Stefka Mihaylovais Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Performance Theory. She is currently completing her book manuscript, “Viewers in Distress: Race, Gender, and Radical Performance at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century.” The manuscript argues that in the mid-1990s new radical performance began emerging in the US and Britain, challenging our understanding of radicalism inherited from the 1960s and 1970s, and explores the historical factors that influenced this shift. She is the coeditor of Uncle Tom’s Cabins: The Transnational History of America’s Most Mutable Book (2018). Her research has appeared inTheatre Survey, NTQ, and book collections. She has worked as a production and literary dramaturge.
- Stefka Mihaylova, "Liveness Redux: Radical Performance, Television, and the Truthfulness of Illusion in Bloody Mess by Forced Entertainment," Contemporary Theatre Review 30.3 (2020): 340-356.
- “Raising Proper Citizens: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Sentimental Education of Bulgarian Children during the Soviet Era.” In Uncle Tom’s Cabins: The Transnational History of America’s Most Mutable Book, edited by Tracy C. Davis and Stefka Mihaylova. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2018. 314-42
- Tracy C. Davis and Stefka Mihaylova, eds. Uncle Tom's Cabins: The Transnational History of America's Most Mutable Book. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2018.
- “The Radical Formalism of Suzan-Lori Parks and Sarah Kane,” Theatre Survey 56.2 (May 2015): 213-31
- Stefka Mihaylova. Review of Reading Modern Drama. Theatre Journal, 2013.
- Stefka Mihaylova. Review of Endgame, by Samuel Beckett, directed by Frank Gallati, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago. Journal of Beckett Studies, 2011.
- Stefka Mihaylova. “Whose Performance Is It, Anyway? Performed Criticism as a Feminist Strategy.” New Theatre Quarterly, 2009.
- Stefka Mihaylova. Review of Theatre of Estrangement: Theatre, Practice, Ideology, by Silvija Jestrovic. Contemporary Theatre Review, 2008.
- Stefka Mihaylova. “Reading Corneille with Brecht: The Comedy of Illusion and the Illusions of Citizenship.” The Theatre of Tony Kushner: New Essays on the Art and Politics of the Plays. Ed. by James Fisher, 2006.
- Viewers in Distress: Race, Gender, and Avant-Garde Performance at the Turn of the 21stCentury
- “Forest, Orchards, and Fallow Fields: Chekhov’s Moral Philosophy,” invited talk, Chekhov in the 21stCentury: A Symposium, Theatre Department, Lewis and Clark College, June 28, 2018
- “British Sikh Flaneurs: How the Failure of Multiculturalism Produces a Contemporary Avant-Garde,” plenary, ASTR, Portland, 2015.
- “Forced Entertainment’s Live Simulacrum: Automata, Liveness, and the Human Actor’s Virtuosity,” plenary, ASTR, Baltimore, 2014
- "The Behzti Riot: Revising the Narrative of Post-Wold War II Radical Theatre in Biew of Non-Leftist Performance," Mid-America Theatre Conference 2014, History Symposium #13.
- “Casting Stare-able Bodies: Mabou Mines’ Dollhouse,” American Society for Theatre Research, Atlanta, 2017
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Kristin Seifert. "Brecht between Mediums: Reevaluating Epic Theory in Theatre and Film." Diss. U of Washington
- Bahar Karlidag: "Workers' Theatre Movement conventions as shaping/informing conditions in the theatrical collaboration of Joan Littlewood and Ewan MacColl and beyond: in Littlewood's success". Dissertation, University of Washington, 2017.
- Weiyu Li -The Black is the New Red: Performances of Racial Blackness in the Maoist China
- BA Jarrett Johnson and faculty members Odai Johnson and Stefka Mihaylova featured in Seattle Times piece about young theatre artists in the pandemic - February 25, 2021
- Performance Studies Research Group Lecture - January 19, 2016
- Performance Studies Research Group Fosters Cross-disciplinary Conversations - May 7, 2015
- UW Rocks ASTR - January 14, 2014
- Coffee and Concepts: Savage Conversations - January 24, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Online - Coffee and Concepts: Is Euripides Dead? - January 15, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Online - Coffee and Concepts: Representing Actors/Defining Acting - November 20, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Coffee and Concepts: Theatre and Peace - January 31, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Coffee and Concepts: Avant-Garde Geographies - November 22, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Coffee and Concepts: The Face of God - October 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Coffee and Concepts: Truth, Storytelling, and the Ethics of Dramatic Editing - April 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Coffee and Concepts: Words and Images - April 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Panel Discussion: The Life and Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes - December 2, 2018 - 3:30pm
- Coffee and Concepts: Stefka Mihaylova - November 9, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Coffee + Concepts: Adair Rounthwaite - November 2, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Coffee and Concepts: Ellwood Wiggins - October 26, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Coffee and Concepts: Ralina Joseph - October 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Coffee & Concepts: Tony Lucero - October 12, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- LOBBY TALK - The World Turned Upside Down: Perestroika as Metaphor - April 29, 2018 - 1:00pm
- Why This Play Now? - May 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
- Performing Arts Lectures: The Arts and Humanities in the STEM-Focused Academy - October 25, 2016 - 7:30pm
- Henry Bial: Jesus Christ, Broadway Star - May 20, 2016 - 4:00pm
- “A Racist Love Note: Stereotypes and Caricatures in early 20th Century Valentine’s Day Cards.” - January 22, 2016 - 5:00pm
- Theatre and Non-leftist Radicalism - October 1, 2013 - 7:30pm