Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta

Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta
BA (Honours) Utrecht University, The Netherlands
MA Utrecht University, The Netherlands
PhD The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Assistant Professor
Applied Theatre

Phoenix Building Rm 108
Office Hours Mondays 1:00 to 2:00pm (and by appointment at other times)
Phone 250-721-6218

Areas of Research & Creative Activity 
Theatre in war and (post)-conflict zones, theatre in developing settings, indigenous theatre, and more specifically the meaning of language revitalization, global economics, aesthetics, social justice and human rights within the field of applied theatre.

THEA 132: Exploring Theatre Through Dramatic Process 
THEA 235: Introduction to Applied Theatre
THEA 394: Directed Studies in Applied Theatre: Theatre, Conflict and Development
THEA 435: Applied Theatre II
THEA 590: Research Methods in Applied Theatre

Brief Biography
Dr. Sadeghi-Yekta received her BA (Honours) and MA in Theatre Studies from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and her Ph.D. in Drama, Applied Theatre from The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. She has taught at Simon Fraser University. Prior to teaching in Canada, she was a Lecturer in Drama and Theatre in London, and a graduate teaching assistant at The University of Manchester, where she taught MA courses and undergraduate courses with particular focus on applied theatre and global theatre.

As a theatre practitioner, Dr. Sadeghi-Yekta has been involved in projects with different communities and in a variety of countries. For instance, she has worked with the Hul’q’umi’num’ community on Vancouver Island, children in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, young people in Brazilian favelas, disabled young women in rural areas of Cambodia, adolescents in Nicaragua, and students with special needs in schools in The Netherlands. Additionally, in 2004 she established a theatre company in an impoverished neighbourhood in Northern Nicaragua, which is still in operation.

Her research has been supported by different scholarships, including SSHRC’s Partnership Development Grant; the Prince Bernhard Scholarship for excellent research capacities, which is administered under the auspices of His Royal Highness Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parma; The Sir Richard Stapely Educational Trust; and The University of Manchester Studentship Award.

Selected Professional Achievements


  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Principal Investigator, Hul’q’umi’num’ heroes: reclaiming language through theatre 2016-2019
  • SSSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principal Investigator, Setting the stage: Theatre as a tool for Coast Salish language revitalization 2016
  • Honorable mention Distinguished Dissertation Award, American Alliance for Theatre and Education 2016
  • International Award conference paper, Canadian Association for Theatre Research 2015
  • The Sir Richard Stapely Educational Trust 2009-2011
  • The University of Manchester Studentship Award 2009-2011
  • Prince Bernhard Scholarship 2008 - 2012
  • SNS REAAL Bank Studentship 2008-2012
  • Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund 2008-2009

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters
Sadeghi-Yekta, Kirsten “Ch. 5: Competing international players and their aesthetic imperatives,” in Applied Theatre: Aesthetics ed. Gareth White, London: Bloomsbury Methuen. [*peer-reviewed]
Currently co-editing a publication focusing on theatrical plays in conflict zones (work under review).

Broekman, K. ed. “Special Issue on Global Encounters in Southeast Asian Performing Arts” in Asian Theatre Journal, 31.2. (2014)
Broekman, K. “Esthetiek in de Favela. Brazilie is niet het land voor amateurs” in special issue Theaterschrift Lucifer #10 (2010). [*peer-reviewed]

Sadeghi-Yekta, K. “Y los de Teatro cuándo vuelven? The future of internationalised applied theatre in Nicaragua” in Research in Drama Education, 22.2. (2017) [*peer-reviewed]

Sadeghi-Yekta, K. “In the Limelight: A Cultural Act of Local Commitment” in Research in Drama Education, 22.1. (2017) [*peer-reviewed]

Conference Reviews
Broekman, K. “In Place of War, Goma, The Congo Review” in Research in Drama Education, 17.2. (2012).

Book Reviews
Broekman, K. “Review Applied Theatre Reader” in New Theatre Quarterly, 25.1. (2009).

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