Theater History Symposium Respondent

Sonja Arsham Kuftinec

Associate Professor of Theatre

University of Minnesota.

Professor Kuftinec has published widely on community-based theatre including Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater (2003), which received honorable mention for the Barnard Hewitt Award in theatre history.  Since 1995 she has developed collaborative theatre projects with youth in the Balkans and Middle East.  Her co-production Where Does the Postman Go When all the Street Names Change? won an ensemble prize at the 1997 Youth Theatre Festival in Mostar.  She has also worked as a facilitator with Seeds of Peace with youth from the Middle East and Balkans.  In Theatre, Facilitation and Nation Formation in the Balkans and Middle East (Palgrave, 2009) she analyzes, in part, how Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed has been adapted within a conflict context.  Her current research focuses on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Bill Rauch’s artistic leadership.