Collegiate Affiliation

What are the limits of performance as a mode of conflict transformation and social change? Over 25 years Professor Kuftinec has been exploring this question through research, teaching and practice.

Professor Kuftinec teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Twin Cities theater, performance and social change, early modern theater and performance, critical literacy, storytelling, and drama.

Her research includes community-based theater, conflict transformation, arts-based pedagogy, and the work of story to counter individual and historical amnesia.

She has published widely in her areas of research including her award-winning "Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater" and "Theatre, Facilitation and Nation Formation in the Balkans and Middle East"

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Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: Directing, History, Criticism, Stanford University, 1996 - none
  • BA: Theater, Dartmouth College, 1988 - none


  • 19th and 20th century American theatre
  • history and literature
  • theatrical facilitation: Middle East, Balkans
  • performance studies
  • performance and social change
  • Balkan theater
  • community-based theater
  • Cornerstone Theater
  • theater in education