Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae is an award-winning Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Waterloo where she researches gender studies, critical race theory, performance studies and autoethnography. She holds a PhD in Theatre Studies (York University), an MFA in Theatre (York University) and a BA in Journalism (Concordia University).

Her research garnered extensive media coverage in 2015 when it was announced that she would teach an undergraduate course entitled Gender and Performance in Fall 2015 that will focus on Beyoncé’s self-titled album. Due to the overwhelming and unprecedented interest in the course Dr. Keleta-Mae will teach it again in Winter 2016 with the same focus on Beyoncé.

Dr. Keleta-Mae has received numerous scholarships and awards for her on female blackness and performance, namely: a Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC), a Mary McEwan Award for Feminist Scholarship (York University), an Abella Scholarship for Studies in Equity (York University) and a Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship (York University). Dr. Keleta-Mae’s scholarship appears in publications including the journals Theatre Research in Canada and Canadian Review of American Studies (forthcoming), the magazine Canadian Theatre Review and the book In Defense of Theatre (forthcoming). While her public appearanceshave included a keynote address for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, guest speaking at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto and a TEDx talk.


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