Kaelani Burja


I am a theatre-maker at Princeton majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Theatre, Music Theatre, Latinx Studies, and Latin American Studies. I was born and raised in Guam, but am most recently from Bakersfield, California. I am committed to fostering spaces of access, inclusion, and mentorship. My performance background is in theatre, music theatre, devised theatre, Latin rhythm dances, dance theses, cabarets, short-form content, digital theatre, original works, and multilingual works. I have performed in, stage managed, assistant directed, assistant produced, and done dramaturgy for educational, community theatre, and professional productions across California, New Jersey, New York, and Canada. I am excited to build further connections with other artists, and contribute to the growth of Latinx representation in theatrical spaces.

My research interests revolve around Latinx performance, specifically theatre and dance; I recently conducted a study titled: “¡Baila Esta Cumbia!: An Exploration of the Genre’s Evolution in Cultural Connectivity”


Concentration: Anthropology

Certificate(s): Theatre, Music Theatre, and Latine Studies