Nurse Angélique…!

Nurse Angélique is multicategorial: an event, a persona, a play, a concept, an opening and a text. Collectively, it is my masters of science thesis work.

I was fortunate enough to receive two awards for this scholarship:
the CAHN/ACHN Dr. Margaret Allemang Scholarship in Nursing History and a grant from the Public Humanities Hub Seed program. The Seed grant allowed me to put on a show on UBC campus on May 8, 2023. You can read the promotional information – a spin of the official national nursing week poster- for that show below now featuring links to my completed thesis!

A “good” Canadian Nurse is not lesbian, sex worker, Black woman…

Celebrate National Nursing Week 2023 with radical rebellion! This event showcases the drag-burlesque performance developed by Kyra Philbert for her MSN thesis inquiry into the morality of the Canadian Nurse. There will be a post-show talkback facilitated by Mx. Bukuru

If you like:


You’ll love NURSE ANGÉLIQUE! This show also features the talented Rose Butch and seductive Cleo Victory.

A Public Humanities Seed Grant made this remounting possible.

May 8, 2023 at UBC Performance Theatre (located in the NEST)
Doors: 7.30 PM Show: 7:45 PM

Where are you from?

No really, where are you from?

Supported by a Public Humanities Seed Grant, this drag-burlesque experience features performances by local queer artists – non-cis / non-white bodies that historically were excluded from Canadian nursing practice. It will showcase a piece developed by artist nurse scholar Kyra Philbert for her Master of Science in Nursing thesis (UBC, 2023). Philbert re-imagines the historical figure, Marie-Joseph Angélique, as a contemporary registered nurse to wonder:

What make Blackness so surprising in Canadian nursing?

Presented during the first day of National Nursing Week 2023 themed around the future, this performance revisions history to open into other lines of inquiry towards a more socially justice nursing future. There will an artist talk-back facilitated by Mx. Bukuru with Kyra Philbert post performance. Folks will be able to ask questions and provide commentary.

This performance is taking place on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nation, while the general work leading up to event was done by queer settlers living/working/disrupting on the traditional territories the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations.