Naila Keleta-Mae

Assistant Professor
(519) 888-4567 x. 31198
Location: ML 131

​Naila Keleta-Mae holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from York Universityphoto of Naila Keleta-Mae (2012), an MFA in Theatre from York University (2005) and a BA with Distinction from Concordia University (2001). Her research interests are in performance, gender studies, critical race theory and autoethnography. Prior to her appointment at the University of Waterloo she was a Faculty Advisor in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Goddard College. Dr. Keleta-Mae’s dissertation on female Blackness in Canada won the Mary McEwan Award from the Centre for Feminist Research at York University and her doctoral research was awarded numerous scholarships including a Canada Graduate Scholarship, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Abella Scholarship for Studies in Equity, and the Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship. Dr. Keleta-Mae’s is also an award-winning performance poet and playwright who has released two full-length albums, been produced by b current, Black Theatre Workshop and published by Playwrights Canada Press, Fernwood Publishing and Frontenac House Publishing Ltd. She has performed her art and scholarship in Canada, France, Jamaica, Japan, Portugal, South Africa and the United States of America.

Recent work

“Performance as reappearance: Female blackness in history and theatre” Why Theatre Now? On the virtue and value of Canadian theatre in the new millennium. Eds. Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman. University of Toronto Press: Toronto. Forthcoming. 

“Amiri Baraka: A Lifetime of Saying the Unsayable” Canadian Review of American Studies. Canadian Association for American Studies: Ottawa. Forthcoming.

Poetry Performance. Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival. Durham. Forthcoming. 

“Women and Leadership” Keynote Address. Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario. And Still We Rise Leadership Conference: Toronto. Feb. 25, 2015. 

“An Autoethnographic Reading of The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God.” Theatre Research In Canada. University of Toronto Press: Toronto. 36.1 (2015): 74-89.

 “crystal gale.” Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron, eds. The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. Frontenac House: Calgary, 191-192, 2013.

Imagine & Do: Naila Keleta-Mae at TEDx UW”; Waterloo, Nov. 17, 2013.

“Outskirts to Mainstream: Performance Poetry on the Move” Canadian Theatre Review, University of Toronto Press: Toronto, (149)76-79, 2012.

“i remember” Jamaica in the Canadian Experience: A Multiculturalizing Experience. Carl E James and Andrea Davis, Eds. Fernwood Publishing: Halifax, 115-118, 2012.

“Maureen Moynagh, ed. African-Canadian Theatre: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English Vol. 2 and Susan Bennett, ed. Feminist Theatre and Performance: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English Vol. 4” Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada, 33.2 (2012): 261-63. Print.

“memories five-oh-one.” The Toronto Star. 6 Nov. 2011. IN3. Print.

“A Pedagogy of Justice.” Canadian Theatre Review, University of Toronto Press: Toronto, (147) 38-42, 2011.

Courses Taught

  • DRAMA 102/SPCOM 102: Introduction to Performance
  • 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
University of Waterloo

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