Dr. Harkulich will be serving as a generalist in the department, teaching some of our General Education courses and helping with our November production.
Dr. Christiana Molldrem Harkulich is excited to join the faculty at EIU! She is a scholarpractitioner, and her research examines the intersections of gender, border theory, and indigeneity and the ways in which performance can become a decolonial act. Her current manuscript project, titled Performing Past and Present: Representational Politics and Indigenous Women Performers 1890-1940, examines the political implications of performances by Indigenous women on the early 20th-century stage. She has been published in Contemporaneity, U.S. History Scene, and in the collection Identity in Professional Wrestling. She recently co-edited a special section of Theatre History Studies on Hemispheric Historiography that will be out this year. She has presented work at the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, The Mid-America Theatre Conference, and The British Library. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and previously taught at Miami University of Ohio.
Dr. Harkulich is also a producer, director, and dramaturg. At Miami she co-ordinated the dramaturgy program and ran the Independent Artist Series. She is fond of new work. Prior to her graduate study, she founded To The Wall Productions, a critically acclaimed theatre company in Philadelphia. More recently she has produced and directed the new work Deceptive Cadence, a multi-media documentary performance piece about the lives and music of Russian composers under Stalin. Her practice includes training in LeCoq physical theatre, Shakespearean Acting, and Alexander Technique.