To Celeste Walker, adjunct professor of Student Success, gelotology is a laughing matter. And she hopes that children of the Arcadia community do as well.
Walker’s class “Laughing Matters” explores gelotology, the science of laughter. The course traditionally involves a five-week...
By Caitlin Joyce '20
What’s in a laugh? Celeste Walker, associate professor of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, will virtually teach students about gelotology, the science of laughter, in her class “Laughing Matters” this upcoming fall semester.
When held in-person, the course...
From July 28 to Aug. 3, faculty from around the country who teach through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program visited Arcadia University to learn more about the program, where students and inmates work together in a collaborative classroom at a nearby prison.
At present, there are more than...
Celeste M. Walker, MFA
Celeste M. Walker is an actor, director and educator, with a BFA from Kutztown University and an MFA in Acting from The Actor’s Studio Drama School at the New School University in New York. She is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio and a member of Actors Equity. Ms. Walker is an Adjunct Professor of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies at Arcadia University and an Adjunct Professor of Speech at Montgomery County Community College. She serves as the Adjunct Representative on Arcadia University’s Faculty Senate. Celeste has developed and teaches innovative interdisciplinary curriculum at Arcadia University. Some of these include: Inside-Out: Acting Behind the Walls; Laughing Matters, Shakespeare on Stage with Seniors; Radical Arts: The Study and Practice of the Arts for Social Change; Italy on Film (Honors travel course to Rome) and Italiano Americano: Philly Style.
TEDx ArcadiaUniversity: What’s Next is the fourth TEDx conference organized by Professor Walker and her class of honors student, students. In 2012, she was the organizer and host of the TEDx ArcadiaUniversity Conference on Passion and Creativity in the Classroom. In 2014, she organized a second TEDx ArcadiaUniversity: Feeding America: Body, Mind and Soul, in 2017, the theme was The Big Idea.
Other Professional Accomplishments:
In 2003 she was awarded Advisor of the Year at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.
In 2006 she was a presenter at the New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting. She appeared on the panel presentation titled, Attorneys, Actors & The Art of Oral Advocacy.
In 2010 she was a presenter at Recipes for Success, a series of programs designed to ensure that professionals & business owners have all the ingredients they need to reach their maximum potential.
In February, 2012 she presented a paper on Outside-of-the Box Thinking for Group Project Assignments at the Best Practices Conference on Innovation and Creativityin the Classroom at Bergen County College, New Jersey.
In 2014 She presented an academic poster, Shakespeare with Seniors: One Pedagogy, Two Goals at Temple University’s Twelfth Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence in Philadelphia, PA.
In 2016, she presented a workshop on Effective Communication at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Technical Assistance Conference in Harrisburg, PA.
She presented a paper, “What’s Acting Got to Do with Restorative Justice” at the Justice Studies Association Conference at the University of Albany, SUNY, in 2016.
Professional theatre Roles include: Rachel in RECKLESS, Maria Callas in MASTERCLASS and Frankie in FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE.
From 2014-2015 she developed and directed with Philly Senior Stage, creating programs for residents in Senior Living Communities in and around Philadelphia. In 2015 she wrote and directed an original Murder Mystery Production for the Acting Troupe at Shannondell Independent Living Community in King of Prussia, PA.
Her one-woman play, “COLETTE RELOADED,” premiered at the 2016 Philly Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA and is part of The White Pines Productions Series of productions at the end of March, 2017.
In 2017 her paper, “BFMFAPhD”: An Adjunct professor’s Personal Experience With Student Debt Long After Leaving Graduate School was published in the book, “The Neoliberal Agenda abd the Student Debt Crisis in U.S. Higher Education.”
Hometown Baltimore, MD and Mountainhome, PA
Home Country USA
BFA, Major in Fine Art - Drawing
Minor in Photography
MA, Major in Theatre
Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University