Originally from Lebanon, Amir Haidar is a first year PhD student who has enjoyed performing since childhood. That led him to be a part of several theatrical productions and concerts in Lebanon before earning his bachelor’s in mathematics from the American University of Beirut.
He moved to Canada in 2009, earning his bachelor of fine arts degree in music theatre from Sheridan College. Since graduating, he has worked in acting in Canada, performing in productions such as Sweeney Todd, Rent and Oklahoma! He was most recently a cast member of the Toronto production of Come From Away.
His master’s degree, completed at the CDTPS, explored partial identity performance in Lebanese-Canadian queer immigrants. His research is now focused on the Lebanese Rahbani Brothers musicals of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly on their effect and use during the Lebanese Civil War of 1975-1990.
“I’m honoured and grateful to be receiving this scholarship,” says Haidar. “Aside from the generous financial help, it’s a humbling source of validation that my work is being understood and recognized.
“It’s also a testament to the path the Centre, as well as U of T are taking towards celebrating and giving space to not just queer people of colour, but also to new and different perspectives that are slowly evolving how scholarship and academia are written, submitted and received.”