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Tufts University
Dept. of Drama and Dance
Jackson 1B
40 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.5971
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Natalya Baldyga
Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Theatre Historiography, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
M.A. Theatre and Drama, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Theatre, Middlebury College


Natalya Baldyga joined the faculty of Tufts University in 2011. Her research situates her in both the past and present day, by combining her interests in eighteenth-century European theatre historiography, cultural identity, and the performing body within the expanding field of digital humanities. She is currently revising her monograph entitled "Embodying Germanity: Hamburg Dramaturgy, Theatrical Performance, and Affective Cultural Identity." Prof. Baldyga is the recipient of a three-year NEH "Scholarly Editions and Translations" grant to support the first complete and annotated translation into English of G.E. Lessing's seminal Hamburg Dramaturgy. The ongoing work on the new English version can be found here. She has recently begun work on a new translation of Carlo Gozzi's eighteenth-century Venetian hit, The King Stag, which will be supported by scholarly and artistic resources available online. Her publications include essays in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Theatre Topics, The Lessing Yearbook, Review: The Journal of Dramaturgy, the edited collection Public Theatres and Theatre Publics, The Wiley Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789, as well as over thirty entries on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century German actors for the Cambridge World Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting.

Prof. Baldyga has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences, which include those of the International Federation for Theatre Research, the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the American Society for Theatre Research, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

As a theatre director, Natalya is drawn to playwrights who use visceral and non-naturalistic language, and to physical theatre that explores the intersections of movement, imagery, and the spoken word. Her first production at Tufts was Charles Mee's bobrauschenbergamerica, which allowed her to collaborate with Daniel McCusker, Head of Dance Performance Activities. Most recently, she directed From Orchids to Octopi by local award-winning playwright Melinda Lopez, a production that provided students with the opportunity to study puppet building and manipulation with master puppeteer Faye Dupras. For the 2016-17 season, she will be directing her new theatrical adaptation of Carlo Gozzi's King Stag. Since moving to Boston, she has worked with Whistler in the Dark Theatre and The Charlestown Working Theatre in her capacity as freelance actor and director.

Prof. Baldyga was designated a Neubauer Faculty Fellow at Tufts University for 2012-2013. In 2009, she received the University Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Florida State University, for excellence in undergraduate teaching. She serves on the Tufts Student Accessibility Services Faculty Advisory Board and on the Phi Beta Kappa Executive Board, and is a member of the Foreign Programs Subcommittee.

Courses Taught

DR 2 Ancient and Medieval Theatre
DR 3 Early Modern Theatre
DR 39 Contemporary American Theatre
DR 94 How do you stage that? Reading and Performing the Non-Naturalistic Text
DR 261 Classical Dramatic Theory and Criticism
DR 294 18th-Century European Drama and Performance