Kelsey HeadshotKelsey Blair is an author, emerging academic, and community sport and art leader.


A former professional women’s basketball player, 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. It was also a Junior Library Guild Selection in spring 2015.   Her second book, Ugly Kicks, was published in Fall 2015 to rave reviews. Her third book, Making the Team, was published in Fall 2016.

As a playwright, Kelsey’s work has been produced in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, her described-video scripts have been featured on channels such as the Global, CTV, and CBC, and her poems have been turned into art songs as part of Vancouver ‘s Art Song Lab.


Kelsey holds a BA in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia, an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, a Certificate in Film Production from Langara College, and an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English at Simon Fraser University, generously supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship. She is also a graduate fellow at Simon Fraser’s Institute for Performance Studies. Her areas of interest include:performance studies, sport, affect theory, theatre studies, and musical theatre.

Community Sport & Art, and Applied Theatre

Kelsey works in the community as a sport and art leader. Currently, she is the co-founder and co-organizer of Launch: An Accessible Open Mic and the co-lead artist of The Britannia Players, an upcoming community theatre project based out of Britannia Community Services Centre. She has also worked with the Vancouver Parks Board on a number of applied theatre and film projects. Kelsey is a member of the Board of Directors of Basketball BC and a high school girls basketball coach.

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.


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