• E-postulla.kallenbach@uib.no
  • Telefon+47 55 58 24 52
  • Besøksadresse
    Sydnesplassen 7
    5007 Bergen
  • Postadresse
    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.

I am also steering committee member of the Centre for Historical Performance Practice (CHiPP), Aarhus University, Denmark, and President of the Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars.

I am currently heading the international collective research project Artistic Exchanges - The Royal Danish Theatre and Europe (see more under Current Projects).

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, theatre history and historiography.

Vitenskapelig artikkel
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2023). Svend Borberg: Mellemkrigstidens fortrængte dramatiker. Nordica.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2023). Levels of presence in the drama text: Between close and distant reading. Orbis Litterarum.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Svend Borberg: Punktummet, der ikke blev sat. Uopdagede værker fra en dramatiker med europæisk udsyn. Peripeti. 24-39.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Harold Pinter's Old Times and the play of indistinction. Orbis Litterarum.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2020). The ethics of imagining and the dramaturgy of spectatorship. Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance. 41-55.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2019). Towards a Spectatorial Approach to Drama Analysis. Nordic Theatre Studies.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2018). “Beautiful Dream” or “Loathsome Delusion”: Imagination and Ideality in Nineteenth-Century Denmark. European Romantic Review.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2018). Feigning History: the early modern imagination and the theatre. Renæssanceforum. Tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2014). The Disenchantment of the Wonderful - A Doll’s House and the Idealist Imagination. Nordic Theatre Studies.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2010). Værk/fantasi/virkelighed: Salò og det interaktive teater. Kulturo.
Populærvitenskapelig foredrag
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Henrik Ibsens Et Dukkehjem.
Vitenskapelig foredrag
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Travelling through Europe 1788 – A digital mapping of mobility.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Transgressing Borders: Practices of Mobility and Cultural Exchange at The Royal Danish Theatre.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Presentation of the ArtEx Database.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Illusion, ideality and the “theatrical mind” of Johanne Luise Heiberg – between the real and the imaginary in the 19th century.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Hvad er dansk teater?
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). How to perceive perception (and make the invisible visible) in digital drama analysis and what to do when you can’t?
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Holbergs komedier i digital dramaanalyse.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Forskerens bruk av digitale arkiv: digitale udfordringer i teaterforskningen.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Dramaturgy and Imagination.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). Digital challenges and possibilities in theatre research.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Artistic exchanges at the Royal Danish Theatre.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Artistic Exchanges: On the Nordicness and Europeaness of the First Nordic National Theatre.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2020). Ethical dramaturgies, dramaturgies of spectatorship.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2018). Preface. Renæssanceforum. Tidsskrift for renæssanceforskning.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2015). Introduction: Mapping Theatre. Nordic Theatre Studies. 5-8.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2014). Introduction: Theatre and Technology. Nordic Theatre Studies. 7-7.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2017). Min arm - min forestilling: Gæstespil af Team Teatret på Edison. Peripeti.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2017). "I am in blood step’d in so far…” Macbeth, Teatersalen Odeon, Odense Teater. Peripeti.
Vitenskapelig antologi/Konferanseserie
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Det historiske blik. Aarhus Universitetsforlag.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2016). stage / page / play – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Theatre and Theatricality. Multivers.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2016). Djævelens billede - maskens magt - fra karneval til Dario Fo. Multivers.
Vitenskapelig monografi
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2022). En verden af forestillinger. Skuespil & illusion.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2018). The Theatre of Imagining: A Cultural History of Imagination in the Mind and on the Stage.
Populærvitenskapelig artikkel
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2017). Tilfældighedernes spil. Teater 1.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2017). Hvem er Hamlet. Teater 1.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2017). Forestillinger om fantasi. Carlsbergfondet Årsskrift.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2016). Kongen og Narren i King Lear. Teater 1.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2016). Dømt til undergang: om den tragiske karakter. Teater 1.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2015). Historien om historien på teatret. Teater 1.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2014). Meningsløs vold? Teater 1.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2014). Fantasi i frit spil. Teater 1.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2014). The Theatre of Imagining: Imagination in the mind – imagination on the stage.
Vitenskapelig Kapittel/Artikkel/Konferanseartikkel
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Demaskeringen af idealismen – om historicitet og dramaturgi i Et Dukkehjem.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2016). Introduction.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2016). Imagination at play.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2016). Fantasiens teaterhistorie.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2014). Imagining Absence: Performance in the Text.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2012). Macbeth - The Catastrophe of Regicide and the Crisis of Imagination.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2020). Læsedrama. . I:
    • Vis forfatter(e) (2020). Litteraturleksikon.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2020). Freytags pyramide. . I:
    • Vis forfatter(e) (2020). Litteraturleksikon.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Forord.
Innledning i musikal og teaterprogram
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2008). ’Hvem er Lorca?’, ’Tidsliste’, ’Historien bag Blodbryllup’, ’Det sanselige og det surreelle’, ’La Baracca’.
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2008). Hvem er Lorca?
Faglig kapittel
  • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Fantasiens flow og kreativitetens kaos: om styring og ustyrlighed i en teaterproces. 221-236. I:
    • Vis forfatter(e) (2021). Leg & Litteratur. Syddansk Universitetsforlag.

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PI of the international collective research project Artistic Exchanges - The Royal Danish Theatre and Europe. The project explores how the theatre was a “window to the world,” an essential agent for offering the public experiences of foreign cultures and for negotiating cultural identities at a time when international travelling was still rare. Using state of the art digital tools, we are currently developing databases and mappings that will allow us to analyse how artists travelled and how travelling influenced the repertoire and performance practices.

In 2020-21, I have also been 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 exploring Ludvig Holberg’s comedies.