Keynote Speaker: (Re)casting Shakespeare in Canada
Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Dr Walter Borden is an acclaimed actor and poet, and a revered activist, teacher and mentor. As a stage actor he has left his signature imprint in all the major theatres in the country, including five seasons at Stratford Festival, as well as in the United States and Europe. His artistry has earned him a Merritt Award and a Montreal English Theatre Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and a Dora nomination for the same category, as well as a Quebec Cinema nomination for his performance in Gerontophilia. Dr Borden’s seminal work, The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time, crafted over 48 years, premiered as an NAC English Theatre Production, curated by Black Theatre Workshop, at Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 16, 2022, It will be presented at Tarragon Theatre in October, 2023 and at the NAC in November, 2023. Currently, he is preparing for publication his play, The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time – (September, 2023); his poetry collection, Africadian Mi’kmaq Songs in the Key of the Universal Anthem – (Spring of 2024); and his memoirs, A Word or Two Before I Go – (December, 2024). Dr Borden is the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Nova Scotia, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals, the Portia White Prize, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award, an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law and an Honorary Doctor of Letters. He is an inductee into the Dr. William P. Oliver Wall of Honour Society at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.