Kayhan Irani is an Emmy award winning writer, a popular educator, and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer. She designs and directs socially engaged arts projects for community based organizations, government agencies, and international NGOs. She facilitates workshops and trainings in popular education methods, Theater of the Oppressed, and story-based strategies for educators, organizers, and change-makers of all kinds.

In 2010 Kayhan won a New York Emmy award for best writing for “We Are New York” a 9-episode broadcast TV drama created with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Adult Education used as an English language and civic engagement tool for immigrant New Yorkers. She created a linked, community-based conversation initiative that brought thousands of immigrants, throughout the five boroughs, together to practice English in volunteer-led conversation groups.

Kayhan’s 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 work has been written about in such publications as The New York Times, Colorlines Magazine, the N.Y. Daily News and The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

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 a 2012-2013 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher in India and is a board member of freeDimensional, an organization helping artists around the world who are targeted because of their art.


2 Responses to “Bio”

  1. sujatha raman November 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    Hi Kayhan
    Its been awhile!! so glad to have found your blog especially as I now work in Queens for a community development organization, Chhaya CDC. When you get back from Kabul, (wow, Kabul!!) I would love to get together. I think there is a real synergy and I have some ideas I would like to share with you on your and our work. Be safe and hope to see you soon.


    Sujatha Raman


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