Associate Professor

(519) 888-4567 x 42198
Location: ML 131

Naila Keleta-Mae holds a PhD in Theatre Studies (York University), an MFA in Theatre (York University) and a BA with distinction (Concordia University).

Her areas of research and teaching expertise are race, gender and performance. Dr. Keleta-Mae’s current artistic and research project is called Black And Free with a focus on Black expressive culture and it is funded by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and the University of Waterloo. She 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. She is also an award-winning poet, recording artist, and playwright who has performed in Canada, France, Jamaica, and South Africa.

Recent Works

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2020. Fire Woman. Full length album.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2020. “Black Lives Matter Toronto Sit-In at PRIDE.” Until We’re Free: Black Lives Matter in Canada. Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware Eds. University of Regina Press: Regina. 263-275.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2020. “relentless” (poem). We Will Win: Blueprint for Black Liberation in Canada.” Rodney Diverlus, Sandra Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware, Eds. University of Regina Press: Regina. 151-152.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. 2019. “Workshop Negative: Political Theatre in Zimbabwe in the 1980s.” Theatre Research International. 44(3) 2019: 262-272.

Keleta-Mae, Naila. “Black girl thought in the work of Ntozake Shange.” Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 12(2): 32-47.

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

DRAMA 282: Gender and Performance

SPCOM 223: Public Speaking

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

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