Dr. Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta
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.