Kayhan Irani is an Emmy award winning writer, a performer, and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer.Through theater, storytelling, and art-making, her work creatively addresses real-world issues and builds spaces for interaction, dialogue, and deeper civic engagement.
Kayhan 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 and Iraq. Her work has been supported by the BBC World Service Trust, 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).
Kayhan is currently a Fulbright-Nehru scholar in India.