Walter Bilderback

Walter Bilderback


BSR Contributor Since May 26, 2020

Walter Bilderback (they/he) was a theater-maker for more than 40 years. They are currently a community activist living in West Philly.

Walter Bilderback is a writer and former theater-maker living in West Philadelphia since 2004. From 2004 to 2020, they were dramaturg and literary manager at the Wilma Theater. Previous to that, Walter also held staff positions at the American Ibsen Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Alliance Theater in Atlanta, and Dallas Theater Center, and have worked with other companies including the Center for Puppetry Arts and the Bearded Ladies. These days, their main focus is on climate activism.

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A new post-pandemic medium for Swarthmore’s ‘Women of Trachis.’ (Photo by Michał Zadara.)

Swarthmore College presents Sophocles’ ‘The Women of Trachis,’ sans audience

Theater without witnesses

If a demigod burns and no one hears about it, does it make a catharsis? Walter Bilderback investigates a pandemic-era production of ‘The Women of Trachis’ at Swarthmore dubbed “theater without witnesses.”
Walter Bilderback

Walter Bilderback

Articles 5 minute read
The book cover. Over a photo of brick Philly rowhouses, a diagonal orange banner with white text has the title.

The Bourgeois Anarchist by Sam Gridley

Waiting for the revolution

In Sam Gridley’s new Philly-set novella, a now-privileged teacher grapples with her anarchist past as she continues to join leftwing activists. Walter Bilderback reviews.
Walter Bilderback

Walter Bilderback

Reviews 4 minute read
The book cover. The title and author text appears in white over a fractured-looking, abstract, photographic blue illustration

Below Torrential Hill, by Jonathan Koven

What the comet knew of Tristen

A 2021 novella from Philly author Jonathan Koven, published thanks to the Electric Eclectic Novella Prize, is a new entry in a hoary tradition, but not without poetic merits. Walter Bilderback reviews.
Walter Bilderback

Walter Bilderback

Reviews 3 minute read