Key’Aira Lockett is a Mitchell Center Scholar in Residence in the Dance Program in the School of Theatre & Dance. She received her M.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from Hollins University in Frankfurt, Germany. During her theoretical thesis process at Hollins, she investigated classical dance culture through a racial lens, using identity politics and queer theory as means to confront, critique and discover new ways of showing up in the world as a “Black Dancing Body."
Lockett has choreographed for numerous companies and institutions and taught contemporary dance and interdisciplinary studies at Up Academy Holland, The Boston Conservatory, Fenway High School, and Berklee College of Music. She is now a bi-city freelance artist working mostly out of Boston, MA, where she is also a Dance Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art and a consultant for Black Market Nubian. In 2021, Lockett was awarded “The Emerging Filmmakers Award” at the Roxbury International Film Festival for her directorial debut for “Roxbury Love Story.”