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Sonja Kuftinec

612/626-9238
Theatre Arts and Dance 550E Rarig Center 330 21st Avenue South

Specialties

  • performance and social change
  • community-based theater
  • theatrical facilitation: Middle East, Balkans
  • 19th and 20th century American theatre
  • history and literature
  • women in theatre
  • performance studies
  • Balkan theater
  • Cornerstone Theater

Educational Background

  • PhD: Directing, History, Criticism, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1996.
  • BA: Theater, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1988.

Publications

  • Theatre, Facilitation, and Nation Formation in the Balkans and Middle East. Kuftinec, Sonja, Palgrave Macmillan, Author, 2009.
  • Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater. Kuftinec, Sonja, Southern Illinois University Press, 2003.
  • Violent Reformations: Image Theater with Youth in Conflict Regions: Kuftinec, Sonja, eds Jisha Menon and Patrick Anderson, Palgrave Macmillan, Violence Performed, 223-43, 2009.
  • “Gay Muslims and Salty Meat Pies: The Limits of Performing Community,“ : Kuftinec, Sonja, eds Avi Oz and Susan Haedicke, Rodopi Press, Political Performances, 2009.
  • [How] Does Activist Performance Work?“ : Kuftinec, Sonja, Community Arts Network, 2008. Link
  • “Prose and Cons: Prison Theater in Ma’asiyahu, Israel,“: Kuftinec, Sonja, Chen Alon, Research in Drama Education , 12:3 275-291, 2007.
  • “Methodologies of Performance Research in the Balkans and Jerusalem/Al Quds“. Kuftinec, Sonja, Assaph, 2007.
  • 'Go Have Your Life!' Self and Community in Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater. Kuftinec, Sonja, Editors James Harding and Cindy Rosenthal, 2003.
  • Bridging Balkan Rapis. Kuftinec, Sonja, Author, 2002. Link
  • Critical Relations in Community-Based Performance: The Artist and Writer in Conversation: Kuftinec, Sonja, Report for Animating Democracy Initiative, , 2002. Link
  • A Cornerstone for Rethinking Community Theater. Kuftinec, Sonja, 1996.

Research Activities

  • Theatre, Facilitation and Nation Formation:Reimagining Theater in the Balkans and Middle East: Book contracted with Palgrave Press, 2005 - 2009
  • Space & Place: research group sponsored by Institute for Global Studies and Institute for Advanced Studies, Sept. 1998 - June 2009
  • The Falls: Critical study of Cornerstone Theater's collaboration with the Guthrie and six neighborhood communities., April 2005 - September 2006
  • Image Theater and the Conflict Transformation: Working with S. Asian, Balkan, and Middle East youth affiliated with Seeds of Peace to facilitate dialogue through theater, research leave through Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, February 2004 - August 2004
  • Arts and Reconciliation in Israel/Palestine: scholarly symposium with visitors from Middle East accompanied by original production developed with University of Minnesota students and installations guided by Art Professor Diane Katsiaficas, Sept. 2002 - February 2003
  • Critical Arts Literacy: Network of K-12 teachers, teaching artists, and theater students investigating arts and education, November 2005 - ongoing
  • Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed: coordinating national conference, June 2006 - June 2007
  • Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater: Book exploring relationship between theater, community and American identity with focus on community-based Cornerstone Theater (Honorable mention for 2003 Barnard Hewitt Award), June 2000 - Spring 2003

Creative Activities

  • "We Come From . . . ": original performance with students at BYU, Oct. 29, 2007 - Nov. 2, 2007
  • Excerpts from Long Bridge Over Deep Waters : staged reading, Dec. 1, 2006 - Dec. 5, 2006
  • International Image Theater: workshop, Feb. 2004 - Jun. 2004
  • There is a Field: Original performance exploring the middle east with University students: Sept. 2002 - February 2003
  • Between the Lines: Alleys of Balkan Identity: invited to create original performance developed with youth from seven Balkan countries, performed at the House of World Cultures in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 25, 2001 - Oct. 17, 2001
  • Mesta/Places: invited workshop and original performance in Belgrade, Serbia, August 15, 2000 - August 20, 2000

Professional Activities

  • Co-organizer American Society for Theatre Research Conference, 2009: Nov. 2008 - Nov. 2009
  • Guest Editor Text and Performance Quarterly, Fall 2009: Jun. 2007 - Jun. 2009
  • Chair Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed international conference 2007: Jun. 2006 - Jun. 2007
  • Performance Review Editor Theater Journal: select and edit theater reviews for major academic journal , September 2004 - December 2007
  • Member, Center for Austrian Studies Board, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota: 2003 - 2004
  • Member, Center for Advanced Feminist Studies Advisory Board, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota: 2001 - 2003
  • Member, Performance Studies International
  • Member, Association of Theater in Higher Education
  • Member, American Society of Theatre Research
  • Faculty Writing Consultant: work with writing center to consult with faculty about writing intensive courses , Sept. 2003 - May 2005
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Minnesota: Sept. 2004

Outreach Activities

  • There is a Field: Invited lecture for Hillel Center, January 2003
  • Neighborhood Bridges Board Member: Work with elementary students on developing critical literacy, June 2006 - June 2009
  • Syllabus Workshop Leader, Penumbra Theater: led workshop on creating syllabae for Penumbra Institute teachers, May 2003
  • New Play Respondent, Jungle Theater: respondent to new plays by Native American artists, April 2002
  • Consultant: provided background information on Balkans for cast of Small Tragedy, a play about Bosnia premiering at the Playwright's Center, May 2003
  • Civic Conversations: guest on BAT cable channel, April 2003 - May 2003

Awards

  • Scholar of the College, July 2009 - July 2012
  • Barnard Hewitt Award (honorable mention), 2003
  • Institute for Advanced Study Research grant for project on Sovereignty and Statehood , Jun. 2008 - Jun. 2009
  • Scholarly Events Fund towards Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, Oct. 2008 - June 2009
  • Fulton Lecturer at Brigham Young University, Oct. 2007 - Nov. 2007
  • American Society of Theatre Research award for study in Israel/Palestine, June 2004 - June 2005
  • Seeds of Peace honorarium for facilitation work with Middle East Youth, July 2002
  • Grant in Aid Award for completion of Staging America, May 2001 - March 2002
  • Centennial Teaching Award, Stanford University, 1995
  • Finalist Morse Alumni Undergraduate Education Award, 2006 - 2006

Courses Taught

  • Th 1101V - Honors Section: Introduction to the Theatre
  • Th 1101W - Introduction to the Theatre
  • Th 8115 - 19th Century Theater
  • Th 8116 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century From 1945 to the Present
  • Th 8114 - Medieval and Renaissance Theater
  • Th 5950 - Collaborative Performance
  • Th 5117 - Performance and Social Change
  • TH 5950 - Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama
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