Sasha Kovacs

Sasha Kovacs is an Assistant Professor of Theatre History in the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria. Kovacs’ research focuses on Canadian theatre historiography, with a specific interest, to date, in the construction of the performance history of late Mohawk (Kanien’kehá:ka) Six Nations woman E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake). Her most recent essay related to Johnson, published in Playwrights Canada Presses collection Canadian Performance History and Historiographies (2017; Edited by Heather Davis-Fisch), was awarded the 2018 Canadian Association for Theatre Research Richard Plant Award for the best English-language article on a Canadian theatre or performance topic. Kovacs’ research work has also been published in Performance Research, Shakespeare International Yearbook, Canadian Theatre Review (where she also edited the issue “Performance and Human Rights in the Americas” with Jimena Ortuzar and Natalie Alvarez), and the collection Space and Place: Cultural Mapping and the Digital Sphere. She is a co-Investigator on the SSHRC Partnership project titled “Gatherings: Archival and Oral Histories of Canadian Performance,” a co-organizer of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research Performance History Working Group, a Board member for the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, and a participant in the Jackman Humanities “Deep Time” working group.  Alongside her research and teaching work, Kovacs sustains a commitment to arts practice.  She develops her own theatre projects with the international and interdisciplinary performance collective Ars Mechanica, and fosters an engagement in community arts drawing on her previous experience working as a program director for Scarborough Arts, a Toronto Local Arts Service Organization. When Kovacs is not researching, making, or writing about performance she is exploring the areas around her new home, in Victoria, BC, with her new daughter, Greta, her husband, Laird, and their extended family that now lives on the West Coast.