Vanessa Melo

Vanessa Melo

PhD candidate

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Vanessa Melo is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. She completed her B.A. at York University in 2014 and received her M.A. from the University of Toronto in 2015. Her research focuses on Caribbean Women of the Spanish speaking Diaspora. She works with performance texts and is interested in the way the artists she studies encode meaning on their bodies. For Vanessa, these texts are theatrical narratives which are often influenced by autobiographical events, where the body of the performer is the central medium to encode meaning. These texts are often performed in both public and unconventional spaces, are unfaithful to their scripts, and challenge the traditional dichotomy of audience/performer.