Ellie Govinden


photo of Ellie GovindenEllie Govinden is an MA student in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. She spent three years living in the United Kingdom where she completed her undergraduate degree in English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research explores burlesque and the history of black female bodies and their depictions in a variety of mediums. She is also interested in how these bodies become fetishized and they can attain autonomy through performance. Ellie is also a passionate burlesque hobbyist, who occasionally performs on stage when her nose isn’t in a book.

What you like to do when you aren’t being a grad student
I’m either on the go (I love exploring and getting lost in big cities), consuming anything with cheese on it or sleeping. I’m either being the Roadrunner or being a giant huggable sloth! I also love collecting owls, and watching cartoons.

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Miss Andrie, Photo by Kidd Gloves