Julie Salverson: Writer, Creative Resilience Trainer, Scholar, Speaker
Julie’s work as a writer, resilience trainer 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. Julie’s book Lines of Flight: an atomic memoir will be published in 2016 by Wolsak & Wynn. She is Assistant Professor of Drama at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and Adjunct Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada.
Aug/Sept. 2016: Paper for the Royal Geographical Society, London, UK.
April 8, 2016: Part of panel School Engagement, Artistic Practice and Democracy, at the AERA American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC) with Kathleen Gallagher (OISE/U.Toronto), Madeleine Grumet (North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA) and Wendy Luttrell (CUNY, USA): What does it mean to Care?
January – March, 2016: drama workshops for the English Department, Royal Military College of Canada.
Recent Speaking Engagement: Saturday, October 24, Toronto: Through Post Atomic Eyes Symposium.
Video recording of presentation by Julie Salverson and Peter Van Wyck, “Through the Lens of Fukushima“.
Recent Presentation, The Importance Of Stories.
Julie is on twitter.
“Looking for a Horse in Fukushima.” December, 2015, Horse Sport Magazine (available at Chapters).
“An Unspeakable Vulnerability: Men’s Lives.” Why Theatre Now?, edited by Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman. University of Toronto Press, 2016.
“The Secrets of Others”. Theatres of Affect, New Essays on Canadian Theatre, volume four. Edited by Erin Hurley. Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.
Lines of Flight, an atomic memoir. Coming September, 2016, Wolsak & Wynn
Games Playwrights Play: in progress, co-written with John Lazarus.
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.
Writing and Research: Salverson’s current writing, research and performance interests include: 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; Canada’s involvement in the development of the atomic bomb.
Theatre and Opera: http://www.catalysttcm.com/about.html
Teaching: Salverson’s 2015 /16 teaching includes a second year performance intensive (Drama 238 Fall) a senior performance seminar on devising, aesthetics, ethics, and witnessing stories of violence (Drama 400) and a second year performance/acting class (Drama 238 Winter).