Dr Yaron Shyldkrot

School of English

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

English Yaron Shyldkrot
y.shyldkrot@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 8474

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Dr Yaron Shyldkrot
School of English
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Profile

I have joined the School of English as a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance in September 2019.

Before joining the School of English, I was a visiting lecturer on the BA performance Arts and MA Advanced Theatre Practice courses at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London). I was also a teaching associate on the BA (hons) Theatre and Performance, BA (hons) Dance, and MA Creative Practices and Direction courses at the University of Surrey, where I completed my PhD.

My teaching and research build on over ten years of experience as a practitioner-researcher and theatre maker. I have worked both as a solo artist and collaboratively, with significant experience as a director, deviser, dramaturg, lighting designer, writer and workshop facilitator. I have predicated and have been involved in numerous shows, installations, workshops and projects that have been presented in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Spain and Croatia. Specifically, I co-founded, and I am co-directing Fye and Foul, a theatre company exploring sound, darkness, immersion and new forms of writing. The company’s work has been shown at Barbican Centre (London), Bristol Old Vic, Brighton Fringe, HAU (Berlin) and Dobiarteventi Festival (Italy) among others and was supported by the Wellcome Trust and RichMix.

My research and artistic work focus on and utilise contemporary performance practices to explore different relationships between uncertainty, perception and performance.

My PhD used practice-based methods to study different compositions and designs of uncertain and multi-sensory experiences. I looked specifically at performance in the dark and immersive theatre to examine the substantial role of darkness in performance as well as the implications of ‘being in the dark’ - metaphorically and literally. Focusing on different processes of composition and performance-making, I have published on the practice of producing and creating atmospheres. 

I served on the Executive Committee of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) (2016-2018) and was an editor for The Journal of Arts Writing by Students (JAWS) (2017-2018). You can follow me on Twitter: @yaronshy.

Research interests

My research seeks to grapple with different states of uncertainty, indeterminacy and doubt, which I believe to be prominent characteristics of everyday experience in the western world. I have published on the use of haze and darkness for atmosphere production, with forthcoming publications exploring light and visual obfuscation, glitches and precarious identities in sound-led theatre and different encounters with darkness.

I am particularly interested in practice-led research methodologies for investigating our relationship with technology and each other, the blurriness between natural and artificial, the edges of sound and vision and the many possibilities in and of darkness.

My main research interests include: 

  • Unique sensory experiences in performance.
  • Performing robots and nonhuman performance.
  • Theatre in the dark and immersive theatre.
  • Practice as Research (PaR).
  • Scenography, atmosphere, light and sound design.
Publications

Journal articles

Book reviews

Research group

I currently co-supervise a PhD project exploring contemporary theatre-making and company longevity. I am interested to work with doctoral students whose research explores contemporary theatre practices, particularly in the areas of immersive and sensory performance.

Teaching activities

I teach on the undergraduate English & Theatre programme as well as the MA in Theatre & Performance Studies. 

At Undergraduate level, I currently teach on the following modules:

  • LIT180 Studying Theatre: A History of Dramatic Texts in Performance
  • EGH116 Theatre Practice: Making Texts
  • EGH236 Contemporary Performance Practice

At postgraduate level I teach on LIT6017 Theatre Practice I.