When: October 5th Saturday 2pm – 8pm
Where: Nodutdol Office 53-22 Roosevelt Ave, Second Floor, Woodside, NY 11377
Kayhan Irani is an Emmy award winning writer, a performer and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer. Through writing, performing, and facilitating workshops, her work creatively addresses real-world issues and builds spaces for interaction, dialogue and deeper engagement in democracy and radical social change.
She directs participatory arts projects with government agencies, community based organizations, international NGOs and with the general public. She has led theater for change projects in conflict zones such as Afghanistan for the BBC World Service Trust and US Institute of Peace. She is also a senior trainer at the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory N.Y.; the oldest Theater of the Oppressed training center in North America.
In 2010 Kayhan won a New York Emmy award for best writing for “We Are New York” a 9-episode broadcast TV drama used as an English language and civic engagement tool for immigrant New Yorkers. She also created a volunteer-led English conversation initiative that brought hundreds of immigrants, throughout the five boroughs, together to practice English in supportive settings.
Kayhan’s work has been supported by The Environmental Protection Agency, Bronx Council for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Her published work includes Telling Stories to Change the World: Global Voices on the Power of Narrative to Build Community and Make Social Justice Claims” (Routledge, 2008). She has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Colorlines Magazine and The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
Kayhan is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild. She uses theater to activate audiences and transform society.