Biography

A graduate of the University of Toronto 9T3, with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Classical Civilizations and Women’s Studies,  Kristine Maitland is also former member of The Society for Creative Anachronism, where she became known for her research in Black history in the Renaissance world, courtesans and sex workers, courtly love, and erotic dominance and submission with the context of the medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Her scholarship also covers the entertainment industry.  Acting as historian for the Burlesque and Vaudeville Alliance, in 2004 she curated Bad Girls Run Amok, an exhibition covering the history of burlesque in Toronto as part of the Mayworks Labour Festival.

Kristine Maitland trained in storytelling and puppetry through Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Toronto Public Library (TPL).  She has told stories at Nathan Phillips Square, Metro Hall, Buddies in Bad Times, the 519, Now Magazine Lounge, the Gladstone Hotel and the Transac Club.  She also, as part of the 1998 production of the York Cycle, performed in Poculi Ludique Societas (aka The Cup and Ball Society, a medieval theatre company at the University of Toronto) where she acted as puppeteer and in the role of the Whore of Babylon .

Kristine got her first “big break” as a freelance writer working for The Toronto Star, and continuing to write for Eye Weekly and Sway Magazine (Torstar Inc.) as well as other publications such as Renaissance Magazine and Trade!   Concurrently,   Kristine’s essay “Women’s Health in Scary Hands” was published the anthology Surviving in the Hour of Darkness: the Health and Wellness of Women of Colour and Indigenous Women.

Kristine was twice featured on Omni Television to discuss her history research, and appeared on CityTV with Adam Vaughan. For a time, Kristine was a panel regular on The Chat Room, a CTV digital program with Seamus O’Regan and later with with Ben Mulroney to discuss culture and politics.

Kristine Maitland has run workshops for Good for Her, Planned Parenthood, The International Conference on Bisexuality (ICB), and Forward into the Past (FitP).

Kristine Maitland is currently learning Italian.