Julie Salverson: Writer, Workshop Leader, Scholar, Speaker

 Associate Professor of Drama.Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Royal Military College of Canada, Adjunct Professor.

Julie joined the Drama Department in 1999. Her work as a writer and theatre animator explores what it means to be a witness to violence. She is particularly interested in atomic culture and the role of the comedic and absurd in telling risky stories.

This April she will be presenting in Hiroshima, Tokyo and Fukushima, Japan.

Contact: salversn@queensu.ca

Julie is on twitter.

Upcoming workshops and talks, see Workshop Talk page.

2014  Essays:

“The Secrets of Others”. Theatres of Affect, New Essays on Canadian Theatre, volume four. Edited by Erin Hurley. Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.

“An Unspeakable Vulnerability: Men’s Lives.” Why Theatre Now?, edited by Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman. University of Toronto Press. 2014. Forthcoming.


Living With Joy in a Tragic World. Spring, 2014

Background: Before coming to Queen’s, Julie spent several decades working in Canadian theatre and founding two theatre companies: Second Look Community Arts Resource and Flying Blind Theatre Events. Her experience in community engaged projects with survivors of violence led her to do graduate work and she completed her PhD in 2000 under the supervision of Roger Simon, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.


•Talk and Workshop, San Francisco, November 16: The Highway of the Atom, Stories and Resilience: How Do We Help The Helper?

•Presentation at 2014 MVHR (Military and Veterans Health Research Forum): Stories Change the Brain. Wednesday, November 26, Sheraton Hotel, Toronto.

• Featured speaker and workshop presenter (with voice specialist Elizabeth Moulton) at the War Horse Symposium (for front line service responders to violence). Riversong Ranch, Alberta, September 11, 2014.

•Workshop presentation on creative arts and trauma for  Attachment Association of Canada. October 7, 2014, Kingston.

Writing and Research: Salverson’s current writing, research and performance interests include: Canada’s involvement in the development of the atomic bomb; the role of the creative arts in military trauma; witnessing violence beyond an aesthetic of injury and spectacle; the importance of the imagination in learning and development.


Theatre and Opera: http://www.catalysttcm.com/about.html

Talks and Workshops: Julie is available for talks and workshops. Topics include living with hope in a tragic world, working through trauma in communities, building community through drama and storytelling.

Teaching: Salverson’s Fall 2014 teaching includes a second year performance intensive  (Drama 238) with guest artist Andrew Kushnir and a senior seminar on aesthetics, ethics, and witnessing stories of violence (Drama 400)


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