Nazli Akhtari

PhD Candidate



Nazli Akhtari is a third year PhD Candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theater, and Performance Studies at University of Toronto, where she studies in the collaborative program with Knowledge Media Design Institute at the Faculty of Information. She investigates contemporary performance at its intersections with digital media and archive, and Iranian cultural identity and social memory. She has presented her research at HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), ASTR (American Association for Theater Research), and IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research). She is an alumna of the Mellon School for Theatre and Performance Research at Harvard University and PSi Summer School #1.5. Her dissertation explores Iranian transnational digital performance and is generously supported by SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, U of T fellowships, and Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Her performance practice continues to take her to exciting festivals and venues including videofag, Digifest: International Digital Festival in Toronto, Art Neuro at Fremont Abbey Arts Centre in Seattle, Berlin’s 2014 Survival: International Performance Festival in Germany, Russian Hall, Alternative Creation Studios, CBC Studies, Push International Performing Arts Festival, and Club Push in Vancouver.


BFA, Theatre Performance, Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts