Researcher, Lecturer, Editor & Writer

Hello. I’m Kirsty Sedgman, a researcher and lecturer with a PhD in audience engagement. I study 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 approach their audiences, and how people find value in the things they do and see.

On this site you’ll find details of my research, including publications and conference talks. You can also find out more about me and my teaching profile – or you could check out The Performing Audience Research Network, a resource for audience researchers, which I run in collaboration with other scholars. I’m also a pretty good copy-editor, so if you need something proofed – or, failing that, if you just want to chat – then please get in touch.