Kirsty Sedgman

Kirsty Sedgman

Lecturer in Theatre & Audience Research

  • Location: Bristol
  • Career stage: Experienced

Hello. I’m Kirsty Sedgman, a researcher and lecturer in audience engagement. Based in the Department of Theatre at the University of Bristol and currently supported by the British Academy, I write about cultural value and the role of the arts in our lives.

To put it simply, this means exploring what individuals and communities actually get out of participating in culture. From theatre to television, and from poetry to musicals, I evaluate how practitioners seek to engage their audiences, and how people find value in the things they do and see. My work is part of the contemporary drive to understand 'impact'. But instead of reducing audiences to simple statistics, my approach maps people’s engagements with culture in all their complexity.

Work History

Consultant Arts Evaluator - Freelance

Jul 2014 - Present

Lecturer in Theatre - Aberystwyth University

Sep 2009 - Jul 2014

Marketing Manager - The Solar Design Company

Mar 2009 - Jul 2014

Community Warden Coordinator - University of Birmingham

Aug 2005 - Aug 2008


Audience Engagement - PhD - Aberystwyth University

Sep 2009 - Jul 2014

Creative Writing - MA - University of Warwick

Sep 2007 - Sep 2008

Drama & Theatre Arts - BA (First Class Hons.) - University of Birmingham

Sep 2004 - Jul 2007


  • Report Writing
  • Academic Writing
  • Applied Arts
  • Audience
  • Copy-editing
  • Evaluation
  • Poetry
  • Research
  • Theatre