Drawing from her work as a researcher and scholar, Kelsey is an applied theatre and sport practitioner who engages community members through a variety of sport and arts based projects.
She is co-founder of Launch!: An Accessible Open Mic; was the lead artist for the Britannia Players, an inter-generational theatre and performance group based in Vancouver, British Columbia; was the lead artist for Raising Awareness and Addressing Elder Abuse in the LGBT Community; was the director for an inter-generational queer cabaret, supported by the City of Vancouver and the City of Surrey, and was the co-lead artist of the Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders from 2011-2017. She has also worked on numerous film and theatre projects for The Vancouver Parks Board and the City of Vancouver and was an Associate Producer for The Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival in Toronto for several years.
Kelsey is also the coach of several womens’ and girls’ basketball teams. Since 2014, she has coached for Basketball British Columbia, Argyle Secondary School, York House Secondary School, The Wild Salmon Warriors, and All My Relations. She was also the Head Coach of the Native Education Women’s basketball team from 2012-2017.
Currently, Kelsey is a board member for New World Theatre and Basketball British Columbia
Recent Theatre/Film Projects
Kelsey is is the co-founder and co-organizer of Launch: An Accessible Open Mic . Launch! Offers inclusive and accessible space for new and seasoned writers, poets, dancers, performers and everyone in between. Though its focus is on showcasing the voices of queer youth, elders, and allies, anyone is welcome to come read, sing, dance, drag, lip synch, or otherwise entertain us. Launch! Offers an accessible alternative to the bar scene (well lit, no steps, attentive & kind audience, support for first time readers, youth and elder friendly), and a space for new/experienced work.
Kelsey was a co-writer for Two Views from the Syliva.
The premiere of Two Views from the Sylvia, a uniquely Vancouver story, was presented by Kol Halev Performance Society November 8–12, 2017 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. The production sold out every performance, attracting locals and visitors alike with a wide variety of interests – the hotel itself, Vancouver and her colourful history, the notable Joe Fortes, and the contributions and challenges of early Vancouver’s Jewish community.
Kelsey was the Lead Artist for Raising Awareness and Addressing Elder Abuse in the LGBT Community. Council to Reduce Elder Abuse. Simon Fraser University (SFU) worked with a variety of partners to host Town Hall meetings, produce videos and factsheets to increase awareness of
elder abuse in the LGBT community.
- Brought together queer older adult creative writers (Quirk-e members), queer youth activists (Youth for A Change members) and SFU elder abuse/intimate partner violence researchers (from Gerontology Research Centre & Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Dept.) to produce LGBTQ older-adult relevant posters, fact sheets and videos.
- Created a Community Partners Advisory Group, with roles such as suggesting topics for the videos, reviewing the resources produced and assisting with outreach and dissemination.
- Held Town Halls in Surrey, Nelson, Vancouver, Prince George, Kelowna, Victoria.
- Engaged in numerous outreach activities: workshop at BOLDfest; presentations at colleges and universities; speaking events; 5 radio interviews; blog entries; newspaper and newsletter articles; scholarly contributions and academic conferences
Kelsey was the co-editor of The Bridge Generation: From No Rights to Civil Rights, published by Knickershap Press and The Simon Fraser University Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studes in 2014.
“The twenty six members of the Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for elders (Quirk-e) chronicle their journey from no rights to civil rights in this, their sixth anthology. Every brave voice deserves a hearing. If you have ever felt you have been targeted as ‘the other, ‘ ever felt abandoned, mocked for being different, here are individual voices that may connect with you.” -Wayson Choy, author of The Jade Peony
Kelsey was the co-lead artist of the Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders (Quirk-e) from 2011 to 2017. The Queer Imaging & ‘Riting Kollective for Elders (aka Quirk-e) is a group of artist-activists who self-define as queer and as old and interpret these identifications in diverse ways. Some embrace the idea of being old, and some believe that the word is an empty signifier. All define themselves as artists, working primarily with written memoir and digital images, but spilling out into other genres when necessary. Public shows and exhibitions have included readings, performances, shows and exhibits.