Kurt Taroff


  • Room 02.004 - 21 University Square

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am very happy to work with students on PhD and research projects in areas such as: Monodrama, Symbolist Theatre, Expressionism, Adaptation and Translation, American Drama, the Fin-de-Siecle Avant Garde in Europe, Political Theatre, and Commemoration and Community Theatre, among other areas.

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Research Interests

Monodrama, Translation, Adaptation, Theatre Programming, New York Theatre, Theatre and Gentrification, World War I, Theatre and Cognition, Virtual Reality Theatre

Research Statement

My main area of interest is Monodrama--plays which attempt to communicate the world as subjectively experienced by a protagonist with such intensity that the spectator feels as though they have merged with that protagonist.  In my work I trace this trend back to 18th C. music, and then use the traits of the form as a means to analyse drama to the present day. 

I am also engaged in a new project looking at non-profit theatres in New York's East Village area from 1990 to the present, examining how the rapid gentrification of the area and changes in audiences and public funding have affected the programming choices of these theatres. 

In connection with my work as a Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded 'Living Legacies, 1914-18' project, I am exploring community engagement with the First World War through theatre and perfromance, as well as investigating uses of the war through public performance by the UVF commemoration parades of 2013-15.

Further research interests include: adaptation and translation in the theatre, American theatre, political theatre, theatre and cognition, and virtual reality theatre.

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Projects 2014 2017

Research Output 2001 2017

The Medals All 'Round Research Initiative

Taroff, K., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

World War I
Northern Ireland

The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: The Moment of Death as Seen from Within

Taroff, K., 2016, (Accepted) Final Stages: Performance, Death, and Culture. Intellect, 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

The Spectacle Within: Symbolist Painting and Minimalist Mise-en-Scène

Taroff, K., 01 Nov 2016, In : Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film. 42, 2, p. 211-227 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Home Is Where the Self Is: Monodrama, Journey-Play Structure, and the Modernist Fairy Tale

Taroff, K., 2014, In : Marvels & Tales. 28, 2, p. 325-345 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fairy tale
collective memory
nineteenth century
twentieth century

All My Sons: A Play by Arthur Miller and Henrik Ibsen

Taroff, K., Apr 2013, In : The Arthur Miller Journal. 8, 1, p. 1-14 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2006 2016

  • 15 Participation in conference
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
  • 1 Publication peer-review

‘Loyal’ to a Fault: Performance, Commemoration, and the UVF Centenary

Kurt Taroff (Speaker)
24 Mar 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

International Federation for Theatre Research

Kurt Taroff (Participant)
17 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Irish Society for Theatre Research

Kurt Taroff (Participant)
21 May 201523 May 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

QAA Subject Benchmark Review Panel

Kurt Taroff (Member)

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

American Society for Theatre Research

Kurt Taroff (Participant)
20 Nov 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Being Human - a festival of the humanities (Northern Ireland Hub)

Franziska Schroeder (Participant), David Grant (Participant), Kurt Taroff (Participant), Cahal McLaughlin (Participant), Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Alex Murray (Participant), Sian Barber (Participant), Paul Murphy (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact