Christiana Molldrem Harkulich

Christiana HarkulichVisiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

212 Center for Performing Arts (513) 529-0757

Christiana Molldrem Harkulich holds a PhD and MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in Theatre and American Studies from Wellesley College.

Christiana is a scholar/practitioner who works as a director, dramaturg, producer, and lighting designer. 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. She has worked as a dramaturg with America-In-Play in New York and served as 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.

Her research specializations include performances of and by Indigenous people in North America, drag and gender performance, nineteenth-century performance culture, professional wrestling, and the Spanish golden age.  Her dissertation, titled "Standing Between Reservation and Nation: Indigenous performance in North America After the End of the Indian Wars", received the American Theatre and Drama Society's Graduate Research Award in 2015, the 2016 American Society for Theatre Research Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Fellowship, and the Pre-doctoral Mellon Fellowship. 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 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Her work has been published at, and in the edited collection Wrestling with Identity: Nation, Race, and Culture in Professional Wrestling  (McFarland Publishing).

Christiana is a member of the American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and American Theatre and Drama Society.

At Miami, Christiana teaches courses in theatre histories and theory, dramaturgy, and theatre appreciation. She also mentors student dramaturgs in the production season.