Dayna McLeod

Dayna McLeod is a performance and video artist. Her work uses humour, and capitalizes on exploiting the body’s social and material conditions using performance-based practices for cabaret and video. She approaches pop culture, queerness, age, and feminism with a unique and quirky sensibility. Her work has been presented at OFFTA in Montreal, the Summerworks Theatre Festival in Toronto, the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, the Abrons Art Center in NYC, Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montreal, the Impakt Festival in Utrecht Netherlands, the Mardi Gras Festival in Darlinghurst Australia, MIX Brasil Festival Of Sexual Diversity in São Paulo Brazil, the Modern Art Museum in Warsaw Poland, the City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts in Ljubljana Slovenija, and Le Centre d’art contemporain in Paris. I Live for Menopause—a queer middle aged romp that imagines a menopausal future full of promise—won the Prix du Public in the Experimental category at Cineffable, Festival International du film Lesbian et Feminist de Paris in 2019. Dayna has also completed a Ph.D. in Humanities at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University.

Artist Code: 607


I Live for Menopause

2018, 04:15 minutes, Colour

This is My Friend Ethan

2013, 06:10 minutes, Colour, English

Thong (to the 5th power)

2010, 04:10 minutes, colour, English

The Cremation of Sam McGee

2010, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Ultimate SUB Ultimate DOM: Maria Von Trapp & Mary Poppins

2009, 03:04 minutes, colour, English

That's Right Diana Barry, You Needed Me

2009, 06:48 minutes, colour, English

Teabagging and Other Beauty Secrets

2009, 07:47 minutes, colour, English

Pleasure Zone

2005, 18:00 minutes, colour, English

Dad, Don't Be Mad

2004, 09:00 minutes, colour, English

Master Libation

2002, 04:30 minutes, colour, English

Watching Lesbian Porn

2001, 10:30 minutes, B&W, English

The Bathroom Tapes: Track 3; Take 4 ("My Man")

2000, 02:30 minutes, B&W, English

How to Fake an Orgasm (whether you need to or not)

1999, 09:00 minutes, B&W, English

Ode To Dorothy

1998, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

The extraction/fusion apparatus: Dayna McLeod's engaged mash-up...
by Anne Golden. Canadian Theatre Review, Winter 2012, no. 149.
Dayna MacLeod's Feminist Celluloid Fantasies, Queer Revisionary:...
by T.L. Cowan. No More Potlucks, July 2011, no. 16.
The Gaze from the Rearview Mirror: Amir Baradaran's Transient Taxi...
by Dayna McLeod. No More Potlucks, Jan. 2011, no. 13.
Dana Claxton and the Graceful Art of Rage
by Dayna McLeod. No More Potlucks, Nov. 2010, no. 12.
Getting Messy and Complicated with Dana Inkster
by Dayna McLeod. No More Potlucks, July 2009, no. 4.
The Ass Alley Anglers vs. the Pussy Packers: Dayna mcleod's...
by Sasha. Montreal Mirror, 2005, v. 20, no. 44.
Sex, Smurfs and video tapes
by Thomas Hirschmann. The National Post, July 8, 2000.
Feminist Angst: Giv Us a Break!
by Dayna McLeod. Hour, Mar. 2, 2000.