Christiana Molldrem Harkulich - Visiting Assistant Professor

christiana molldrem harkulich


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PhD- Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2017

MA- Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2012

BA - Theatre Studies and American Studies, Wellesley College, 2006


Christiana is a fourth year Doctoral Candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation "Standing Between Reservation and Nation: Indigenous performance in North American after the end of the Indian Wars," recently won the American Theatre and Drama Society's Graduate Research Award. Her dissertation focuses on Native American Women's performances in the twentieth century that make visible the border between white and native cultures, and in so doing, alter our understanding of history. Christiana's research specializations include: Performances of and by Indigenous people in North America; Drag and Gender performance; nineteenth century performance culture; and the Spanish Golden Age. She has received grants to fund her research from the Women and Gender Studies Department, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the University of Pittsburgh Theatre Arts Department. 

Christiana is a scholar/practitioner who works as a director, producer, lighting designer and sometimes actor. Recently she conceived and directed a performance installation piece based on the novel The Night Circus, called Kyooreasade at the International Performing Arts Festival at Bunker Projects, and she has plans to turn this into a larger mobile installation. At Pitt she has directed Sabina Berman's The Mustache, and Psycho and Soma as part of the New Play Festival. She served as an assistant director on In The Heights. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Christiana was the co-founder and co-Producing Artistic Director of To The Wall Productions in Philadelphia. Her production of The Rivals: A Drag Comedy for To The Wall made critic Richard B. Strauss's top 10 productions of the year. Last year she taught Contemporary Global Stages on the topic of Global gender performance. She has also taught Introduction to Performance, Introduction to Dramatic Art, and World Theatre I. Christiana is a member of the American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and American Theatre and Drama Society


"Playing Men, Becoming Women:  The Wellesley College Shakespeare Society." Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Orlando, FL. August 2013.

"I Say Left So You Don't Look Right: Guiding Gaze in the Sensually Subversive City." University of Pittsburgh Graduate Expo, March 2013. Presentation Award Winner.

"Destabilizing the Mythic Pocohontas; Bougham's Burlesque in its Cultural Moment." Mid-America Theatre Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2013, and ATDS Works-In-Progress Workshop, University of Pittsburgh, March 2013.

"Undercover: New Approaches to Plays from the Spanish Golden Age through Hidden Histories of Women and Native Americans." Member of working group presenting at the annual conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, Nashville, TN. November 1-4, 2012.

"Dragging Mexico; Astrid Hadad's performance across borders." Paper presented at the Grad Expo at the University of Pittsburgh. March 22, 2012.

"Policy and Pocahontas; "Indian" Plays, Popular Culture and Public Policy from 1808 to 1830." Paper presented at The Draper Conference,
University of Connecticut and American Antiquarian Society. March 24-26, 2011.

"Performing Criollo for Empire: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz's The Divine Narcissus." Paper presented at Graduate Symposium at Purdue
University. March 5, 2011.