Associate Professor
(519) 888-4567 x. 31198
Location: ML 131Naila Keleta-Mae

Naila Keleta-Mae holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from York University (2012), an MFA in Theatre from York University (2005) and a BA with distinction in Journalism from Concordia University (2001). Her areas of research and teaching expertise are critical race, gender, theatre, and performance studies. Dr. Keleta-Mae’s current research projects are on Black expressive cultures and they are funded by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the University of Waterloo. Her past research received awards including the Mary McEwan Award from the Centre for Feminist Research (York University), and the New Scholars’ Prize (International Federation for Theatre Research). Dr. Keleta-Mae has appeared as a media commentator for the BBC, CBC, CTV, The Canadian Press, The National Post, The Toronto Star, and The Fader and written op-eds for The Globe and Mail and Vice Network. In addition, she is an award-winning poet, recording artist, and playwright who has performed in Canada, France, Jamaica, and South Africa.

Recent Works

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2018. “Canadian Theatre Made for Black Women.” Theatre Research in Canada. 39.1. 227-241.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2017. “A Beyoncé Feminist.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice. 38.1. 236-246.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2017. “on love: Performance as pedagogy.” Performance Studies in Canada. Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer Eds. McGill-Queen’s University Press: Montreal. 316-339.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2016. “Amiri Baraka: A Lifetime of Saying the Unsayable” Canadian Review of American Studies. 46.2 (Summer): 265-279.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2016. “Performance as reappearance: Female blackness in history and theatre” In Defence of Theatre: Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions. Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman, Eds. University of Toronto Press: Toronto. 129-142.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2016. “Black Lives Matter is dramatic, unsettling and inconvenient. That’s the point.” The Globe and Mail. July 5, 2016.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2016. “Get What’s Mine: ‘Formation’ Changes the way We Listen To Beyoncé Forever.” Noisey. Feb. 8, 2016.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2015. “An Autoethnographic Reading of The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God.Theatre Research In Canada. 36.1: 74-89.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. “Why I’m Teaching A University Course on Beyoncé.” Huffington Post. 2 July, 2015.

Courses Taught

ARTS 130: Black and Free

DRAMA 102: Introduction to Performance

SPCOM 223: Public Speaking

DRAMA 282: Gender and Performance

DRAMA 300: Theories of Theatre and Performance

DRAMA 366: Writing for Performance

DRAMA 378: Black Theatre and Performance

DRAMA 380/ENGL 316: Canadian Drama

DRAMA 490: Performance Creation

University of Waterloo

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