Department of Drama, directing 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). More recently, he has 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. His other directing work includes Much Ado About Nothing for DreamNorth Theatre and three plays for the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet in 2007, As You Like It in 2008 and Measure for Measure in 2009.

On the academic side, Walker is the author of The Buried Astrolabe: Canadian Dramatic Imagination and Western Tradition (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001) and co-editor (with Jennifer Wise of the University of Victoria) of 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). He has also edited Shakespeare's King Lear, in a version that features parallel Folio and Quarto texts, for The Broadview Anthology of British Literature. His other publications include chapters in the books George F. Walker: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre, Volume Five (Playwrights Canada Press, 2006), Judith Thompson: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English, Volume Three (Playwrights Canada Press, 2005), Sharon Pollock: Essays on her Work (Guernica Press, 2000), Compass Points: Navigating the 20th Century (Between the lines, 1999), The Legacy of Northrop Frye (UT Press, 1994), a number of entries in The Literary Encyclopedia, and articles in journals such as Modern Drama, Theatre Research in Canada, Australasian Drama Studies, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Journal of Canadian Studies, English Studies in Canada and Canadian Theatre Review. He was Book Review Editor for Modern Drama for two years, from 1998 to 2000. In 2009, he was appointed as a Corresponding Scholar at the Shaw Festival.