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.
By this Author
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.”
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.
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.