David Gagnon Walker is a playwright, dramaturg, and performer from Edmonton currently based in Montréal. His works prioritize formal experimentation, integrating text-based drama with other modes of contemporary performance. They include: The Big Ship (winner of the 2018 Playwrights Guild of Canada RBC Emerging Playwright Award), Premium Content (Major Matt Mason Collective, 2018), Pink Moon (winner of the 2017 Wildfire National Playwriting Competition, created and performed with The General Radio Service), Productive Time (72-hour site specific & online performance, Found Fest 2017), One of Us Must Know (Chinook Series, 2016), and the libretto for the operetta Little Urban Green (Toronto Laptop Orchestra, 2015). Dramaturgy includes The Observed Flight of Birds (2b Theatre/NTS, 2017), Trying to Listen While not Giving a Fuck, (Surreal SoReal/Zone Homa, 2018), and the contemporary circus show Particle # B (Grenoble, France, 2018; 2019 tour to Australia and Finland). David also works as a translator, actor, and educator.
Recent projects have focused in one way or another on the intersections of human experience, technology, and ecology. Devising new theatrical forms for staging this stuff in all its complexity is the core of David’s artistic search.
David is the 2019 RBC Emerging Artist-in-Residence with 2b Theatre Company. He holds an MA from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, and is in the final year of the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada.