Sarah Fahmy, M.A., is a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies, a member of the Child Language Learning Lab in Speech and Language Hearing Sciences, and is pursuing the graduate certificate in Cognitive Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds two Bachelor degrees in Arts Administration and in Theatre, with a minor in Studio Art (Fiber) from the University of Kentucky (2017), and an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from CU Boulder (2019).
Her work is at the intersection of critical race theory, the performativity of postcolonial identities, and art-science interdisciplinary research methods. Her research investigates how theatre may support young Egyptian women author and perform their own decolonial feminist identities. For her doctoral research, she designed and facilitated an original applied theatre program, rooted in Youth Participatory Action Research, decolonial Egyptian theatre and performance practices, and feminist theory. The program was facilitated over 3 consecutive weeks with 50 young women in Aswan, Egypt in 2021, and culminated with a devised performance, attended by national leaders. Her MA Thesis: "Vocal Empowerment for Young Egyptian Women: Increasing Contributions to Sustainable Development” analyzed qualitative and quantitative data collected from her adaptation and facilitation of the SPEAK Vocal Empowerment curriculum with 55 participants in Egypt in 2018. Sarah’s work has been recognized by the Egyptian government, North American MENA Women of Excellence Association, and Women of Egypt. She presented on the value of arts-based education, reflecting on her M.A thesis research at the Ministry of Expatriate Affairs’ “Egypt Can: Education” conference, and is contributing to education reform through performance-based initiatives nationwide.
As a scholar, she is one of the founding members of the Middle Eastern Theatre Focus group at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and author of the CU Boulder Middle Eastern North African Women Playwrights LibGuide, the first digital database of its kind at a university. She was a graduate student representative and is now a Member at-large for the Theatre as Social Change Focus Group as well. Sarah has presented her work at numerous academic conferences, including ATHE, American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Performance Studies International (PSi), Mid-America Theatre Conference, The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU), The International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB). She has published several book reviews, book chapters and has forthcoming journal articles in Theatre Topics, RiDE, and PLOS One.
As an applied theatre practitioner, she has facilitated, designed programs and devised performances with SPEAK
: a Young Women’s Vocal Empowerment nonprofit, since 2017, working across the United States and in Egypt to support young women’s activism and creative climate communication. She co-founded CU EnActs
, to support STEM education via theatre-based workshops, and has facilitated programs for multiple programs including Bioastrophysics, mechanical engineering, statistics graduate seminars, and Engineers without Borders. She also performs with the CU Playback Ensemble
, and applied theatre groups: Performers Without Borders
, Inside the Greenhouse
At CU, Sarah has served as the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government and worked on several university-wide strategic planning committees. She is a founding member and is on the executive board of the Colorado Federation of Graduate Students. In the past she served as the VP of External Affairs, and the VP of Communications both with GPSG. Through these positions Sarah has advocated for students professional, academic and personal well-being at local, state and national levels. She helped secure housing for first year graduate students, bus passes for graduate students on summer appointments, dental and vision insurance for all, reduction of some student fees, and stipend increases.
Sarah is currently the Center for Teaching and Learning Theatre Graduate Instructor lead. She has taught Theatre and Society, Global Theatre 1, American Musical Theatre, and Acting 1. Her Theatre and Society syllabus was the first Department of Theatre and Dance Course to be approved as a College of Arts and Sciences General Education U.S Diversity Course in 2021.
She has also served as the CU Boulder co-coordinator of the 4th Annual New Play Festival Co-Coordinator, the Assistant Production Coordinator for the 2018-19 Department of Theatre season, and the Assistant Director of the World Premiere production of Hecuba: A new translation by Diane Rayor.