There is a Portal: Kayhan Irani

NOV 29, 2018 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM

Photograph by Jorge Vismara.



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1200: James Art Gallery


November 29, 2018: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM




The James Gallery



Join us in the James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY for There is a Portal, Kayhan Irani’s latest multimedia performance project which uses storytelling, humor and participatory theater to create spaces for healing and authentic dialogue. Sharing memories of the Iranian revolution and family tales of migration she offers a glimpse into personal and political cycles of displacement, violence, and finding home. She also invites the audience to tell their own stories, both during the performance and in structured post-show storytelling. Audience members weave a web of interconnected stories and histories to unearth the power and resilience of our human ties and claim a space of belonging. There is a Portal is a vehicle for authentic connection and community building.

Click here or below to watch the short trailer for the one-woman show.

Storyteller, performer, cultural activist, and grassroots educator Kayhan Irani creates socially engaged art that uses the tools of participatory theater and popular education for critical analysis, healing and community building.  Irani is a 2016 Obama White House Champion of Change, recognized for her art and storytelling work. Irani is also an Emmy Award winning writer.  She won a New York Emmy award for writing We Are New York a 9-episode broadcast TV drama used as a civic engagement tool for immigrant New Yorkers. Her previous one-woman show, We've Come Undone toured nationally and internationally, telling stories of Arab, South Asian and Muslim-American women in the wake of 9/11. She has trained hundreds of groups in Theater of the Oppressed and participatory storytelling tools over the years, both nationally and overseas, in Afghanistan, India, and Iraq. Her newest one-woman show, There is a Portal is a continuation of Irani’s artistic work which centers immigrant stories to advance an inclusive American narrative and activate audiences.

Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Group at the Graduate Center, CUNY.