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Devon Healey

Devon Healey
Assistant Professor


Department: Social Justice Education

Research Overview

Disability studies marks the occasion for all of us to engage with the intrigue of disability. I approach disability, including my own blindness, as the dynamic life of performance. As such, disability studies allows us to socially locate instances of disability in the theatre of everyday life. Social actors, disabled and non-disabled actors alike, participate in this theatre to create a multi-version image of disability. My work aims at unravelling this multi-image character of disability and to reveal critical and creative ways of reimagining disability - imagining blindness as perception rather than distortion, for example. I make use of phenomenology together with various critical fields of inquiry such as Indigenous Studies, Black Studies and Queer Studies as a way to develop a performative and theatrical sense of disability. Finally, my work is consciously committed to the cultivation of Blind Studies as a legitimate form of inquiry.

Academic History

PhD (2019). Department of Social Justice Education. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
Focus: Disability Studies, Disability Studies in Education and Research-Creation
Dissertation: Blindness in V Acts: Disability Studies as Critical Creative Inquiry.

MEd (2015). Department of Social Justice Education. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
Focus: Critical Disability Studies and Disability Studies in Education.
MRP: The Ghostly World of Blindness: The Life of Blindness in the World of Sight.

BEd (2011). Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
Focus: Intermediate/Senior Teacher Education for Drama & English.

BA (Hons.). (2010). University of Toronto at Mississauga.
Focus: Specialist Degree in Theatre and Drama Studies.

Diploma in Theatre and Drama (2009). Sheridan College.
Focus: Performance.

Teaching Overview

Graduate Courses:

Disability Studies: An Introduction

Disability Through Narrative Inquiry

The Cultural Production of the Self as a Problem in Education

Independent Reading and Research Curses - Designed by students, supervised by me:

Blinding Movement: Rethinking the Sight of Dance Through Blind Studies

Representative Publications


Healey, D. (2021). Dramatizing blindness: Disability studies as critical creative narrative. Literary Disability Studies Series, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers Ltd.


Healey, D. (2022). Blind perception: DisAppearing blindness . . . with a twist. In, T. Titchkosky, E. Cagulada and M. DeWelles (Eds.), DisAppearing DisAbility: Encounters in Disability Studies. Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press. Forthcoming spring 2022.

Healey, D., & Michalko, R. (2021). The Metanarrative of blindness. In, Bolt, D. (Ed.), The Metanarratives of disability: Culture and the normative social order. Advances in Disability Series, Routledge Press.


Titchkosky, T., Healey, D., and Michalko, R. (2019). Understanding blindness simulation and the culture of sight. Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, 13(2). pp. 123-139.

Healey, D. (2017). Eyeing the pedagogy of trouble: The cultural documentation of the problem-subject. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 6(1). pp. 85-104.

Book Reviews

Healey, D. (2020). Book review: Blindness through the looking glass: The Performance of blindness, gender and the sensory body by Gili Hammer. London School of Economics (LSE) Review ofBooks.

Research Grants and Contracts

2020-2022 TD Forward March Program / Outside the March Theatre Company
Award: International Award-Winning Commissioned Artist and Playwright.
Role: Commissioned to write and perform in, Rainbow on Mars, an immersive theatrical experience that is a sensory reclamation of blindness encountered through the story of Plato's cave.

2019-2020 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design in association with York University's Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology.

Professional Activities

Co-Founder of, Peripheral Theatre