Carl Walker

November 23, 1958July 8, 2018

Carl Walker, a longtime New Orleans theater director and Tulane College professor, entered eternal rest at his friend Jon Newlin’s home in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana on July 8, 2018 at the age of 61. Carl was a native of Lafayette, LA. and a resident of New Orleans, LA. Carl is lovingly remembered by his collogues at Harvard University, Lafayette University, and Tulane University and family members who loved him dearly. Professor Carl is preceded in death by his Mother, Father, and all of his siblings.

Carl lived in New Orleans since the early 1980s, he was the Contemporary Arts Center’s theater director from 1983 to 1986. In 1988, he was the founder and artistic director of All Kinds of Theatre, a producing group dedicated to presenting local and regional works. He truly loved working with actors, and he was very generous. Carl knew how to push people to their own personal greatness. That was the job he loved. Carl was a part-time faculty member of Tulane’s theater faculty. In their evaluations of his courses, students adored him. Although colleges and friends acknowledged Carl’s brilliance, they said he could be difficult to work with. They plays and performers won many Big Easy awards.

He also directed plays that were staged during the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. “He was an offbeat person with gifts to share,” Cuthbert said. “He gave New Orleans residents, his students, and everyone he came in contact with his best.” Carl also acted, most notably in the HBO series “Treme”, in which he had a reoccurring role. Jeffery Talbot, a friend who collaborated with Mr. Walker on several productions said: “The history of theater in New Orleans simply can’t be written without his name being mentioned countless times for his contributions over the years. From all of the productions he has directed over the years, to the countless students at Tulane he’s taught, his loss is impossible to measure.” Carl was a professor at Tulane University for over 30 years. Carl leaves behind his only Niece, Ms. Sack of California. His longtime Friend, Jon Newlin of New Orleans. And his favorite student that he mentored while teaching at Tulane, “Joshua A. Allen-Nevels” a Devoted Friend who he inspired greatly. Carl’s legacy will live in the lives of all that knew him. The family would like to thank Joshua A. Allen-Nevels and Jon Newlin.

Remains entrusted to: Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124. For additional information please contact: Joshua A. Allen-Nevels @ (504)864-3068. Funeral arrangements will be private.


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Joshua Allen- Nevels

July 18, 2018


Oh my dear Carl. How do I start I am lost for words. Your legacy will live on forever and ever. You are the reason why I am the person that I am today. You thought me well and did things for me that the world will never understand. I appreciate you to the fullest. I'll be there on today planning your final arrangements. I know this Journey will be hard because, you are absent from the body and now present with the Lord. I love you so much Carl.

If I had it my way, I would say Carl were not finished having fun. But you were a work of art. Your teachings has touched many of students, staff, and the world. Your living was truly not in vain. Im so emotional and very sorry that I had to see you go so soon. But one day I know that I will see you again. In the meantime, my studies at Tulane University are dedicated in your honor. Im so lost without my Carl Walker. But you have moved on up a little higher and you have received your just reward in Heaven. The Land where Jesus promised us a home over there.

- Joshua

Gaynell Robinson-Watkins

July 17, 2018

Mr. Walker thanks for being a true friend. Working with you the past nine years was special. I will forever remember our conversations, laughs, and Boot visits.

Lisa Johnson

July 16, 2018

Rest in Heaven Carl.

David Raphel

July 16, 2018

Carl, Thank you for all the opportunities you gave me to share your life and art. I will always remember you as a true friend.

Julie Liu

July 14, 2018

Carl, you were such an amazing professor and friend to me, and you never failed to give me your support and encouragement. It’s sad to think that I won’t see you riding around on your bike or hear another “How you do?” from you ever again. It’s cliché, but words really can’t express how much I appreciate all that you’ve done for me and how much I miss you now that you’re gone. Thank you so much for being a part of my life.