Krisztina Rosner wrote her PhD on the actor’s presence and the performative aspects of silence (2011), and teaches theatre studies at the University of Pecs, Hungary.

In her activity, theory and practice are intertwined: she is a theatre director and has given workshops in Japan, Austria, Malta, Hungary. As a recipient of UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Performing Artists, she worked with Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center (2006-2008), participated in the SITI Company Suzuki/Viewpoints workshop (2008), and took part in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2010).

In 2014, she was a Japan Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Hosei University (Tokyo). Between 2015 and 2017, she was a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences (Tokyo), as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellow. Her JSPS research project focused on reconsidering the performer’s presence, the non-human and neo-human aspects of contemporary Japanese theatre. Since 2017 she teaches comparative cultural studies at the Meiji University School of Global Japanese Studies. She is currently based in Tokyo.

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

 

 

DEGREES:

 

2011 PhD in Theatre and Literature Studies, University of Pécs; thesis: A színészi jelenlét és a csend dramatikus-teátrális játékai (Silence and the Performer’s Presence on Stage)

2002 MA in Aesthetics, Theatre specialization and Pedagogy, University of Pécs; MA thesis: A színészképzés elmélete és gyakorlata a 19. század magyar színésztankönyveiben (Hungarian Actor Training Methods in the 19th century)

1996 graduation drama-theatre specialization (Horváth Mihály High School, Szentes, Hungary)

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

 

2017- present Part-time Lecturer, School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

2015-2017 Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

2011- present Associate Professor, Department of Modern Literatures and Literary Studies, University of Pécs, Hungary

2005-2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Literatures and Literary Studies, University of Pécs, Hungary

2006-2007 Acting and Vocal Skills Coach, Liberal Arts High School, Dance Faculty, Pécs, Hungary

 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

2017 Kinetic Force Method intensive dance workshop by Hiroaki Umeda, Tokyo, Japan - participant

2016 Guyashu wo sagasu kotoba, karada, kokoro, Nabegen Theatre Company, Aomori, Japan

2016 "A Glass Falls Off the Table: Nonhuman Performativity - New Perspectives, Performance Studies International conference, Melbourne, Australia - panel curator

2016 Performance Studies International conference, Melbourne, Australia - Object And Voice as Character: Vocaloid Opera AOI

2016 "Quiet Microclimate / Silent Room" installation, Performance Studies International conference, Melbourne, Australia - director

2016 Deutschland, Japan, Russland heute: Formen kultureller Begegnungen in den Gegenwartslyrik, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan - The Poetics of Nonhuman Performance (joint presentation with Professor Shintaro Fujii)

2015 Performance Robot Dramaturgy, Tokyo / New York, Discussion and workshop, Martin E. Segal Center - CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA - panelist

2015- "Reconsidering the Performer's Presence: Non-human and Neo-human Aspects of Contemporary Japanese Theatre, JSPS research project, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan - researcher

2015 "Presence and Focus" workshop, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan - leader

2015- Seinendan Company Murinkan workshop class with Oriza Hirata, Tokyo, Japan - participant

2015 International Japanese Studies Conference "Building Connections Between Central and Eastern Europe", Eötvös Loránd University - Japan Foundation, Budapest: Sharing Space with the Other - Concepts of Performative Presence in Oriza Hirata's Robot Theatre

2014 “Presence and Focus” workshop for Japanese Actors, Tokyo Japan - workshop leader

2014 Noguchi Taiso classes by Hideo Arai, Tokyo, Japan - participant

2014 Noguchi Taiso workshop by Mari Osanai, Aomori, Japan - participant

2014 Hosei University, Visiting Researcher, Tokyo, Japan - researcher

2014 Performing Arts Meeting (TPAM), Yokohama, Japan - participant

2013 Lilla Falussy: Metadolce - Deutsche Bühne Ungarn, Szekszárd (in German) - director

2012 “The Actor is Dead, Long Live the Actor”, The 14th International Symposium of Theatre Critics and Theatre Scholars, Novi Sad, Serbia – title of presentation: The Space between Presences

2010 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York, USA – participant 

2008 “Viewpoints” intensive theatre workshop, SITI Company, New York, USA – participant

2008 Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, directed by Robert Wilson, Stage 1 dramaturg and research assistant, Watermill Center, New York, USA - participant

2008 Watermill Center Summer Program, Oral Histories Research Project, New York, USA - researcher

2007 research project on Robert Wilson’s work at Watermill Center (supported by Byrd Hoffmann Watermill Foundation, New York) - researcher

2006 UNESCO – Aschberg bursary for performing artists: Watermill Summer Program with Robert Wilson, Watermill Center, New York, USA – performer 

2005 Director’s Laboratory: Improvisation & Spontaneity in Performing Arts: a workshop of International University of Global Theatre Experience, Malpils, Latvia – participant

2004 EDERED – 8th European Youth Theatre Encounter, Velm, Austria – workshop leader

2003 Min Tanaka's butoh course, International Body & Dance Workshop, Palic, Serbia – participant

2003 Prague Quadriennal, Prague, Czech Republic - participant

2003 TRANSTEATRAL – Contemporary Theatre Conference – title of presentation: Methods and Problems of Hungarian Actor Training, Prague, Czech Republic 

2002 INTERPLAY – Festival of Young European Playwrights, Pécs, Hungary – actress

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

           

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Section of Linguistics and Literary Scholarship, Committee on Dramatic Studies and Cinematography

Regional Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences of Pécs (Hungary)

Hungarian Association of Theatre Practitioners (Hungary)

Performance Studies International (USA)

Watermill Center Artists (USA)

Lincoln Center Directors Lab (USA)

Seinendan Company, Murinkan workshop class (Japan)

Hosei University (Japan)

Waseda University (Japan)

Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Alumni (Japan)

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellows Plaza (Japan) 

 

GRANTS, AWARDS:

 

2015-2017 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 24 months

2014 Japan Foundation, Japanese Studies Fellowship (Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan - 6 months)

2012 Hungarian Academy of Science, Publication Grant

2008 Eötvös Hungarian State Scholarship (New York, USA – 3 months)

2006 UNESCO – Aschberg bursary for performing artists (Watermill Summer Program, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, New York, USA - 1 month)

2002-2005 PhD scholarship, Theatre Studies Doctoral Program, Literature Studies Doctoral School, Pécs

2000 Festival of University Theatres, Pécs – best actress

1999 Festival of University Theatres, Pécs – best actress

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

 

      Presence / Silence  – PhD thesis on the performer’s presence in relation to the uses of silence in plays and on stage, deconstructing the modernist term of auratic presence

      non-human performativity: organic (animals, nature) and artificial (robots, androids, vocaloids)

      contemporary Japanese theatre

      documentation and research of Robert Wilson’s work and the Watermill Center

      Contemporary North-American theatre and performance

      European and Hungarian theatre and plays in the first decades of 20th century (with an emphasis on special theatrical forms, e.g operette), and contemporary theatre in Hungary

      Methods, practices and possibilities of theatre in the higher education

 

 

CONFERENCES:

 

(selected list):

 

2016 "A Glass Falls Off the Table: Nonhuman Performativity - New Perspectives, Performance Studies International conference, Melbourne, Australia - panel curator

2016 Performance Studies International conference, Melbourne, Australia - Object And Voice as Character: Vocaloid Opera AOI

2016 Deutschland, Japan, Russland heute: Formen kultureller Begegnungen in den Gegenwartslyrik, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan - The Poetics of Nonhuman Performance (joint presentation with Professor Shintaro Fujii)

2015 Performance Robot Dramaturgy, Tokyo / New York, Discussion and workshop, Martin E. Segal Center - CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA - On Insects and Androids: The Corporeal Presence of the Organic and Inorganic Other

2015 Performance Studies International 2015 Tohoku -  Beyond Contamination: Corporeality, Spirituality and Pilgrimage in Northern Japan, Aomori, Japan - A Fly in the Light: The Corporeal Presence of the Organic and Inorganic Other

2015 "Dis-, Re-, Unorganized Spaces in Contemporary Theatre and Drama", Pécs (organizer and presentation) - A káosz (újra-) rendeződő terei - Térkoncepciók a 2011 utáni japán színházban 

2015 International Japanese Studies Conference "Building Connections Between Central and Eastern Europe", Eötvös Loránd University - Japan Foundation, Budapest: Sharing Space with the Other - Concepts of Performative Presence in Oriza Hirata's Robot Theatre

2013 “Comedy of Errors” - Error, Mistake, Misunderstanding and Theatre, Pécs (organizer and presentation) - Vice or not: Az elutasítás formái a színházalkotói folyamatban (Forms of Refusal in the Creative Process of Theatre)

2012 “Theatre and Higher Education in Pécs – 25th Anniversary”, Pécs (organizer and presentation): Légy a fényben – Színre vitt állatok (Animals on Stage)

2011 “Reconstruction as Education”, Pécs (organizer and presentation): Hamlet, monológ, tárgyanimáció (Hamlet, Monologue, Object Animation)

2009 “Contemporary Theatre Studies”, Pécs (organizer and presentation): A csend szerepe a drámában és színházban –  Gombrowitz, Beckett, Wilson (The Silence in Theatre and in Plays – Gombrowitz, Beckett, Wilson)

2006 “Brecht, our Contemporary”, Pécs (organizer and presentation): Brecht a színészről (Brecht on the Actor)

2004 “Spaces, Images – The Modern City”, Pécs (organizer and presenter): Tettyei népünnepélyek a múlt századfordulón (Public Happenings in Pécs in the beginning of 20th Century)

2003 TRANSTEATRAL – Contemporary Theatre Conference, Prague, Czech Republic – Methods and Problems of Hungarian Actor Training

 

EXPERIENCE IN DIRECTING:

 

2016 Guyashu wo sagasu kotoba, karada, kokoro, Nabegen Theatre Company, Aomori, Japan

2016 "Quiet Microclimate / Silent Room" installation, Performance Studies International conference, Melbourne, Australia

2013 Lilla Falussy: Metadolce - Deutsche Bühne Ungarn, Szekszárd (in German)

2012 NIKI (Apartment/Performance) - Pécs Airlines, Pécs

2012 EXIT (A Pulp Play) – Pécs Airlines, Janus University Theatre, Pécs

2010 Street Window (Hommàge à Erzsébet Schaár) – Pécs Airlines, HattyúHáz Gallery, Pécs

2010 Oops A Purse (Clown Revue for Adults) – Pécs Airlines, Pécs (creative collaborator)

2009 Virág Erdős: Madame Poe (rehearsed reading) – Cella Septichora, Pécs

2008 Come/Go (based on Come and Go by Beckett) – Janus University Theatre, Pécs

2007 Something Witkacy (based on Example Play by Witkiewitz) – Janus University Theatre, Pécs

2007 Martin McDonagh: The Pillowman (rehearsed reading) – Pécs, Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs

2006 Two Faces of Edith Piaf (stage adaptation) – Pécs

2005 Cecilie Løveid: Ludwig W (rehearsed reading) – Pécs

2004 WirR – Velm-Vienna, Austria

 

EXPERIENCE IN ACTING:

 

Major roles (selected list):

2006 He Who Says Yes, He Who Says No, Performance on Brecht  and his women, House of Arts, Pécs

2005 Luigi Pirandello: Mountain Giants (Spizzi, Mara-Mara), Shadow Theatre, Pécs

2005 Four Scenes by Ferenc Molnár, Oberon Theatre, Pécs

2004 Line Knutzon: Time is coming (Oda) Shadow Theatre, Pécs

2002 Erich Kästner: Lisa and Lottie (Lottie) Forrás Theatre, Győr

2001 Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story (Anybody’s), National Theatre, Pécs

1999 Georg Büchner: Leonce and Lena (Rosetta), Janus University Theatre, Pécs

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 

2015 scriptwriter, dramaturg, Donkey Xote, Mars Motion Pictures, Budapest

2013 dramaturg, Az ember tr, Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs

2011 Theatre/Audience/Education, a series of introduction to theatre, director, Pécs

2011 dramaturg, Szeleburdi Gáspár, Bóbita Puppet Theatre, Pécs

2011 leader of the Critics Workshop “Instant Feedback”, National Student Theatre Festival

2010 selector jury, US in Focus, Contemporary Drama Festival, Budapest

2009 founder artistic director of Pécs Airlines Theatre Group

2009 leader of the Critics Workshop “Instant Feedback”, National Student Theatre Festival

2007 leader of the Critics Workshop “Instant Feedback”, National Student Theatre Festival

 

PUBLIC LECTURES:

 

2014 "Mást lát" - A Lecture on Contemporary Japanese Theatre, Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Art Studies, Budapest, Hungary

2014 "Identity, Expterience - Being a Hungarian in Japan", University of Pecs, Hungary

2014 "Mást lát" - A lecture on Contemporary Japanese Theatre, University of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary

2013 On Contemporary Theatre, Szentes Public Library, Szentes, Hungary

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:

 

Hungarian (native speaker)

English (native level)

French (competent)

German (competent)

Japanese (pre-intermediate, JLPT N4)

 

 

 

 

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Credits: Máté Komjáthy, Dezső Horgász, Márió Tóth-Simon, Tina Rosner.

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