Professor of Drama at the University of Waterloo. Practicing performance poet, playwright, and recording artist.
Naila Keleta-Mae is a professor of Drama in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. She is a practicing performance poet, playwright, and recording artist. Her research on theatre and performance in Canada uses the theoretical and methodological frameworks of feminist and critical race studies to engage historically under-examined areas of inquiry.
Naila holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from York University (2012), an MFA in Theatre from York University (2005) and a BA with Distinction from Concordia University (2001). Prior to her appointment at the University of Waterloo she was a Faculty Advisor in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at Goddard College. Her 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.
Naila 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.
Who are the most influential storytellers of the 21st century? Like it or not, Beyoncé's name must be mentioned in any credible answer. She uses visuals and music to tell young people around the world what it means to be a woman, wife, mother and feminist.