Faculty / Drama Instructor: Sky Gilbert
Sky Gilbert is a poet, novelist, actor, playwright, filmmaker, theatre director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was co-founder and artistic director of Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre—one of the world’s largest gay and lesbian theatres—from 1979 to 1997. He has had more than 40 plays produced, and written 7 critically acclaimed novels including Guilty (also translated into French) Brother Dumb, Wit in Love, and Come Back and three award winning poetry collections—Digressions of A Naked Party Girl, Confessions of a Juvenile Delinquent and A Nice Place to Visit, as well as a memoir Ejaculations from the Charm Factory. His plays, including the iconic Drag Queens on Trial have found a place in the Canadian theatrical canon. He has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his theatre work, as well as the Pauline McGibbon Award, and The Silver Ticket Award. He also received the ReLit Award for his novel An English Gentleman in 2004. There is a street in Toronto named after him: ‘Sky Gilbert Lane.’ His latest novel Sad Old Faggot (ECW Press) was critically acclaimed. He is presently working on a book of essays entitled Small Things to be published by Guernica Press in 2018, and a cantata Shakespeare’s Criminal with composer Dustin Peters. Dr. Gilbert is a Professor at the School of English and Theatre Studies in Guelph where specializes in creative writing, sexuality and Shakespeare.