1986: MA in Acting, NATFA;
1986–1988: Actress, Veliko Turnovo Musical & Drama Theatre;
1992: MA in Theatre Studies, Leningrad State Institute for Theatre, Music and Cinema, Saint Petersburg, Russia;
1992: PhD, Leningrad State Institute for Theatre, Music and Cinema, Saint Petersburg, Russia;
1993: Research Fellow, IAS;
2006: Assoc. Prof.;
2008 – 2013: Scientific Secretary, IAS;
2013 – 2017: Scientific Secretary in the areas of Cultural-Historical Heritage and National Identity and Man and Society, BAS
2017 – 2021: Scientific Secretary in the areas of Cultural-Historical Heritage and National Identity, BAS
September 2005 – February 2006: Viewing the Theatre Audiences, Mellon Fellowship, NIAS, Wassenaar, Holland;
March – April 1997: Theatre Iconography, NIAS, Wassenaar, Holland;
September – October 1994: Drama as Language, St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, UK.
– За две актьорски съзвездия. Камея, 2004
История на българския театър, vol. IV: Българският театър между двете световни войни на ХХ век. Колектив, ИИИзк, 2011;
– Мелпомена зад желязната завеса. Народен театър: канони и съпротиви. Камея, 2015;
Универсален енциклопедичен речник, vols 1 & 2. ИК Свидас, 1999, 2003;
– Енциклопедия на българския театър. Труд, 2005;
– Fantastic Creatures in Performative Arts. Études balkaniques, 1/2016: 41–62;
– Тенденции болгарского театра 1950–1960-х годов. Сб. Болгарское искусство ХХ века, Москва: ГИИ, 2015: 115–132;
– Communicating Posthuman Bodies in Contemporary Performing Arts. New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression. Crossing Borders, Crossing Genres, John Benjamins B. V., 2014: 271–289;
– Das Theaterplakat als Medium zwischen Theater und Gessellschaft: Die Plakate von Stephan Despodov. Zeitschrift fur Semiotik, Band 20, Heft 3-4, 1998: 317–340.
– Literature and Multimedia at the Turn of the 21st-Century Europe. 2011–2015;
– BAAART 1-3 (Bulgarian Art Archives and Advanced Research Technologies). BNSF. 2006–2016;
– Bulgaria’s Twentieth Century in Arts and Culture. BNSF, 2014–2017.
Assoc. Prof. Joanna Spassova-Dikova has delivered papers at conferences held both at home and in the UK, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Norway, Russia, Serbia, France, the Netherlands, Croatia.
Courses of lectures:
– University of Sofia: Scenic Speech; Theatre: Theory, History, Criticism;
– NBU: Theatre Semiotics and Communication;
University of Amsterdam: European Theories of Acting from Ancient Greece until Present Days, Audience Reception in Theatre;
University of Library Studies and Information Technologies: Theatre Studies and Management; Models and Practices of International Forums of Arts and Culture.
–2015 Icarus Award by the Union of Bulgarian Actors in Theatre Theory and Criticism category for Melpomene behind the Iron Curtain. National Theatre: Canons and Resistances, Sofia, Part 1, Camea, 2015;
– 2014 Nomination for Icarus Award by the Union of Bulgarian Actors in Criticism category for her study Communicating Posthuman Bodies in Contemporary Performing Arts. New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression. Crossing borders, crossing genres, John Benjamins B. V., 2014
– 2011 Icarus Award by the Union of Bulgarian Actors in Criticism category for History of Bulgarian Theatre. Bulgarian Theatre in the Interwar Period. Vol. 4. (co-authored), IAS, 2011.
Research related activities:
Translations of scientific texts and fiction from/into English and Russian.
A member of expert commissions for the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency; national expert for ERIH PLUS, NSD; member of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.