Martin Walsh

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Martin Walsh

Lecturer and Head, Drama Program

Phone: 734.647.4353

  • About

    Publications, 2010-2015:

    “The Claude la Gente Episode in Andrieu de la Vigne’s Mystère de Saint Martin (1496): Perversion of the Law, a Bourgeois Heroine, and Testimony from beyond the Grave.”  Essays in Medieval Studies 2015.

    “The Satirical Charity of Saint Martin from Bosch to the German Baroque: A Drawing by Michael Herr.”  Source: Notes in Art History 33 (2014): 21-30 with 3 illus.

    “The Playwright and Pontiac.” Michigan History (Nov./Dec. 2013): 24-29.  [article on Alexander Macomb’s Siege of Detroit, 1826]

    “Harvest Fires and Angry Saints: Theatrical Appropriations of Celtic Festivals.”  In The Art of Billy Roche: Wexford as the World, ed. Kevin Kerrane (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2012),

    “Conquering Turk in Carnival Nürnberg: Hans Rosenplüt’s Des Turken Vasnachtspil of 1456.” Fifteenth-Century Studies 36 (2011): 181-199 with 3 illus.

    “The Festival Context of Villon’s Pet-au-Deable of 1451: Martinmas in Late Medieval Paris.” Fifteenth-Century Studies 35 (2010): 143-151.


    with Clifford Davidson and Ton Broos, Mary of Nimmegan. An edition of the English chapbook with the original Dutch Morality play and its translation "St. Martin's Clowns: The Miracle of the Blind Man and Cripple in Art and Drama” to appear in Further Studies in the Medieval Dramatic Tradition, ed. Clifford Davidson.New York: AMS Press, 2015.

    Major Conferences, 2010-2015:
    Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society panel on staging medieval drama.  50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2015.
    Workshop: “Pinter, Beckett, and the Wakefield Master” for Pinter Visions: A Symposium on the Work, Art, and Politics of Harold Pinter, Emory University, Atlanta, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014.

    Presentation: “The Arts and the Great War” for The War that Changed the World: 100th Anniversary Symposium, Library of Michigan, 1 August 2014.

    “Taking (and Giving) Blows: Patterns of Violence and Spectacle in Andrieu de la Vigne’s Mystère de Saint Martin (1496).”  SITM (Société internationale pour l’étude de théâtre médiéval) Poznan, Poland, July 2013.

    Bogus Bishops/Capering Cuckolds: The Medieval Carnivalesque in Contemporary Celebrations of a Major Saint’s Day.” 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies,  
     Western Michigan University, May 2013.

    “Synge, Samhain, and Saint Martin: A Playwright’s Preoccupation with Early November.” American Conference of Irish Studies, Chicago, March 2013.

    “Slaughter of the Innocents: Irish Goons, Eurotourism, and Medieval Themes in Martin Mc Donagh’s In Bruges (2008).”  American Conference of Irish Studies–Midwest, Grand  
     Valley State University, October 2010.

    “Bishop Saint with Wine Cup: The Deckelpokal in the Iconography and Cult of St. Martin of Tours.” 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies,” Western Michigan
     University, May 2010.

    Theater Work, 2010-2015:

    Corsica Project 1:  Producer/Director Andrieu de la Vigne’s Moralité d’aveugle et du boiteau (1496) and Samuel Beckett’s Rough for Theatre 1 (1976)/role of  B in the Beckett - for the festival San Martinu in Patrimonio: Festivale d’autunnu e di ruralità, 8-11 November 2013.  (Reviews in Corse-Matin and Le Nouvel Observateur).

    Corsica Project 2:  Producer/Director/role of St. Martin in the “La Veuve et l’Usurier” (The Widow and the Usurer) episode from Andrieu de la Vigne’s Mystère de Saint Martin (1496) in the original French, for San Martinu in Patrimoniu, 7-11 November 2014.

         Reprise of “La Veuve et l’Usurier,” for the 5oth Anniversary Play Festival of the Poculi Ludique Societas, University of Toronto, 6-7 June 2015.

    Acting coaching for UM Opera Graduate Workshop: Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor interfaced with Offenbach’s Le Marriage aux Lanternes, March-April 2015.

    Role of Hofhausmeister, Richard Strauss/Hugo von Hoffmansthal’s, Ariadne auf Naxos, University Opera, March 2013.

    Clown and mask coaching for Steven Most’s, Raven’s Seed, Matrix Theater, Detroit April-May 2012.

    Shakespeare in the Arb,  Role of Sir John Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2012.
                                                Role of Old Shepherd, The Winter’s Tale, 2011
                                                Role of Peter Quince, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and director of clown scenes, 2010.

    Director/roles of Noah and Abraham, Noah’s Flood and Abraham and Melchysedeck as part of the Poculi Ludique Societas’ production of the complete Chester Cycle, University
     of Toronto, May 2010.

    Other Academic Activities 2010-2015:

    Summer semester 2015, UM Rome program.

    Summer semester 2011, UM Florence program at the Villa Corsi Salviati.

    2010-2015  Board of Directors, Center for Research in Festival Culture, Newberry Library, Chicago.

    2011-2013  Editorial Advisory Board, Fifteenth-Century Studies.
    Host/Lecturer, UM Alumni Association Travel:  Celtic Lands cruise, May 2011.

    Shaw Festival, Niagara on the Lake, Ont., August 2010.