Academic Qualifications

2010 – 2015  PhD in Theatre StudiesRoyal Holloway University of London 

2009 – 2010  MRes Design with Distinction, Goldsmiths University of London 

2006 – 2009  BA (Hons) Drama and Performance with First Class Honours, University of Wolverhampton

Relevant Employment

February 2020 to Present  Lecturer in Theatre Studies, Performance Art Department, University of Gdańsk, Poland (Full-Time)

September 2017 to April 2020  Visiting Scholar at Meio University, Japan (Part-Time)

September 2017 to September 2019  Lecturer at Meio University, Japan (Part-Time)

April 2017 to September 2019  Lecturer at University of the Ryukyus, Japan (Part-Time)

April 2015 to August 2017  Principal at Santa Monica International School, Japan (Full-Time)


Dobkowska, Sylwia. ‘Separate Yet Together: The Twelfth International Between.Pomiędzy Festival of Literature and Theatre.’ The Theatre Times, 2021.

Gredżuk, Szymon and Sylwia Dobkowska. ‘Kumiodori – teatr królestwa Riukiu.’ Didaskalia, 161, 2021.

Dobkowska, Sylwia. ‘Kosmopolis – The Between.Pomiędzy Festival of Literature and Theatre.’ The Theatre Times, 2020.

Dobkowska, Sylwia and Meghan Kuckelman Beverage. ‘Physical Poetry: Using Japanese Butō in an EFL Poetry Performance Project.’ English in Education, Issue 1, Volume 54, 2020.

Dobkowska, Sylwia and Paul Johnson Eds. Justitia: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the work of Jasmin Vardimon Company. Bristol and Chicago: Intellect Books. August 2016.

Dobkowska, Sylwia, Stacey Pitsillides and Duncan Fairfax.‘Immortal “Brand Me” Identity Immersion in a Digital Space.’ Making Believe: Goldsmiths Postgraduate Exhibition Catalogue 2010. 56-70.

Conference Papers

Dobkowska, Sylwia and Szymon Gredżuk. ‘Przekład kulturowy: Teatr w Japonii.’ Between Edukacja Kosmopolis 2020, Webinar. (22 October 2020)

Dobkowska, Sylwia and Szymon Gredżuk. ‘Okinawa Research Group – Kumiodori.’ 101 lat relacji polsko-japońskich. Perspektywy, działania, więzi. Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha, Kraków, Poland. 27-28 February 2020. (27 February 2020)

Dobkowska, Sylwia and Szymon Gredżuk. ‘Kumiodori – 300 Anniversary of Theatre from Okinawa. Connections.’  Between the word, the sound and the image: A Centenary of Polish-Japanese Diplomatic Relations. Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. 4-5 December 2019. (5 December 2019)

Dobkowska, Sylwia. Performative Absence as Exchange of Signifiers. Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow in the United Kingdom. 4-6 September 2013.

Dobkowska, Sylwia. Present Absence in Theatre. Postgraduate Pioneers. Royal Holloway, University of London, the United Kingdom. 23-24 June 2013.

Awards and Research Grants

2021  Research Grant from University of Gdańsk in Poland. UGrants First grant for the research project: Absent Theatre – Okinawan Kumiodori Theatre.

2013  Research Grant from Royal Holloway University of London: Recipient of funding to present paper entitled ‘Performative Absence as Exchange of Signifiers’ at TaPRA Conference in Glasgow, the United Kingdom.

2010 – 2013  PhD Research Scholarship from Royal Holloway University of London.

2010 – 2013  PhD Maintenance Scholarship from Royal Holloway University of London.

2009  Highest Grades Award from University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom: Recipient of Highest Classification Award in Drama Department in the academic year 2009.

2006 – 2007  Experience Award from Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton: Recipient of Experience Award to conduct one year internship in theatre as Theatre Technician Assistant.

2005 – 2006  Project Grant from the European Commission, Brussels: Recipient of a grant from Youth in Action Programme awarded for a performance art project.

Practice as Research and Art Projects

2019  Ryūmya and Yui – Drama Production. The playscript has been researched and written by Dr Szymon Gredżuk, and applied to the text adaptation by Alistair McCallum of the original work – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. This play was staged by the Drama Production class. Meio University, Japan

2018  Online Learning Course – I developed the curriculum, designed, and facilitated online learning course in Intercultural Communication as part of an action research project in pedagogy. Meio University, Japan

2018  and 2019  Poetry Performance – In January 2018 and January 2019, through butō methods, students developed their interpretation of contemporary poetry. Meio University, Japan

2017  British Theatre – This project consisted of ten workshops, where students developed their own original theatre script across genres of drama and physical theatre. University of the Ryukyus, Japan

2016  Graphic DesignerJustitia: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the work of Jasmin Vardimon Company. Bristol: Intellect Books. August 2016.

2016  Production DesignerCharlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Santa Monica International School performance, Okinawa, Japan

2015  Production DesignerThe Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Santa Monica International School performance, Okinawa, Japan

2014  Graphic Designer – PhD Thesis: Performance of Absence. Royal Holloway University of London

2013  Graphic Designer – drama script: Theatremorphosis by Dan Rebellato

2013  Graphic DesignerTheatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) conference handbook. Royal Holloway University of London

2010 – 2013  Graphic DesignerPlatform: Journal of Theatre and Performance Arts at Royal Holloway University of London

2011  Set Designer The Siamese Twins by Artes Escenicas Rayuela and the Silver Lining Theatre Company in London

2010  Installation Designer Heterotopia Provocation Exhibition in London

2010  Installation Designer Making Believe Exhibition at Goldsmiths Postgraduate Design Degree Show as part of London Design Festival

Professional Development 

2019 – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK

2017 – 2018  Teaching Certificate in Higher Education, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, London

2018  Butō Workshop with Kanazawa Butoh Kan (金沢舞踏館 ) in Akita, 9-days intensive from 16-29 September. Orgnanised by POHRC, organization that researches the work of ankoku butoh founder, Hijikata Tatsumi.

2016 – Present  Sogetsu Art, Ikebana