Bio

Nadia DavidsNadia Davids works as both a scholar and an artist. Her plays, At Her Feet and Cissie, have garnered various theatre awards and nominations (five Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards, one Noma, one Naledi) and been staged internationally (in Africa, Europe, The United States at venues such as Market Theatre, Baxter Theatre, Southbank Centre, and at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Afrovibes, and the London Book Fair).

Nadia was a part of the New York Women’s Project Theater’s Playwright’s Lab for 2008-2010 and was a writer in residence at the Ledig House in 2012.

She holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town and, as an A.W. Mellon Fellow, has been a visiting scholar/artist at the University of California, Berkley and at New York University’s Performance Studies Department. Her articles have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Mail and Guardian and The South African Theatre Journal and Taylor and Francis’ Social Dynamics Journal and The Drama Review. She is currently a fulltime lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and is a 2013 recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for her research.

Her most recent creative project, a screenplay adaptation of her short story, The Visit, won best South African Film Project at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival and is currently in development. An Imperfect Blessing (published by Umuzi Random House in April 2014) is her debut novel.