Prof. Sharon Aronson-Lehavi is associate professor of theatre and performance studies at the Department of Theatre Arts, Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University. She served as Chair of the department (2017-2021) and as the Academic and Artistic Director of the University Theatre (2016-2020). Her research focuses on the relations between ritual, religion and theatre in the late medieval and modern periods, and she also works on feminist theatre and Israeli theatre and performance. She is the author of Performing Religion on the Secular Stage (Routledge, 2023), Street Scenes: Late Medieval Acting and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), Gender and Feminism in Modern Theatre (Open University Academic Press 2013, Hebrew), and Biblical Theatre in Israel: Identity and Otherness (IDI 2016, Hebrew). She is the editor of Wanderers and Other Israeli Plays (Seagull Books 2009), and co-editor with Atay Citron and David Zerbib of Performance Studies in Motion: International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century (Bloomsbury 2014).
Since 2022 Sharon is Head of the research lab Act.Play.Game under the auspices of TILabs (Tel Aviv University Innovation Labs). The Act.Play.Game lab is dedicated to researching theatrical creative processes using VR technology.
In 2012 Sharon was chosen as a member of the Israel Young Academy, established by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and served as a member of the Steering Committee (2014-2015).
Sharon holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Her awards and grants include a Fulbright grant for doctoral studies, a Dan David post-doctoral award for research at Tel Aviv University (2005-2006), a post-doctoral grant as member in a research team funded by GIF (German Israeli Foundation 2007-2009), a membership in a research group at the Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University (2015-2016), and a research grant from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) 2017-2021 for the project "The Art of Adaptation: The Theatre of Rina Yerushalmi and the Itim Ensemble." Her work on "Video Annotation" as part of this research project was featured in the exhibition "Primary Sources: Activating the Archive" at the TAU University Gallery (2022). Since 2020 Sharon is part of [six!], a consortium of six leading programs in theatre and performance studies (Northwestern University, Chicago; University of Cologne, Germany; JNU, Delhi; Catholic University of Chile; University of Ghana, Accra; and Tel Aviv University). In 2023 Sharon won together with colleagues from TAU and the University of Cologne, Germany, a grant from the Tel Aviv University Lowy International School for the joint project "Curating Theatre Histories."
Until 2016 Sharon served as a senior lecturer at the Department of Comparative Literature at Bar-Ilan University. In 2013-2014 was the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor of the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley, where she taught courses at the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS). She also taught and lectured at the International Graduate Summer School of the Department of Theatre and Media Studies at the University of Mainz, Germany (2011; 2013; 2015). Sharon was the theatre curator of the interdisciplinary projects "Table Manners" (2017), "Defense Lines" (2018), and "Plan(e)t" (2019-2020) at the Tel Aviv University Art Gallery.