University Lecturer / Artist / Project leader
Rita Júlia Sebestyén graduated in theatre studies and took her PhD in the aesthetics of the Ancient Greek theatre. As author, co-creator and director she has contributed to award-winning performances in Denmark, Hungary and Romania, and as an essayist she published extensively in volumes of studies and magazines in Hungary, Romania, The Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, France, Letvia and Denmark. Her first book of literature, A tizennegyedik/The Fourteenth was published in 2010.
She has designed courses for BA and MA programmes and teaches in higher education in Denmark (Reading Art – for acting students), Hungary (The Ancient Greek Tragedy, Our Contemporary – for MA students in theate studies ) and Romania (Post-colonialism in Literature and Arts – for BA students in comparative literature).
With colleagues she launched the theatre periodical Játéktér/Playing Area (www.jatekter.ro/) in 2012, being its first editor-in-chief until 2014. She is contributor for The Migrationist (themigrationist.net/), member of advisory board and guest editor for the academic journal Otherness (otherness.dk/) at Aarhus University and artistic director of othernessproject (othernessproject.org): a cross-disciplinary, transnational project that offers body-mind-soul experience of Otherness through theatre and theory formation based on theatrical events, workshops and performance lectures. Under the umbrella of othernessproject in 2015 she worked out the conception of glocal, nomadic, art as research project that mingles the realms of technology and nature, arts and science: BIRTH, in 2016 she directed the performance ’27 ways to be born’, premiered at the Passage International Festival Helsingør-Helsingborg, the second event of this series being BIRTH/BREATH (an experience design event that mingles performance art with light and sound installations) in 2017.
Areas of specialization
Cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and cross-sectoral projects, Theatre Studies, Aesthetics, Human Geography, History of Ideas, Theory of Cultural Policy Making.
2005 Ph. D. in Theatre Aesthetics, with summa cum laude: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, HU, Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, Department of Aesthetics
Title of dissertation: Spaces and Meta-Spaces in the Early Tragedies of Aeschylus
1997 Licensed in Theatre Studies: Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, RO (equivalent with MA)
Other relevant qualifications
2016 Mobility of Youth Workers: International Cultural Entrepreneurship, Erasmus+
2006 Teacher of English: CELTA, University of Cambridge
2005 Dance critic course of Deborah Jowitt (Village Voice, NY)
2014-present International Association of Theatre Critics
2011-present Hungarian Belletrist Association
2004-present Association for Ancient Studies
2002-present International Theatre Institute, Hungarian Centre, member of the Executive Board
2016-present Guest Lecturer in The Ancient Greek Tragedy, Our Contemporary: a course that mingles aesthetics, anthropology and social studies, with a post-colonial perspective. Károli Gáspár University, Budapest, Hungary: Theatre Studies – 8 hours/month, 40 MA students in Theatre Studies.
2015-present Research associate and lecturer in Reading Arts: a cross-disciplinary, interactive course on the interrelations of arts-society-politics in the globalised world. Copenhagen International School of Arts, Denmark: Acting studies – 8 hours/ month, 14 students in acting.
2014-present Guest lecturer: Postcolonialism in literature / Artistic approaches of the Other. Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania: Comparative literature – 18 hours/month, 14 BA students in literature.
2013-2015 Conceiver and mentor of Mentor Project: workshops for young writers on theatre with internationally recognized mentors.
2012/2013 Guest lecturer in: Interdisciplinary approaches of performativtiy/ Theatre and written media / Creative writing: University of Arts, Tîrgu Mureş, MA and BA: Theatre Studies and Theatre Management – 30 hours/month, 24 students.
2012 April Seminar as a guest lecturer in: Contemporary staging of Ancient Greek plays/ Discovering the dramatic situation, actors and text: University of Arts, Tîrgu Mureş. BA: Theatre Studies and Stage Directing – 20 hours, 12 students.
2002-2011 Communication coach: helping in building and maintaining successful international relations and internal communication strategies with the tools of transaction analysis for international banks and insurance companies. Main clients: Generali Ltd and Paribas Bank.
2000/2001 Guest lecturer in: Dramaturgy and creative writing/ Ancient Greek plays and their contemporary adaptations: University of Pécs. BA: specialization in Theatre Studies – 2 terms, 4 hours/week, 30 students.
1999/2000 Guest lecturer in: Dramaturgy and creative writing/ Interpretations of texts and their on-stage versions: University of Arts, Tîrgu Mureş. BA: Theatre Studies – 20 hours of intensive course, 12 students.
1995/1998 Assistant professor (holding seminars): History of European Theatre/ Dramaturgy and creative writing/Tendencies of contemporary performing arts: Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj. BA: Theatre Studies – 6 terms, 4 hours/week, 15 students
Informal teaching, tutorial, curatorship
2013-2015 Tutor for intern students at the periodical Játéktér/Playing Area and at the othernessproject. Oct. / Nov. 2013 Curator for the Contemporary Drama Festival, Budapest, HU.
Jan. /June 2013 Curator for the Festival of Hungarian Theatres Outside the Borders, HU/RO.
2012/13 Tutor for a group of students launching an interactive project The Wonders of the Night based on a poem by Sándor Weöres. University of Arts, Tîrgu Mureş, MA class of Theatre Management: 7 students.
2011 Take part at PhD student presentation and defence of dissertation. University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest.
2011 Jury member: Festival of Minority Theatres, Gheorgheni, RO.
2005 Curator for Pépinières européennes pour les jeunes artistes (UNESCO, Paris, FR) and Crawford Gallery (Cork, IR).
2003/2006 Curator for Workshop Foundation: Inspiration program for young artists, HU.
1998 Organizer and tutor for Interferences workshop for students of Theatre Studies: writing, stage directing and acting. Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, BA students of Theatre Studies: 12 students.
2016 27 ways to be born (director), othernessproject and Passage Festival, DK: trailer.
2016 Inside Out Three Sisters (co-creator), Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts, 2nd Years.
Award for Research and Innovation: International Festival for Theatre Schools, Fez, Morocco, 2016.
2015 Three sisters (dramaturge), Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts, 3rd Years.
2013/2014 Hamlet (new translation and stage adaptation), International Shakespeare Festival, Gyula (HU)/ Tamás Áron Theatre, Sfintu Gheorghe (RO)
Nomination for Best Performance of the Year 2013 in Romania: Romanian Association of Theatre Artists (UNITER).
2011/2012 The Flea Market of Kantarzsin (interdisciplinary project) Figura Theatre, Gheorgheni
2002/2009 The Miracle, play with Áron Tamási in two acts based on the play entitled Songbird
Grand Prize – 14th Hungarian Studiotheatre Festival, Budapest, 2002.
Grand Prize – Festival of Minority Theatres in Gheorgheni, 2003.
Participation at the Festival of Minority Theatres in Bucharest, 2002.
The opening performance at the Saturdays in Zsámbék Festival, 2003.
Guest performance in Viena, at the Rabenhof Theater, 2003.
The Award of the Cultural and Educational Ministry – 21th edition of the Festival in Kisvárda, 2009.
Participation at the National Theatre Festival in Pécs (POSZT), 2009.
2000/2001 Procrustes’ Bed, Sun Theatre, Budapest
1999/2000 Royal Blue, Tamási Theatre, Sfîntu Gheorghe
1999/2000 Welcome, Breeze! Based on Turgenev’s A Month in the Country
Award for Best Performance at the 11th edition of the Festival in Kisvárda, 1999.
Rita Júlia Sebestyén – Award for Dramaturgy – 11th edition of the Festival in Kisvárda, 1999.
Award for Best Performance – National Theatre Festival in Miskolc.
Guest performance at the Theatre Nights Beyond Borders in Budapest.
2006/2007 W. Shakespeare, King Lear, coproduction of the National Theatre, Budapest and Tamási Áron Theatre, Sfîntu Gheorghe (directed by Bocsárdi, L)
Participation at the National Theatre Festival in Bucharest, 2007.
Guest performance in Budapest, 2007.
2005/2006 Sophocles-Euripides, Electra, Örkény Theatre, Budapest (directed by Bocsárdi, L)
2004/2005 Sophocles, Oedipus, Móricz Zsigmond Theatre, Nyíregyháza (directed by Tóth, M)
2002/2003 Aeschylus, Agamemnon, Figura Stúdió Theatre, Gheorgheni (directed by Béres, L)
2000/2007 Sophocles, Antigone, co-production of Tamási Áron Theatre, Sfîntu Gheorghe – The Novi Sad Theatre- Summer Festival, Zsámbék (directed by Bocsárdi, L)
Grand Prize – 15th Hungarian Studiotheatre Festival, Budapest, 2004.
The Award of the Illyés Foundation – 16th edition of the Festival in Kisvárda, 2004.
Participation at KONTAKT Festival, Torun, 2004.
Guest performance in Pécs, Budapest and Szentendre, 2003, 2004.
Guest performance in Bucharest, 2004.
1999/2000 Euripides, Alcestis, Tamási Áron Theatre, Sfîntu Gheorghe (directed by Bocsárdi, L)
Award for Best Performance – Atelier Festival, Sfântu Gheorghe, 1999.
Award for Placed Second – at the National Studio and Alternative Theatrical Festival in Gödöllő, 1999.
Guest performance in Pécs, 2000.
Research involvement and dissemination
Feb. 2016 – present Concept and methodology creation for: Metaxy: international, cross-cultural action research project to work out an innovative, flexible, socially and economically responsive educational framework that uses English as a lingua franca both for research, artistic work and dissemination, aiming at 1. cross-cultural and entrepreneurial skills and competences of students in performing arts, 2. raising employability of young artists, 3. facilitating cooperation and knowledge exchange between arts, education and business. At Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts: http://cispa.dk/research/
March 2014 – present New Materialist Approach in Performing Arts with research proposal: (Female) Bodies in Ancient Greek Theatre – co-operation of: Aarhus University, University of Southern Denmark, Kiel University, and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
Nov. 2013-present Member of advisory board for the academic journal Otherness http://www.otherness.dk , Centre for studies in Otherness, Aarhus University.
Sept. 2013-present Initiator and organizer of cross-cultural, rhizomatic practice-based project of an international theatre discourse and academic theory-formation present within 12 countries: Othernessproject: https://othernessproject.org/.
May 2013-present Participant, co-organizer at the The Gogol InterPlaygorund project; international network to raise awareness against corruption through the tools of drama. Participating countries: Uganda, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Romania: http://gogoltalk.wordpress.com/.
Feb. 2011- Aug. 2013 Department of Classical Philology at the University in Pécs: member of the OTKA, Hungarian Scientific Research Fund Interpretation of the Tragic and the Comic in Ancient Drama research group on contemporary approach of Ancient Greek Theatre.
Dec. 2008- Feb. 2011 Freelance scholar: attending conferences, editing books, publishing academic papers and communication coach at Dialog Stúdió, Budapest, for-profit sector.
Feb. 2005- June 2007 Freelance scholar: attending conferences, editing books, publishing academic papers and communication coach at Dialog Stúdió, Budapest, for-profit sector.
2001/05 PhD student at Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest, HU, Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, Department of Aesthetics and leading theory formation projects on cross-cultural theatre phenomena at the Hungarian Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI).
2000/01 Organizer and project leader of the first professional network for the Hungarian Theatres outside the Borders: Hungarian Centre of the ITI.
2000 Organizer of the first visiting programme for USA stage directors and producers in Hungary – through the Hungarian Centre of the ITI.
Aug. 18, 2016: Half a minute – workshop for psychologists, academics, researchers: Celebrating Time: 3rd International Conference of Time Perspective, Copenhagen, DK: 25 participants.
March 4, 2016 Refugees, Migration, Language – workshop for academics, artists, policy makers, social workers: Organized by the research program: “Art, Culture and Politics in the ‘Postmigrant Condition’” (funded by FKK/Danish Council for Independent Research) in collaboration with CISPA (Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts), Copenhagen, DK: 45 participants. Presenting: Timeless questions of migration reflected in performing arts.
Sept. 14-16, 2015 Redefining Theatre Communities: Community Perspectives in Contemporary Theatre-making. Conference at Malta University, Gozo. Presentation: Ancient Greek Theatre and Participatory Arts.
Jan. 18, 2015 Workshop on New Materialism organized by the Centre for Studies in Otherness, Aarhus University. Presenter: Theatre as tool for acknowledging, understanding and dealing with Otherness.
Oct. 26-27, 2014 Conceiver and organizer of the mOtherness workshop – trainer’s workshop for body-mind-soul involvement through theatre. Topic: motherness seen as otherness –birth stories:
Aug. 2014 Participant, presenter: Landscape Dialogues – artists’ camp at Mols Berge, Denmark.
March 21-23, 2014 Conceiver and organizer of the Gogol in Cluj/Cardiff workshop and symposium: with participants from 7 countries: a practice based and glocal event followed by academic discussions and papers published at the Otherness journal of Aarhus University, The Centre for Studies in Otherness: http://www.otherness.dk/ in its special Otherness and the Performing Arts special issue: http://www.otherness.dk/journal/otherness-essays-studies-51/
Feb. 6, 2014 Representations of the Other – presentation at Kultursalon in Copenhagen: international meeting of artists and academicians organized by the Danish Centre of the International Theatre Institute: presentation of the project.
Jan. 8, 2014 Theatre: a space for Otherness – guest talk at Cultural Transformation seminar, Aarhus University.
Nov. 28, 2013 From provincial to glocal. Transylvania as real and metaphysical site of cultural diversity. – guest talk at Högskolan Väst, Sweden.
Nov. 2012 Moderator of critical and theoretical discussion on three performances of Figura Studio Theatre, Gheorgheni (RO) touring in Budapest (HU), organized by the Hungarian Theatre Critics’ Association.
Sept. 2012 Editing an interdisciplinary event: book launch at the Maladype theatre – trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoaWQi26ZY
March 2012 Moderator: round-table discussions at Reflex 2 international theatre festival, Sfîntu Gheorghe.
Oct.2011 Dr. Valéria Dienes– Being a Dancer in Mature Age, as a Woman and Scientist. Power of Age 2. Japan is here. Merlin Theatre, Budapest.
Oct. 2011 Theatre and Identity. Workshop at the at the Minority Theatre Festival, Gheorgheni, for BA students of Theatre Studies from the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj and University of Arts, Tîrgu Mureş.
2010/2011 Chair and moderator for round-table discussions organised by Libri Publishing House and Katona József Theatre, Budapest.
June 2010 Chair and moderator for discussions on interdisciplinary arts in the Makett Labor Galery on the World Industrial Design Day.
April 2010 Other people-other places-other time. On The Persians of Aeschylus. Conference of Ancient Studies, Pécs.
Oct. 2006 Elektra. Dramaturgy and theory. Conference of Ancients Studies, Budapest.
Hungarian (native), English (advanced), Romanian (advanced),
French (novice level), Italian (novice level), Danish (novice level)