Dr. Priya Thomas

Assistant Professor of Dance

Headshot of Dr. Priya Thomas

Priya A. Thomas, Ph.D., is a dance historian whose research focuses on monsters/nonhumans staged in England, France, and the US during the long nineteenth century (1780-1918). A dancer, choreographer, and musician, she studied Bharata Natyam for 21 years with the primary pupil of T. Balasaraswati. Her scholarly and creative activities accordingly reflect a multidisciplinary critical practice that straddles dance, performance, theatre, music, digital media, sound art, and community-based projects. Her production across these domains focuses on  (im)materiality, transgression, and transformation. 

She holds an undergraduate degree in Comparative Religion from McGill University and is the recipient of research awards/fellowships from the Congress of Research in Dance, and The Society of Dance History Scholars, The Canadian Society of Dance Studies, and the federally-funded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her research has been published in academic journals (Dance Chronicle, Studies in Musical Theatre), edited volumes, and scholarly anthologies. A recent recipient of the Creative Arts and Humanities Grant (TWU, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs), she is currently working on a cinematographic study (film-photo-essay) that combines text-based critique, dance documentary, and experimental ethnography in order to visually represent the relationship between dance, pain, and consciousness.

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