Walter Valeri earned his M.A. in performing arts from the ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University in 2000 and began his teaching career in 1999 at Harvard, teaching several courses in Italian language and dramatic literature.
Valeri is a published poet, playwright, and scholar. His collection of poetry Canzone dell’amante infelice was awarded Italy’s national literary prize, the Mondello. He is the editor of Fabulazzo, a standard sourcebook on the Italian actor and playwright Dario Fo, and has authored numerous essays. An anthology of his poems, Deliri fragili, was published in 2006. Valeri's recent essay on the theater as an instrument of Italian language and culture learning appeared in Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater (Yale University Press).
Valeri has translated several dramatic, fiction, screen, and poetry texts into Italian, including Which Side Are You On? by Ken Loach, Carlino by Stuart Hood, Les Aveugles by Maurice Maeterlinck, The Memory of War by James Fenton, Knepp and Krinsky by Jorge Goldenberg, Adramelech by Valère Novarina, Nobody Dies on Friday by Robert Brustein, Eight Poems by Sam Cornish, The Dear Remote Nearness of You by Danielle Legros Georges (in collaboration with Pina Piccolo), and Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo (as a new American translation, in collaboration with Bob Scanlan). Valeri has also authored and produced several plays around the world: Ed ella a me (Italy, 2014), Radiosa/Isadora (Italy, 2010), Arlecchino e il profumo dei soldi (Boston, 2000), Pulcinella e il coccodrillo lunare (Paris, 1993), Colchide (Italy, 1991; also produced and aired by the Italian national broadcasting company, RAI, in 1994), Firuli, firuli, firula (Italy and Paris, 1988), and Il vento in testa (Italy, 1984). He helped to adapt and produce such plays as The Merchant of Venice (Italy, 2016), Fabulazioni della Resistenza from Dario Fo and Franca Rame (Italy, 2009), Antigone (Italy, 2007), and Donna de Paradiso (Italy, 2006).
- Contributor to Italy’s leading theatrical and poetry journals Sipario, Teatri delle diversità, and La macchina sognante
- International poetry festival L’Orecchio di Dioniso (Forlì, Italy)—Director