• E-mailUlla.Kallenbach@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 24 52
  • Visitor Address
    HF-bygget, Sydnesplassen 7
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

I am Associate Professor in Theatre Studies at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, where I am heading the Theatre History and Dramaturgy Research Group and am editor-in-chief of the double-blind peer reviewed journal Teatervitenskapelige Studier.

I am also steering committee member of the Centre for Historical Performance Practice (CHiPP), Aarhus University, Denmark, and member of the Editorial Board and book reviews editor of Nordic Theatre Studies.

I hold a MA in Text and Performance (2005, King’s College London/Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) and an MA in Theatre Studies for which I received the University of Copenhagen’s Gold Medal for the dissertation ‘Space and Visuality in the Drama Text’ (2007). In 2014, I completed my Ph.D. thesis entitled ‘The Theatre of Imagining: Imagination in the Mind – Imagination on the Stage’, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018 as the first comprehensive study of the cultural history of imagination in the context of theatre and drama.

Prior to joining the University of Bergen, I was a Carlsberg Foundation research fellow in Comparative Literature at the Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark with the project Imagining Imagination in Philosophy and Drama 1960-. 

I teach and supervise students in a broad range of topics, mainly related to dramaturgy and theatre history.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2020. The ethics of imagining and the dramaturgy of spectatorship. Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance. 41-55.
  • Show author(s) 2019. Towards a Spectatorial Approach to Drama Analysis. Nordic Theatre Studies.
  • Show author(s) 2018. “Beautiful Dream” or “Loathsome Delusion”: Imagination and Ideality in Nineteenth-Century Denmark. European Romantic Review.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Feigning History: the early modern imagination and the theatre. Renæssanceforum. Tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning.
  • Show author(s) 2014. The Disenchantment of the Wonderful - A Doll’s House and the Idealist Imagination. Nordic Theatre Studies.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Værk/fantasi/virkelighed: Salò og det interaktive teater. Kulturo.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2020. Ethical dramaturgies, dramaturgies of spectatorship.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Preface. Renæssanceforum. Tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Introduction: Mapping Theatre. Nordic Theatre Studies. 5-8.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Introduction: Theatre and Technology. Nordic Theatre Studies. 7-7.
Book review
  • Show author(s) 2017. Min arm - min forestilling: Gæstespil af Team Teatret på Edison. Peripeti.
  • Show author(s) 2017. "I am in blood step’d in so far…” Macbeth, Teatersalen Odeon, Odense Teater. Peripeti.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) 2021. Det historiske blik. Aarhus Universitetsforlag.
  • Show author(s) 2016. stage / page / play – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theatre and Theatricality. Multivers.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Djævelens billede - maskens magt - fra karneval til Dario Fo. Multivers.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) 2018. The Theatre of Imagining: A Cultural History of Imagination in the Mind and on the Stage.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) 2017. Tilfældighedernes spil. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Hvem er Hamlet. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Forestillinger om fantasi. Carlsbergfondet Årsskrift.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Kongen og Narren i King Lear. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Dømt til undergang: om den tragiske karakter. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Historien om historien på teatret. Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Meningsløs vold? Teater 1.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Fantasi i frit spil. Teater 1.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) 2014. The Theatre of Imagining: Imagination in the mind – imagination on the stage.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) 2021. Forord.
  • Show author(s) 2021. Demaskeringen af idealismen – om historicitet og dramaturgi i Et Dukkehjem.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Introduction.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Imagination at play.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Fantasiens teaterhistorie.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Imagining Absence: Performance in the Text.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Macbeth - The Catastrophe of Regicide and the Crisis of Imagination.
Encyclopedia article
  • Show author(s) 2020. Læsedrama. . In:
    • Show author(s) 2020. Litteraturleksikon.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Freytags pyramide. . In:
    • Show author(s) 2020. Litteraturleksikon.
Introduction, musical or theatrical programme
  • Show author(s) 2008. ’Hvem er Lorca?’, ’Tidsliste’, ’Historien bag Blodbryllup’, ’Det sanselige og det surreelle’, ’La Baracca’.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Hvem er Lorca?
  • Show author(s) 2021. Fantasiens flow og kreativitetens kaos: om styring og ustyrlighed i en teaterproces. 221-236. In:
    • Show author(s) 2021. Leg & Litteratur. Syddansk Universitetsforlag.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

In 2020-21, I am participating in the pilot project Danish theater archives in the digital era in research and teaching under DeiC (Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation) and Royal Danish Library’s Cultural Heritage Cluster. Our case studies will include Ludvig Holberg’s comedies, theatre reviews from mediestream.dk and visual image analysis of pictures from the Royal Danish Library’s collection.