Prof. Ph.D.
Kalina Stefanova

Dr. Kalina Stefanova is the author/editor of 13 books on theatre and criticism. Her three English-language books—Who Calls the Shots on the New York Stages? (1994), Eastern European Theatre After the Iron Curtain (2000), and Who Keeps the Score on the London Stages?(2000) – published by Harwood Academic Publishers (acquired later on by Routledge) and launched in New York and London, are reviewed in 15 countries and have been on the indicative reading lists of courses at universities in the UK, USA, Canada, Croatia, etc. Dr. Stefanova’s last theatre book in Bulgarian, Going to the Theatre around the World, offers her personal experience of theatre from over 30 countries. Theatre and Humanism in a World of Violence is another theatre book in English Dr. Stefanova worked on, as a co-editor with Ian Herbert (published in 2009 and launched in Wroclaw, Poland). Two of the Bulgarian-language books by Dr. Stefanova (Going to the Theatre around the World and More Glimpses of the Theatre, More Glimpses of the World) are devoted to the Contemporary World Theatre and cover its main tendencies during two decades (1993 – 2013).

She has publications in 25 languages in 28 countries. She’s also an editor of the first volumes introducing Bulgarian theatre in English after 1989, Contemporary Bulgarian Theatre, published again by Harwood Academic Publishers (1998).

Dr. Stefanova was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at New York University for two years (1990/1992), a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, (1998), at Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan, (2010), Shanghai Theatre Academy (2012 and 2015), Wuhan University (2016). In 1996 she was a recipient of a five-month British Council Fellowship at the City University, London.

Dr. Stefanova has also delivered lectures and lead seminars on theatre and criticism, and on Eastern European and Contemporary World Theatre in South Korea, China (Beijing and other universities in Wuhan), Chile, Canada, Portugal, Malta, Turkey, Croatia, Holland, Poland, Singapore, Russia, South Africa (four other universities), Slovenia.

In 2016 Dr. Stefanova was granted the honor of being appointed Visiting Distinguished Professor of Wuhan University, the oldest university in China, and a Distinguished Researcher of Chinese Arts Criticism Foundation at Wuhan University.

She has delivered papers at numerous international conferences and has served on the juries of many international theatre and arts festivals and events.

Dr. Stefanova served as Vice President of the International Association of Theatre Critics (2001/2006) for two mandates and as its Director Symposia again for two mandates (2006-2010).

Dr. Stefanova is on the editorial board of Theatre Arts magazine, of the Shanghai Theatre Academy, European Stages, the magazine of CUNY, USA, (since 2016), DRamaArt, the magazine of West-Universität Temeswar, Romania, (since 2016) and Artos, the magazine of Umjetni?ka akademija Odsjek za kazališnu umjetnost, Croatia (2015).

Dr. Stefanova has been regularly serving as theatre and literature expert DG for Culture and Education and EACEA in Brussels.

In 2007 Dr. Stefanova served as a dramaturge of the highly acclaimed production of Pentecost by David Edgar, directed by Mladen Kiselov, at the Stratford Festival of Canada.

Dr. Stefanova is a recipient of the Best Critic Award of the Union of Bulgarian Artists (1999) and the Idea for Theatre Award of the Foundation "Idea for Theatre" (1999).

Kalina Stefanova’s first fiction book Ann’s Dwarves (a story for all ages) has been published in Bulgaria (2004), Macedonia and South Korea (2007), Portugal and Spain (2010), Brazil and Japan (2011), China and Vietnam (2012). Her second fiction book The Last Way Out, has been published in Bulgaria (2010) and Brazil (2012).