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

Dr. Keleta-Mae specializes in female black performance with a special focus onthe work of Beyoncé Knowles Carter. Dr. Keleta-Mae’s research on Beyoncé garnered extensive media coverage in 2015 when it was announced that she would teach an undergraduate course entitled Gender and Performance in Fall 2015 focused on Beyoncé’ self-titled 2013 visual album. Dr. Keleta-Mae has been an invited guest on the British Broadcast Corporation, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and has written for The Fader, The Vice Network and Huffington Post.

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 appearances have included a keynote addresses for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario and a TEDx talk.