Dr. Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta

Dr. Kirsten Sadeghi-Yekta
Associate Professor
Office: Phoenix Building Rm 108

BA (Honours) Utrecht University The Netherlands, MA Utrecht University The Netherlands, PhD The University of Manchester United Kingdom

Area of expertise

Applied Theatre: language revitalization and theatre, aesthetics of theatre, ethics of theatre, community projects, devising for performance


Areas of Research & Creative Activity  
Indigenous theatre and language revitalization, theatre in war and (post)-conflict zones, theatre in developing settings,  and more specifically the meaning 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 394: Directed Studies in Applied Theatre: Indigenous Performance and Language Revitalization
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.

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, with children in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, young people in Brazilian favelas, young woman in rural areas of Cambodia, adolescents in Nicaragua, and students with special needs in schools in The Netherlands. Currently, she is working on her SSHRC Partnership Development Grant and Insight Development Grant on Coast Salish language revitalization through theatre.

Her research has been supported by different scholarships, including SSHRC’s Partnership Development Grant; SSHRC’s Insight Development Grant; and the Prince Bernhard Scholarship for excellent research capacities, which is administered under the auspices of His Royal Highness Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parma.

Selected Professional Achievements


  • SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant, Principal Investigator, Staging Indigenous Languages at the Snuneymuxwqun Centre 2022-2023
  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Principal Investigator, Championing Indigenous Languages through Theatre 2022-2025
  • SSHRC Connection Grant, Principal Investigator, Language Heroes on Stage, an Indigenous Theatre Festival  2020-2022
  • 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

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Sadeghi-Yekta, Kirsten and Prendergast, Monica Applied Theatre: Ethics, London: Bloomsbury Methuen (2022)

Sadeghi-Yekta, Kirsten and Vibert, Elizabeth “Ch. 8: Power in place: Dilemmas in leading field schools to the Global South,” in Out there learning: Critical reflections on off-campus study programs, Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2019) pp. 153-173. [Peer-reviewed]

Sadeghi-Yekta, Kirsten, Hallewas, Anita and Afolabi, Taiwo “Shifting identities on new territories: creating theatre with and by immigrants,” in Performing Canadian Frontiers: Theatre and (Im)Migration. New Essays on Canadian Theatre ed. Yana Meerzon, Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press (2019) [Peer-reviewed]

Sadeghi-Yekta, Kirsten “Ch. 5: Competing international players and their aesthetic imperatives,” in Applied Theatre: Aesthetics ed. Gareth White, London: Bloomsbury Methuen. [Peer-reviewed]


Sadeghi-Yekta, K. “Drama as a methodology for Coast Salish language revitalizationin Canadian Theatre Review 181, (2020) [Peer-reviewed]

Sadeghi-Yekta, K. “Hul’q’umi’num’ language heroes: a successful collaboration between Elders, community organizations, and Canadian West Coast universitiesin Research in Drama Education, 24.3 (2019) [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: enthusiasm, commitment and need” in Research in Drama Education, 22.1. (2017) [Peer-reviewed]

TEDx Victoria

Indigenous Festival 2022