Sobha Kavanakudiyil

Lecturer, Educational Theatre Program Director

Main Affiliation

School of Education

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Arts Integration
  • Community Outreach
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Drama in Education
  • Teaching Artistry


North Academic Center


5/207 C



Sobha Kavanakudiyil

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Sobha Kavanakudiyil is the Director of the Graduate Program in Educational Theatre and is a founding faculty member.  At City College, Sobha developed outreach programs including the Harlem Children’s Theatre Festival, Arts Integration Residency Program, Family Arts Engagement, and the Creative Play Workshops for the community.  She is an Arts Education Consultant collaborating with organizations such as Harlem Stage, NJ PAC, Tectonic Theater, the Apollo Theater, and the New Victory Theater. In addition, she has been a reviewer for the Brooklyn Arts Council,  Arts Education Policy Review, and New York State Council of the Arts. She completed a five-year tenure as Co-Chair for The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, where she is also a Co-Chair for the Face-to-Face Conference, the largest arts education conference in the NYC area, and continues in the role of Chair Emeritus. She is currently also Co-Chair for the Arts Committee that reports to the NYC DOE Chancellor’s Panel on Educational Policy. 

She earned her M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University, her B.A. in Communications from Fordham University, and is currently a doctoral student in the Higher Education Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.  Her expertise in arts education includes strategic planning, program evaluation, arts integration, devising theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Moment Work.   Sobha has been a participant in the Fulbright Specialist Program, the recipient of a citation from the City of New York given by Councilman Mark Levine, the recipient of a citation from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, a participant accepted into the CCNY Campus Engagement Network, and the Colin Powell Fellowship in Service Learning at City College.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Sobha worked with national and local television news stations including WABC-TV, Fox 5 News, and NBC News, where she assistant field produced Emmy nominated "Living Dangerously,"  a one-hour documentary-style Dateline NBC report. Sobha has also been an Adjunct Instructor for Hudson County Community College, in Jersey City, NJ, where she taught Acting and Speech, New York University's Educational Theatre Program, and the Teaching & Learning Department where she taught Integrating the Arts and Dramatic Activities for K-6 Classroom, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Sobha has also been a presenter at conferences including  NJEA Convention, AATE, Face to Face, NYU Applied Theatre and Pedagogy conferences. 


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Courses Taught

EDCE 4100F Developing Curriculum in Non Traditional Settings

EDCE 7700A Drama in Education

EDCE 6000F Conflict Resolution Through Theatre

EDCE 3700C Fundamentals of Teaching Theatre

EDCE 3600C Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences

EDCE 7400C Teaching Literacy through Drama

EDCE 4400C Arts Integration

EDCE 4000F Arts Integration

EDCE 7203G The Reflective Artist Practice 

EDCE 7900A Devising Theatre

EDCE 7600A Artistic Lab I

EDCE 7601A Artistic Lab II

Student Teaching Supervisor