Michal A Kobialka

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Theatre Arts and Dance
520C Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

Curriculum Vitae


  • Eastern European theater
  • literature
  • theater historiography
  • theatre history
  • medieval theatre
  • avant-garde theatre and drama
Courses Taught
  • Th 1101V - Honors Section: Introduction to the Theatre
  • Th 1101W - Introduction to the Theatre
  • Th 3171 - History of the Theatre: Ancient Greece through Neo-Classicism
  • Th 3172 - History of the Theatre: Age of Enlightenment to Present
  • Th 8115 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: 20th Century Through World War II
  • Th 8113 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: The Rise of National Theatres
  • Th 8111 - History and Theory of Western Theatre: Ancient/Medieval
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • "Theatre Historiography: A Challenge to the Archive": American Society for Theatre Research, Philadelphia, PA , 2002
  • Member: Winton Chair Selection Committee , 1999 - 2001
  • "Can there be Such a Thing as a Postmodern Archive": The New Information Order and the Future of the Archive, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh, UK , 2002
  • Member: McKnight Artist Fellowship for Theatre Arts Panel , 1997 - 1998
  • Member: West Bank Arts Quarter Advisory Committee
  • Member: Humanities Institute Advisory Board, University of Minnesota , 1998 - present
  • Member: Committee on Publications, University of Minnesota Press , 1998 - 2001
  • Head: MA/Ph.D. Program, University of Minnesota
  • Member of the committee for the Research Award for Outstanding Book in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy: Association for Theatre in Higher Education , 2001 - 2003
  • Executive Board Member: American Society for Theatre Research , 1998 - 2001
  • Editorial Board: Theatre Survey , 2001 - 2004
  • Chair: Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Minnesota
  • “Everyday Histories“: CIVICCentre CONFERENCE: RECLAIMING THE RIGHT TO PERFORMANCE, London , April 2003
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism
  • “Image and Body: Historiography of Late XVIIIth-century English Representational Practices“: Presentation, Newport Beach, CA , October
  • Lectureship: A series on lectures on the theatre of Tadeusz Kantor: DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA, STANFORD UNIVERSITY , January 2004
  • Lectureship: “Why Historiography?“: Mainz, Germany , July
  • “The Future of the Profession“: Presentation, State of the Profession Panel, Durham, NC , November
  • Lectureship: “Theatre Historiography: Self-Examination in the Time of the Now“: GRADUATE SCHOOL OF CUNY , New York, NY, Novemb
  • Guest Lectureship: “Theatre Historiography: Ethics and the State of Exception“: IPP PERFROAMNCE AND MEDIA STUDIES SUMEMR SCHOOL 2005 , Mainz, German, July
  • A series on lectures on the theatre of Tadeusz Kantor: TEATRO FíBRICA SíƒO PAULO , São Paulo, Brazil,
  • A three-week long Eminent Hoffman Scholar Chair seminar on theatre historiography and postmodern critique: FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY , Tallahassee, FL, Jan
  • Guest Lectureship: “Further on, Nothing: Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre“: UNIVRSIDAD DE GRANADA Granada, Spain, October, 2008
  • A day-long symposium & guest lectureship (with Ludmila Ryba): “Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre“: HUIS AAN DE WERFT Utrecht, The Netherlands, January 2009
  • “International Conference: The Art and Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor“ (panel participant with David Gothard, Ludmila Ryba, and Richard Schechner): POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE and THE MARTIN E. SEGAL THEATRE CENTER CUNY, New York, January 2009
  • Guest Lectureship: “Representational Practices and Real Abstractions in Eighteenth-Century London“: BROWN UNIVERSITY , February 2009


  • Theatre Historiography: The Archive and the Performance Culture“”a book-length study of the Enlightenment and its representational practices. This project interweaves new approaches to archival research to show how a new mode of thinking about the archive may make us rethink the function of theatre in England during the times of the emergent capitalism in the eighteenth-century.: 2008
  • Historical Archives, Events and Facts: History Writing as Fragmentary Performance: Kobialka, Michal, Performance Research, 7(4) , 2002.
  • Can there be Such a Thing as a Postmodern Archive: Kobialka, Michal, The New Information Order and the Future of the Archive, 2002.
  • Tadeusz Kantor's Happenings: Reality, Mediality, and History: Kobialka, Michal, Theatre Survey, 2002.
  • Theatre and Tragedy: Kobialka, Michal, Theatre Journal, 2002.
  • Words and Bodies: A Discourse on Male Sexuality in Late XVIIIth-century London: Kobialka, Michal, Theatre Research International, 2002.
  • This is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages. Kobialka, Michal, University of Michigan Press, 1999.
  • A Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifestos, 1944-1990. Kobialka, Michal, The University of California Press, 1993.
  • “Words and Bodies: A Discourse on Male Sexuality in Late XVIIIth-century: Kobialka, Michal, Theatre Research International, 28(1) 1-19, none.
  • “Tadeusz Kantor’s Odysseus: Imagined Myths and Chronicled Histories in Le Maschere di Proteo: Kobialka, Michal, ed. Rosalba Gasparo, Edizioni di Nicolo, 175-185, 2003.
  • “Historical Events and Historiography of Tourism“ in Performance: Critical Concepts,. Kobialka, Michal, ed. Philip Ausl &er, Routledge, 2003.
  • “Everyday Histories“. Kobialka, Michal, Performance Research, 9, 4, 2004.
  • “Historiography“. Kobialka, Michal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 18.2, 2004.
  • “Theatre and Space: A Historiographic Preamble“. Kobialka, Michal, Modern Drama, 46.4, Winter 2003/4.
  • “Tadeusz Kantor’s Practice: A Postmodern Notebook“. Kobialka, Michal, Performing Arts Journal, 28, 1, 2006.
  • “Prácticas Representacionais na Idade Média“ in O Teatro e a Cidade: Lií§íµes de História do Teatro. Kobialka, Michal, ed. Sérgio de Carvalho, Sao Paulo, 2006.
  • ““˜Delí­rio da carne: arte e biopolí­tica no espaí§o do agora“’. Kobialka, Michal, eds. Christine Greiner and Claudia Amorim, Saíµ Paulo: Annablume, Author, 2007.
  • “Tadeusz Kantor: Collector and Historian,“ Performance Research, 12, 4 (December 2007): 78-96. Kobialka, Michal, Author.
  • “Theatre Historiography: History and Ethics in the Time of the Now,“ Performing the Matrix: Mediating Cultural Performances,. Kobialka, Michal, eds. Meike Wagner and Wolf-Dieter Ernst, Mí¼nchen: Epodium, Author, 2008.
  • “Delirium of the Flesh: “˜All the Dead Voices’ in the Space of the Now,“. Kobialka, Michal, ed. Maaike Bleeker, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, Author, 2008.
  • “Representational Practices in Eighteenth-Century London: A Prolegomenon to Historiography of the Enlightenment,“. Kobialka, Michal, Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands, 2009, Author.
  • "Theatre Historiography: Politics, Ethics, and the Now": Kobialka, Michal, Modern Language Quarterly, 70:1 (March 2009) 19-42.
  • “Tadeusz Kantor and Hamed Taheri: Of Political Theatre/Performance“: Kobialka, Michal, The Drama Review, T204 (Winter 2009) 78-91.
  • Further on, Nothing: Tadeusz Kantor's Theatre. Kobialka, Michal, University of Minnesota Press, Author, 2009.
  • “There is a World Elsewhere: The Endgame of Theory and Practice”: Kobialka, Michal, Megan Altruz, Julia Listengarten, M. Van Duyn Wood, Palgrave, Playing with Theory in Theatre Practice, 2012.
  • “Representational Practices and Real Abstractions in Early XVIIIth-century London”: Kobialka, Michal, Lara D. Nielsen and Patricia Ybarra, Palgrave, Neoliberalism and Global Theatre: Performance Permutations, 2012.
  • “Epilogue: Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre of Personal Confessions”: Kobialka, Michal, Marta Bryś, Anna Burzyńska and Katarzyna Fazan, Peter Lang, Tadeusz Kantor Today: Metamorphoses of Death, Memory and Presence, 2014.
  • “Of Adorno’s Beckett”: Kobialka, Michal, Will Daddario and Karoline Gritzner , Palgrave, Adorno and Performance, 2014.
  • Theatre/Performance Historiography: Time, Space, Matter. Kobialka, Michal, Rosemarie K Bank and Michal Kobialka, Palgrave, Co-Editor, 2015.
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship
  • ATHE Research Award for Outstanding Book in Theatre Practive and Pedagogy for This is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages, 2000
  • CLA Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 2000
  • Fesler-Lampert Professorship in Humanities, 2003 - 2004
  • 20th Eminent Hoffman Scholar Chair holder at the Florida State University, Fall 2004 - Spring 2005
  • Scholar of the College, CLA, University of Minnesota, 2007 - 2010
  • Belle van Zuylen Chair/Professorship at the University of Utrecht/The Netherlands, Fall 2008 - Spring 2009