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Kelsey Blair is an author, applied theatre & sport practitioner, and PhD Candidate in English with an emphasis in performance studies at Simon Fraser University.

As an emerging scholarly, Kelsey’s areas of interest include performance and theatre studies, affect theory, musical theatre, and sport. Her co-edited trade volume Basically Queer: An Intergenerational Introduction to LGBTQA2S+ Lives was published by Peter Lang in 2017, and her articles have appeared in journals, including The Canadian Theatre Review, Studies in Musical Theatre, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, and The International Journal of Sport History. She is also a sessional instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia.

Kelsey applies her research as an applied theatre and sport practitioner, and she is the lead artist of numerous community based theatre and performance projects, the coach of girls’ and women’s basketball teams, and a board member for New World Theatre and Basketball British Columbia. 

As an author, Kelsey’s first book, Pick and Roll, was published by Lorimer in 2014 for their Sports’ Stories series and was named one of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens. Her second book, Ugly Kicks, was published in 2016, and her third book, Making the Team, was commended as one of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & teens.

Her most recent book, Tough Call, was released in Fall 2018!

Kelsey frequently does workshops, readings, and speaking engagements with elementary schools, high schools, and organizations such as Canada Basketball. She’s always interested in new opportunities.

You can reach her at: info@thekelseyblair.com