Zoya Sardashti

Founder, Artistic Director, & Performance Facilitator.

A Brief Biography

Born in Denver, Colorado to an Iranian father and American mother, Zoya spent most of their childhood in the southern part of the United States. In school, raising a hand to declare the family name, Sardashti, evoked an invisible mark of displacement. However, participating in theatre offered community. A person’s ability to create movement and play with words held more significance than the origin of a name.

Zoya Sardashti is a performance researcher, socially engaged artist and cultural mediator. Across the last 12 years, Zoya has engaged communities in Seoul, London, Los Angeles, Glorenza, Venice, Florence, Bolzano, Milan, and San Diego. They have a MA in Performance & Creative Research from the University of Roehampton and MS in Conflict Management & Resolution from the University of San Diego. This year they are completing a doctoral dissertation entitled, Formulations of Assembly: A Practice-Based Approach to Performing Nonviolence under the supervision of Dr. Judith Butler at the European Graduate School.


Curator, Research Consultant, & Performance Facilitator, Carolina Truzzi

Choreographer, Margherita Landi 

Illustrator, Ladan Tofighi

Sound Producer & Videographer, DJ Shirman

Costume Designer & Consultant, Kristina Foley

Performer, Farnoush Nik

DJ/Live Performing Artist, DJ Sard

Interactive  Technology Artist, Nix 

Movement Consultant, Susan Pfeffer

Technical Director, Silvio Palladino

The first event was hosted by Zoya Sardashti, Aaron Pellot, and Mari Thiersch with support from the Graduate and Peace & Justice Student Associations at the University of San Diego. The event took place on Zoom Saturday May, 8 2021.