Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories
Interview with Quinton Walker



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Quinton John Walker was born in Texas and when he was three-years old, his parents divorced, splitting the family into two separate households. In 2010 Quinton participated in his first theater production, Christmas at the O.K. This marked the beginning of his lifelong love of theater. He attended Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas, and during his Junior and Senior years he took dual credit courses through St. Edwards University. In 2015, Quinton came out to both of his parents as a gay man, something they both were very understanding and respectful of. He spent almost all of his time in school when he wasn’t working on academics, focusing on the school’s theater group, auditioning for and acting in a wide variety of shows before applying and being admitted to the Columbia College Chicago BFA Acting program. He moved to Chicago Illinois not long after graduating from high school, eager to start the rest of his life. The end of his freshman year at Columbia was interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, when he moved back to Texas and completed his classes online for the remaining six weeks of the semester.

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acting, theatre, theater, Texas, COVID-19, pandemic, Chicago, Illinois, United States, coronavirus

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Quinton Walker, a sophomore at Columbia College Chicago, recounts his high school and life experience leading up to and then during the Coronavirus-induced quarantine. He details events such as when he came out to his parents and when he got accepted into the selective theater group at his high school. Quinton also elaborates on the various difficulties that come from living through the quarantine with divorced parents who live in separate houses and the weekly precautions taken when moving between houses. This also comes with the added difficulties of taking online acting classes, something that requires him to be very physical even if his mother’s house doesn’t have the space to accommodate his required exercises. He also shares his opinions on the actions of the Texas state government and what he thinks they should have done differently. Quinton also details the various ways he’s trying to stay calm and ward off anxiety during the quarantine, most of which involve some of his friends from high school and their movie nights hosted via video chat. He also shares how he feels the pandemic will be remembered in the years to come and how it seems like for the first time the entire world is experiencing the same thing at the same time. He goes on to explain his worry and hope for the future on how long this pandemic could go on for and how to take the weeks just one day at a time.

Conducted in spring 2020 by an Oral History: The Art of the Interview student, this interview with a fellow student in the class reflects on the pandemic and how it impacted their life. The interview is conducted based on the life history approach to oral history.

Interview with Quinton Walker