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Julie Salverson

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Julie Salverson



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.

January and February, 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 Workshop:  Resiliency Workshop, June 6/7, War Horse Foundation, Edmonton, Alberta

Recent Presentation, The Importance Of Stories.

Julie is on twitter.

Current Essays:

“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 FreemanUniversity 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.

Current Books:

Games Playwrights Play is in progress, co-written with John Lazarus.


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.

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