Department of English

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya


Dr. Kanchuka Nayani Dharmasiri

BA (Hons) in English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2002)
MA in Comparative Literature, university of Massachusetts, USA (2008)
PhD in Comparative Literature, university of Massachusetts,, USA (2014)

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Kanchuka Dharmasiri is currently teaching in the Department of English, University of Peradeniya. She is a theatre director and translator.

Educational Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2002)
  • MA in Comparative Literature, university of Massachusetts, USA (2008)
  • PhD in Comparative Literature, university of Massachusetts,, USA (2014)

Appointments (Selected)

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2017-present
  • Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts,University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka, 2013-2017
  • Teaching Assistant and Teaching Associate, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2004-2012
  • French Instructor, Alliance Française of Kandy, 1998-2002

Research Interests

English Literature, Postcolonial theory and fiction, Modern Sri Lankan Theater, Political street theatre and alternative theatre, Feminism and early Buddhist women’s writing, Translation theory ,

Research Publications

  • “Voices from the Therīgāthā: Framing Western Feminisms in Sinhala Translation.” Translating Women: Different Voices and New Horizons.Eds. Luise von Flotow&FarzanehFarahzad.Routledge: New York, U.S.A., 2017
  • “Modern Theatre in Sri Lanka.”Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre.Ed. SiyuanLiu.Routledge: New York, U.S.A., 2016
  • “From Narratives of Nations to Bloody Streets: Contemporary Sinhala and Tamil Theatre in Sri Lanka.” Mapping South Asia through Performance.Ed. AshisSengupta.Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire, U.K, 2015
  • “Brecht in the Streets of Sri Lanka.”Translations.FondazioneUniversitaria San Pellegrino, Italy, 2014
  • Streets Ahead with Haththotuwegama: A Collection of Articles by and about GaminiHaththotuwegama. Ed. KanchukaDharmasiri.Assistanteditors.LohanGunaweera& Nicole Calandra.Ravaya Publications: Maharagama, Sri Lanka, 2012
  • “Translation and the Emergence of a Modern Sinhala Theatre in a Postcolonial Context.”The Mercurian: A Theatre Translation Review. Vol 2. No 4, University of North Carolina, U.S.A., 2010 http://drama.unc.edu/academic/mercurian/themercurianvol2number4.pdf
  • “Taking to the Streets: Intersections of Space, Audience, and Power in the Wayside and Open Theatre” Nethra Review. Vol 11. No 1. International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2010 http://www.ices.lk/publications/nethra_featured4.shtml
  • “Space, Audience and Power in Wayside and Open Theatre Performances.” Tales About Hatha: GaminiHaththotuwegama Felicitation Volume. Ed. AthulaSamarakoon&SudeshMantilleke. Arts Council, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2010


  • “Childrn - Lost - Names.” (Sinhala to English. Co-translator. Harley Erdman). “Nam-Nethiwu-Lamai” by KumariKumaragamage. City5. City Press, Karachi, 2017
  • ThattaGaayikaawa (French to Sinhala. La Cantatrice Chauve. Eugene Ionesco. Co-translator. Lohan Gunaweera). Star Plus Publishers, Baththaramulla, 2017
  • Agni Opera.(Sinhala to English) Opera Vinisa, Eric Illayapparachchi. S. Godage: Colombo, 2012

Memberships and Awards

  • Graduate School Travel Grant, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2011
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dissertation Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010
  • American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies Dissertation Planning Grant, 2009
  • Leigh Smith Memorial Prize for English, 2002
  • E.F.C. Ludowyk Memorial Prize, 2002
  • Alliance Française Scholarship, 2002
  • Leigh Smith Memorial Prize for English, 1999
  • Pettah Library Prize for English, 1999
  • M.F.Khan Prize for the Greatest Competence at the General Arts Qualifying Examination, 1999

THEATER: Directing

  • Thatta Gaayikawa, a Sinhala adaptation of Eugène Ionesco’s La Cantatrice Chauve, Sri Lanka, 2002-2016
  • Subha, a devised theatrical creation based on Rabindranath Tagore’s short story, “Subha.” Performed at E.O.E.Pereira Theatre, Santinikethan, Kolkata, 2014-2015
  • 365 Plays/365 Days by Susan Lori Parks. New WORLD Theater, RookeTheater, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, 2007
  • The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, E.O.E. Pereira Theater, Peradeniya, 2002
  • Le Petit Prince/ PunchiKumaraya, a trilingual production of an adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’sLe Petit Prince, Alliance Française of Kandy, 2001
  • Deyyo, a translation of Woody Allen’s God, E.O.E. Pereira Theater and Sarachchandra Open Air Theater, Peradeniya, 2001