Maria Shevtsova has previously held Chairs at the Universities of Connecticut (Modern and Classical Languages) and Lancaster (Founding Chair of Contemporary Performance and Theatre Studies). She was the Founding Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Sydney, and has also taught at the University of Paris. She was a Visiting Professor at various institutions, including the Teatro Ateneo and the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Oslo, the Academy of Theatre Arts of St. Petersburg, and the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw. She has guest lectured and given master seminars extensively abroad – in China, Australia, France, Russia and other countries in Europe. Her permanent and invited positions reflect her international and interdisciplinary approach to theatre/performance and the teaching profession. She was a Fellow of the International Research Center at the Freie Universität in Berlin, undertaking research there in 2012 and 2013, and held a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2016-17. She studied at the University of Sydney, the Institut d'Etudes Théâtrales, l'Université de Paris III, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), also in Paris. She is Dr. honoris causa of the University of Craiova (awarded 2012).
Shevtsova is the author of more than 150 articles in refereed journals and chapters of collected volumes. Her books include Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance (2004), Fifty Key Theatre Directors (2005, co-ed), Jean Genet: Performance and Politics (2006, co-ed), Robert Wilson (2007; updated and extended second edition, 2019), Directors/Directing: Conversations on Theatre (2009, co-authored), Sociology of Theatre and Performance (2009), which assembles three decades of her pioneering work in the field, and The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Directing (2013, co-authored); Rediscovering Stanislavsky (forthcoming 2020).
Her publications have been translated into thirteen languages, most recently Robert Wilson into Mandarin (2013) and Russian (2016); Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance into Russian (2014) and Mandarin (2018); Fifty Key Theatre Directors in Farsi (Iran, 2016); Directors/Directing: Conversations on Theatre into Romanian (2017); and The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Directing into Serbian (2017) and currently being translated into French. She is co-editor of New Theatre Quarterly and part of the editorial team of Critical Stages, the online journal of the International Association of Theatre Critics and of Stanislavsky Studies. She is on the Board of the Stanislavsky Research Centre.
Shevtsova is an invited theatre critic, lecturer and interviewer in various languages at prominent theatre festivals. These notably include the Golden Mask National Theatre Award and Festival in Moscow, the International Gyula Shakespeare Festival in Hungary, the International Shakespeare Festival in Craiova, the International Theatre Biennale in Sfantu Gheorghe in Romania and, among others, the A Mil International Theatre Festival in Santiago de Chile. In 2017 she was the President of the Jury of the renowned BITEF (Belgrade International Theatre Festival) and has served on the jury of other international competitions, including the Monte Faito Film Festival in Italy. She is an international programme consultant for the Craiova Festival and, until recently, of the Gyula Festival.
Shevtsova is frequently interviewed for internet streaming and national television and radio broadcasts at home and abroad: most recently in Britain in 2017 on ‘The Forum’ for BBC World Service (‘Stanislavsky: Founder of Modern Acting’); repeated in 2018 on BBC Radio 4. She conducts pre- and post-show talks in such important venues as the Barbican in London as well as at the above and other festivals; and she has regularly written programme notes, notably for the Barbican. She has presented such major theatre directors as Lev Dodin, Viktor Ryzhakov and Oh Tae-Seok at press conferences, the latter at the Korean Cultural Centre in London; also at academic conferences – Anatoly Vasilyev, including interpreting into French from Russian in Paris. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the international conferences organised by the International Centre for Performance Studies in Tangier and the University of Tetouan.
Shevtsova has founded and developed the sociology of the theatre as an integrated discipline and founded the Sociology of Theatre and Performance Research Group at Goldsmiths, an international group with a strong PhD student division responsible for organising annual international interdisciplinary colloquia. She designed and teaches the MA Performance and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives at Goldsmiths. She founded and led the annual Conversations series, where her invited guests for public interview and discussion have included Eugenio Barba, Lev Dodin, Declan Donnellan, Thomas Richards and Mario Biagini (Workcentre of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, Pontedera), Grzegorz Bral and Anna Zubrzicki (Song of the Goat), and Jaroslaw Fret and performers of Teatr ZAR, who, in 2015, returned with a lecture demonstration of their Armine, Sister.
She was Director of Research and Graduate Studies of the Department of Drama (now Theatre and Performance), a member of the Goldsmiths Postgraduate Committee, a founding member of the Board of the Graduate School and of the Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee, and was a member of numerous other committees across the University.
An elected member (1996-2004) of the Executive Committee of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT), she also served as the Chair of the IFTR New Scholars’ Prize from 1997-2002. She was Secretary-Treasury and editor of the Newsletter of the Research Committee 37 Sociology of the Arts of the International Sociological Association (ISA, 1990-1994) and the Vice-President of this Research Committee from 1994-1998. She was a member of the research team of the Centre de functions imaginaires et sociales des arts at the EHESS and of the Equipe de Recherche en Scénologie, l’Université de Paris VIII. Since 2011, she has been an elected member of the Academia Europaea.
The principles of the sociology of the theatre, which Maria Shevtsova has pioneered, inform her specialist work in French and Russian theatre, the latter including Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, and, among contemporaries, Anatoly Vasilyev, Yury Butusov and Lev Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg. Her research encompasses a wide range of European directors (thus also Eastern European directors) and directors working primarily in Europe, thus Robert Wilson. She is particularly focused on directors who collaborate closely with actors in the context of ensemble theatre – Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil, among others. She works on dance (she has a dance background and has worked as a dance reviewer) and with such groups in the Grotowski lineage as Teatr ZAR. She continues to develop the theoretical and methodological principles of the sociology of the theatre.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2017. Interdisciplinary Approaches and the Sociology of Theatre Practices. Culture Teatrali(26), pp. 70-79. ISSN 1825-8220
Shevtsova, Maria. 2017. Revolutions Remembered: the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow 2017. New Theatre Quarterly, 33(3), pp. 288-298. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2016. Political Theatre in Europe: East to West, 2007-2014. New Theatre Quarterly, 32(2), pp. 142-156. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2016. The Baltic House Theatre Festival, St Petersburg: Twenty-Five Years On. New Theatre Quarterly, 32(1), pp. 61-67. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2015. Alive, Kicking – and Kicking Back: Russia's Golden Mask Festival 2015. New Theatre Quarterly, 31(3), pp. 232-240. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2014. Stanislavsky to Grotowski: Actor to Performer/Doer. New Theatre Quarterly, 30(4), pp. 333-340. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2014. Shakespeare in Gyula: Report on the Gyula Shakespeare Festival 2014. New Theatre Quarterly, 30(4), pp. 397-402. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. Shakespeare in Summer: Report on the Gyula Shakespeare Festival, 2013. New Theatre Quarterly, 29(4), pp. 394-398. ISSN 0266-464X
LeCompte, Elizabeth; Valk, Kate and Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. A Conversation on The Wooster Group's Troilus and Cressida with the RSC. New Theatre Quarterly, 29(3), pp. 233-246. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. Notes on 'Noteworthy' Productions at the Berlin Theatertreffen, 2013. New Theatre Quarterly, 29(3), pp. 294-301. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. The Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg, Chekhov and Uncle Vanya. International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) (online journal),
Shevtsova, Maria. 2012. Reasons for Joy and Reflection: Engaging with Shakespeare at the Craiova Festival. New Theatre Quarterly, 28(4), pp. 352-362. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2011. On Double Edge Theatre. Stacy Klein in Conversation with Maria Shevtsova. New Theatre Quarterly, 27(1), pp. 41-59. ISSN 0266-464X
Shevtsova, Maria. 2010. Maria Shevtsova in Conversation with Anna Zubrzycki and Grzegorz Bral, 'Song of the Goat Theatre: Finding Flow and Connection'. New Theatre Quarterly, 26(3), pp. 248-260. ISSN 0266-464x
Shevtsova, Maria. 2009. Maria Shevtsova in Conversation with Anatoli Vassiliev, 'Studio Theatre, Laboratory Theatre'. New Theatre Quarterly, 25(4), pp. 324-332. ISSN 0266-464x
Shevtsova, Maria. 2009. Maria Shevtsova in Conversation with Thomas Richards and Mario Biagini, 'With and After Grotowski'. New Theatre Quarterly, 25(4), pp. 336-359. ISSN 0266-464x
Shevtsova, Maria. 2009. Maria Shevtsova in Conversation with Jatinder Verma, 'The Generations of the Diaspora and Multiculturalism in Britain'. New Theatre Quarterly, 25(3), pp. 203-223. ISSN 0266-464x
Shevtsova, Maria. 2009. Lev Dodin Directs Grossman, O'Neill and Shakespeare. New Theatre Quarterly, 25(2), pp. 137-147. ISSN 0266-464x
Shevtsova, Maria. 2009. The Valery Fokin Festival at the Alexandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg. New Theatre Quarterly, 25(1), pp. 44-51. ISSN 0266-464x
Shevtsova, Maria. 2007. Maria Shevtsova in Conversation with Eugenio Barba, Reinventing Theatre. New Theatre Quarterly, 23(2), pp. 99-114. ISSN 0266-464x
Shevtsova, Maria. 2007. Maria Shevtsova in Conversation with Ann-Christen Rommen, Experiencing the Movement. New Theatre Quarterly, 23(1), pp. 58-66. ISSN 0266-464x
Shevtsova, Maria. 2007. Robert Wilson Directs 'When We Dead Awaken', 'The Lady From The Sea' and 'Peer Gynt'. Ibsen Studies, 7(1), pp. 84-104. ISSN 1502-1866
Shevtsova, Maria. 2002. Appropriating Pierre Bourdieu's champs and habitus for a sociology of stage productions. Contemporary Theatre Review, 12(3), pp. 35-66. ISSN 10267166
Shevtsova, Maria. 2004. Lev Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance. Routledge. ISBN 9780415334624
Shevtsova, Maria. 2019. Innovative Practices: Stanislavsky Directs Chekhov and Gorky. In: Amy Skinner, ed. Russian Theatre in Practice. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781474284431
Shevtsova, Maria. 2015. Living Archives and Politics: The Case of Recent Russian Theatre. In: Khalid Amine and Jaouad Radouani, eds. Memory and Theatre: Performing the Archive. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Performing Tangier International Conference. Tangier: Faculties of Letters and Humanities, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, pp. 31-45. ISBN 978-9954-36-338-6
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. Postdramatic, Non-aesthetic, and Other Signs of the Times. In: Jerzy Limon and Agnieszka Zukowska, eds. An Atomizing Theatre. Gdansk: wydawnictwo slowo/obraz terytoria, pp. 143-148. ISBN 978-83-931104-3-8
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. The Tempest: Declan Donnellan and Oskaras Korsunovas Look Backwards into the Abyss of Time. In: Anna Cetera, ed. Szekspiromania Andrzeja Zurowskiego: ksiega dedykowana pamieci. Warsaw: University of Warsaw Press, pp. 182-191. ISBN 9788323510741
Shevtsova, Maria. 2011. Deborah Warner Directs Hedda Gabler: Mercurial Pistols. In: Erika Fischer-Lichte; Barbara Gronau and Christel Weiler, eds. Global Ibsen: Performing Multiple Modernities. New York: Routledge, pp. 102-113. ISBN 9780415877138
Shevtsova, Maria. 2011. White and Black Magic: Robert Wilson's 'Einstein on the Beach' and 'The Black Rider'. In: Gerald Siegmund and Petra Bolte-Picker, eds. Subjekt: Theater. Beiträge zur analytischen Theatralität: Festschrift für Helga Finter zum 65. Geburtstag. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 245-257. ISBN 978-3-631-60680-3
Shevtsova, Maria. 2010. Multimedia and Performance: Decoration and Invention. In: Jerzy Limon and Agnieszka Zukowska, eds. Theatrical Blends: Art in the Theatre/Theatre in the Art. Gdansk: Theatrum Gedanense Foundation, pp. 97-109. ISBN 978-83-7453-989-0
Shevtsova, Maria. 2009. Cross-cultural Fields: Korean Shakespeare Productions in Global Context. In: Lee Hyon-u, ed. Glocalizing Shakespeare in Korea and Beyond. Seoul: Dongin Publishing, pp. 157-178. ISBN 9788955064131
Shevtsova, Maria. 2009. Maria Shevtsova in Conversation with Lev Dodin at Goldsmiths (conducted in Russian). In: , ed. Puteshestviye bzs kontsa: Dialogi s Mirom [Journey Without End: Dialogues with the World]. St Petersburg: Baltic Seasons, pp. 270-282. ISBN n/a
Shevtsova, Maria. 2007. Multiculturalism, Theatre and the Politics of Liberation: The Melbourne Workers Theatre and the Turkish Community. In: Glen D'Cruz, ed. Class Act: Melbourne Workers Theatre 1987–2007. Victoria: The Vulgar Press, pp. 88-103. ISBN 978-0-9775047-3-2
Shevtsova, Maria. 2006. The Theatre of Genet in Sociological Perspective. In: Clare Finburgh; Carl Lavery and Maria Shevtsova, eds. Jean Genet: Performance and Politics. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 44-54. ISBN 9781403994806
Finburgh, Clare. 2006. 'Micro-treatise on a Mini-politics': Genet, Individualism and Collectivity. In: Clare Finburgh; Carl Lavery and Maria Shevtsova, eds. Jean Genet: Performance and Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 79-91. ISBN 9780230595439
Shevtsova, Maria. 2002. The Russian Presence in Paris 1988–2000. In: David Bradby and Maria M. Delgado, eds. The Paris Jigsaw: Internationalism and the City's Stages. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 186-197. ISBN 0719061849
Conference or Workshop Item
Shevtsova, Maria. 2019. 'Interdisciplinary Performance Practices and Interdisciplinary Analysis'. In: Santiago a Mil International Theatre Festival. Santiago, Chile 16-17 January 2019.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2018. 'Problematics and Methodology of the Sociology of the Theatre – delivered in Russian'. In: Social-Economic Problems of Culture and Ar. Union of Theatre Professionals, Moscow, Russian Federation.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2017. 'Theatres of Long Duration – delivered in Russian'. In: 6th International Cultural Forum of St Petersburg ‘Revolutionary Tendencies in Theatre Aesthetics’. St Petersburg, Russian Federation.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2017. 'Stanislavski et Lev Dodin: à la recherche d’un acteur (co-) créateur (Stanislavsky and Lev Dodin: Searching for an Actor (Co-) Creator) – delivered in French'. In: Journees sur la pedagogie de l’acteur. Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique, Paris, France.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2016. 'Trends in Contemporary European Theatre'. In: Theatre and Theatre Research at the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century: Searches, Problems, Trends. Theatre School of Konstantin Raikin, Moscow, Russian Federation.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2015. 'Interdisciplinary Approaches and the Sociology of Theatre Practices'. In: Thinking the Theatre – New Theatrology and Performance Studies. Turin, Italy.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2015. 'Living Archives and Politics: The Case of Recent Russian Theatre'. In: Memory and Theatre: Performance the Archive. International Centre for Performance Studies, Tangier, Morocco.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. 'Meyerholdian Dimensions in the Work of Contemporary Directors'. In: Vsevolod Meyerhold's Theatre Practices. Wroclaw, Poland.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. 'Russian Plays and Novels in Contemporary German Theatre (in Russian)'. In: Conference for Directors and Theatre Critics at the Baltic House International Theatre Fesitval. St Petersburg, Russian Federation.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. 'Postdramatic, Non-theatre, and Other Signs of the Times'. In: Interdisciplinary Conference of the Shakespeare Festival, Gdansk. Gdansk.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. 'Russian Theatre Seen Through the Eyes of Foreign Critics (in Russian)'. In: Conference for Theatre Critics and Directors of the Golden Mask Theatre Festival. Moscow, Russian Federation.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2013. 'Stanislavsky's Ghost in Britain (in Russian)'. In: Stanislavsky and World Theatre in Celebration of Stanislavsky's Jubilee (150 Years Since His Birth). Moscow, Russian Federation.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2011. 'Directors Invent 'Theatricality': Focus on Vsevolod Meyerhold and Ariane Mnouchkine'. In: The Grotowski Institute Summer Seminars. Wroclaw, Poland.
Shevtsova, Maria. 2018. Dialogue between Maria Shevtsova and Aleksander Chepurov on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Artistic Work of Valery Fokin at the Aleksandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg – in Russian.