Dr Kirsty Sedgman

PhD(Wales), MA(Warw.), BA(Birm.)

  • BS8 1UP


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Personal profile

Research interests

Kirsty is an award-winning scholar specialising in audience research and cultural value.

Her work investigates how people find value in cultural participation. How do they experience and respond to the things they see? How are these pleasures and disappointments made meaningful within their lives? And what can all this tell us about the role of the arts in society, as well as the relationship between cultural institutions, power, identity, and place?

Her 2016 book Locating the Audience (Intellect) was the first to explore how people developed relationships with a new cultural institution at the time of its formation: the then brand-new National Theatre Wales. Her second, The Reasonable Audience, examines behaviour policing in the theatre etiquette campaigns. She has published on subjects ranging from exclusions in immersive and participatory theatre, to the ways online audiences talk about digital representations of live performance, to how Harry Potter fans felt about the Cursed Child stage play. Kirsty is currently working on a three-year British Academy-funded research project investigating community engagements with the Bristol Old Vic theatre through time.

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Research Output

Audiences Behaving Badly – And What We Should Do About It: Dr Kirsty Sedgman's Theatre & Touring Symposium 2019 Lightning Talk

Sedgman, K., 26 Jun 2019, UK Theatre Blog.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle (Specialist Publication)

Challenges of cultural industry knowledge exchange in live performance audience research

Sedgman, K., 21 May 2019, In : Cultural Trends. 28, 2-3, p. 103-117 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    On Rigour in Theatre Audience Research

    Sedgman, K., 20 Dec 2019, In : Contemporary Theatre Review. 29, 4, p. 462-479 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Prizes

    TaPRA Early Career Research Prize 2017

    Sedgman, Kirsty (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    Meaningful Evaluation in the Performing Arts

    Kirsty Sedgman (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Television interview for BBC News Channel

    Kirsty Sedgman (Interviewee)

    Jul 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation

    Migrating Texts

    Kirsty Sedgman (Invited speaker)

    17 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference