Kael’s songs and lyrics for “ Out at School ,” composed to layer and share the research findings in our multi – media verbatim theatre piece, captured the essence and nuances of the testimonies of the families who participated in our project. Kael’s songs are often the highlight of our performances and a udience members are always taken with their beautiful voice and stunning lyrics.
About Kael Reid
Kael has a PhD in Education from the University of Toronto. During their doctoral research, they investigated how songs composed and recorded from interviews conducted they with 2SLGBTQI+ families opened up dialogue with equity-seeking youth about gender, sexuality, embodiment, and relationships. Currently, Kael is a Postdoctoral Fellow and instructor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University where they are working on two arts-based research projects with newcomer and refugee young people. These projects examine how community music programs, songwriting, recording, performance, and other creative activities enable newcomer and refugee youth to develop and extend their expressive skills, build connections and collaborative networks, and experience personal empowerment and wellbeing. As part of this research, Kael uses an innovative, participatory research creation method they developed called, “collaborative ethnographic songwriting.”
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