Krisztina Rosner is a Tokyo-based Hungarian researcher and practitioner of contemporary performing arts. She wrote her PhD thesis on the actor’s presence and the performative aspects of silence in 2011. Her current research focuses on the performer’s presence, the non-human and neo-human aspects of contemporary Japanese theatre: robot and android theatre, traditional monkey theatre, transmedia performance. 

In her activity, theory and practice interweaves: besides teaching, she is a theatre director and actor, leads workshops in the United States, Japan, and Europe, and took part in numerous performing arts programs: she worked with the renowned theatre director Robert Wilson at his Watermill Center (2006, 2007, 2008). In New York she participated in the SITI Company Suzuki/Viewpoints workshop (2008), and took part in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2010).

After working as senior lecturer of theatre studies at the University of Pecs (HU) between 2005-2018, since 2017 she has been a lecturer in comparative cultural studies and contemporary performing arts at the School of Global Japanese Studies at Meiji University in Tokyo, where she is also a founding member of the Research Center for Contemporary Japanese Performing Arts. 

Grants include: UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Performing Artists (2006), “Eotvos” Hungarian State Research Grant (2008), Hungarian Academy of Science Book Publication Grant (2011), Japan Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Hosei University, Tokyo, 2014), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Waseda University 2015-2017).









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)



2018- present Center for Contemporary Japanese Performing Arts Research, Meiji University, founding member

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

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

2011-2018 Associate Professor, Department of Modern Literatures and Literary Studies, University of Pécs (HU)

2005-2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Literatures and Literary Studies, University of Pécs (HU)


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




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

2014 Japan Foundation, Japanese Studies Fellowship, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan

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





      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 performing arts

      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





Meiji University (Japan)

Waseda University (Japan)

Hosei University (Japan)

Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Alumni (Japan)

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

Performance Studies International (USA)

Watermill Center Artists (USA)

Lincoln Center Directors Lab (USA)

Dramaturg Japan Network (Japan) 

Seinendan Company, Murinkan workshop class (Japan)

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)





(selected list)



Japan Pilgrimages: Experiences and motivations behind cultural and spiritual peregrinations from and to East Asia, Mutual Images, Ryukoku University, Kyoto The Case of the Standing Monkey and the Walkman - Reconsidering a commercial


Robotics and Performing Arts: The Nonhuman Challenge, symposium and special lecture by GV Lab, Meiji University, Tokyo (organizer, host)


Ecotique International Workshop on Robotics and Philosophy, Tokyo - Taming Gestures and the Not-So-Cute Coexistence, Nonhuman-Nonhuman Performativity



Performance Studies International conference, Daegu, South Korea - Tokyo Animals and Taming Gestures: The Network of Pet Performativity in Contemporary Japan



Japan Pop Goes Global, Toyama Gakuin University, Tokyo - Layers of Traditional in the Popular Performing Arts; Object and Voice as Character - Vocaloid Opera Aoi



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


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


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



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


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


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


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



“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)



“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


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



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



“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)



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



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



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




(selected list) 



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



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



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


2015-2017 Seinendan Company Murinkan workshop class with Oriza Hirata, Tokyo, Japan - participant



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


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


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


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



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



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


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


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



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



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



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



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



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


Prague Quadriennal, Prague, Czech Republic - participant



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





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




(selected list):

2020 Sūji Terayama - Rio Kishida: A Journal of the Plague Year (Forgotten Woman), Association of Asian Performance Conference, online reading 

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

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




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




2020 Technology and Transmedia Dramaturgy in Contemporary Japanese Performing Arts, Mahindra Humanities Center Transmedia Seminar, Harvard University

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




Hungarian (native speaker)

English (native level)

Japanese (intermediate, JLPT N3, J-CAT 216 points)

French (competent)

German (competent)