On the Couch with Sapidah Kian

Sapidah-Kian-photo-by-Amanda-MacriWho is Sapidah Kian?
Sapidah Kian is a slashie! An Azeri-Iranian Australian actor/director/theatre-maker/dramaturg/educator living in Naarm.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I would still be working in the arts, possibly as a poet (my first childhood aspiration).

Who inspires you and why?
Anyone who can keep up with the plethora of emails that inundate our inboxes every day!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Continue to advocate for the visibility of marginilised peoples, particularly in leadership roles in the arts.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Anywhere my partner and I could travel to right now! I love to travel and have really felt the impact of restrictions. I just came back from a regional tour and after last year, that felt extraordinary.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Any of the great places to eat in Naarm. We have a strong and diverse food culture here which I think is pretty unique. I’m quite adventurous with food and enjoy trying new things with friends and family. Food is very connected to community for me.

What are you currently reading?
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright.

What are you currently listening to?
Stop Everything on Radio National and Still Processing with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham.

Happiness is?
A hot bath, a holiday in nature, and a massage – preferably all three at once.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m about to perform with Casey Filips in a new play called HYDRA with Double Water Sign (written by Rachel Perks and directed by Bridget Balodis) at Northcote Town Hall. I’m also directing a show with the amazing Sub30 Collective from Western Edge Youth Arts which opens in October at Malthouse Theatre.

Sapidah can be seen in HYDRA with Double Water Sign by Rachel Perks at the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre: 30 July – 3 August** 2021. For more information, visit: www.darebinarts.com.au for details.

Image: Sapidah Kian – photo by Amanda Macri

Note: ** performance dates have changed due to Covid-19 lockdown