PhD Education, University of Toronto
MA Adult Education, University of Toronto
BA Theatre and English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Performance & Social Movements; Race, Gender, Nation & Colonialism & Post-Colonialism; Caribbean Societies & Their Diasporas; Community & Environmental Arts & Education.
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
416 736 2100
I work at the crossroads of performance, art, politics and environmental justice. I explore how performance creates spaces where what Toni Morrisson called “discredited knowledges” can emerge and engage critically with power and politics in a quest for radical social and environmental justice. In my research-creation practice, I make collaborative and community-based performances drawing on oral history, testimony, dialogue, ceremonial, spatial and symbolic action and social memory. I often integrate this with activist organization. One goal of my scholarship is to work “contrapuntally” - that is to embrace the challenge of listening and engaging in dialogue across hierarchies of difference, without suppressing difference, while at the same time questioning structures of domination and coercion.
All my projects are rooted in the global Caribbean, the Black diaspora and/or in the wider Global South and they draw on a tradition of radical Caribbean anticolonial, transnational feminist thought and performance theory. Arising from this, my research and writings traverse a range of themes: decolonizing arts education; Caribbean feminist organization and education; performance, decolonization and social movements; memory, violence and community activism, oral histories of diasporic food production and consumption as a practice of resistance to cultural assimilation.
Currently, I teach an undergraduate course called Artists and Writers who Change the World: Introduction to Environmental Arts and Humanities. At the graduate level, I teach a Cultural Production workshop in Performance in which graduate students create and reflect on their own performances through the lens of decolonization. I also teach an introductory graduate seminar on Research in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Recognition & Awards
- Otto Rene Castillo Award for Poltiical Theatre to Sistren (Sisters) Theatre Collective, Jamaica
- Best Film/Video Documentary Production, XXII, Black International Cinema for Honor Bound directed by Jay Prychidny, Toronto, Canada: Leda Serene