David Gagnon Walker is a playwright and dramaturg from Edmonton, Alberta working across Canada. His plays prioritize formal experimentation, integrating text-based drama with other modes of contemporary performance. Recent projects have focused in one way or another on staging the complex intersections of human experience, technology, and the natural world.
Plays include The Big Ship (winner of the 2018 Playwrights Guild of Canada RBC Emerging Playwright Award), Nothing but Flowers (Montréal 2019, New Words Festival, directed by Rose Plotek), Premium Content (Calgary 2018, Major Matt Mason Collective, directed by Geoffrey Simon Brown), Pink Moon (winner of the 2017 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition), Productive Time (Edmonton 2017, Found Festival), One of Us Must Know (Edmonton 2016, Chinook Series), and the libretto for the operetta Little Urban Green (Toronto Laptop Orchestra, 2015). Dramaturgy includes The Observed Flight of Birds (Montréal 2017, 2b Theatre Company/NTS), Trying to Listen While not Giving a Fuck, (Montréal 2018, Surreal SoReal/ZH Festival), and the contemporary circus show Particle # B (2018-19 tour to Canada, France, Australia, and Finland).
David also works as a translator, performer, and educator. He is the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence with Halifax's 2b Theatre Company, and the recipient of the 2019 Playwrights' Workshop Montréal Cole Foundation Mentorship for Emerging Translators for his translation of Gabrielle Chapdelaine's La retraite. He holds an MA from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, and is a graduate of the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he received the 2019 Ada Slaight Award for excellence and leadership working in English and French.