"I' will never meet a group of teachers as collectively wonderful again as the Moscow Art Theatre Semester teachers. Nothing could compare to their knowledge, passion, and ability to bring out the best in all of us through hard work." - Rachel Anderson, Fall '01

  • Anatoly Smeliansky

    Anatoly Smeliansky

    President/Russian Theater History

    Russia's foremost biographer of Stanislavsky and a leading writer, scholar and critic of Russian theater, Dr. Smeliansky is the Associate Artistic Director of the Moscow Art Theatre and the President of the Moscow Art Theatre School. He is Editor-in-Chief of Complete Works by Stanislavsky and “The Moscow Art Theatre: 100 Years”. His books include “Is Comrade Bulgakov Dead?” and “Russian Theater After Stalin”. Dr. Smeliansky has lectured on Russian theater in the United States at Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton and Yale, as well as the Sorbonne in France and at Cambridge and Oxford in England. He is one of the founders of the MFA program in acting and dramaturgy at Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training and their Moscow Art Theatre School USA.

  • Galina Aksenova

    Galina Aksenova

    History of Cinema

    Galina is a theater and film historian, critic, author and producer. She studied at the Institute of Theater, Music and Choreography in St. Petersburg and received her PhD at Moscow's State Institute of Theater Art. She currently serves as the Associate Professor of Cinema for the Moscow Art Theatre School.

  • Igor Zolotovitsky

    Igor Zolotovitsky


    Igor graduated the Moscow Art Theatre School in 1983. Upon graduation, Igor became a member of the Moscow Art Theatre Company. Since 1989, Igor Zolotovitsky has been a teacher with the Moscow Art Theatre School and in 2002 gained the title of Master Teacher. Igor regularly works with international programs in Moscow such as the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute and the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. Igor has taught acting in Paris, Italy, and Spain. He is currently the leading actor at the Moscow Art Theatre. Credits include work in Russian TV and cinema. He is currently the Dean of the Moscow Art Theater School.

  • Sergei Zemstov

    Sergei Zemstov


    Sergei graduated from the theater school in Gorky, Russia in 1979. Upon his graduation, Sergei worked as an actor in Gorky Youth Theater and Gorky Academic Drama Theater. In 1983, Sergei graduated the Moscow Art Theatre School and worked in many different Moscow theaters. From 1991 to 1997, Sergei worked in Paris at “Ecole du Passage” theater school. Sergei has worked as a director in Paris, New York, and in Moscow. In 1994, Sergei began teaching acting at MATS and since 2002 has worked as a master teacher. Sergei is the Dean of the MATS Acting Department. Sergei has worked with different international programs including the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute, American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, and Wayne State University).

  • Ilja Bocharnikovs

    Ilja Bocharnikovs


    Ilja graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School in 2006. In 2015, he graduated from the directing program at the Meyerhold Centre. He worked as an actor at the Stanislavsky Theater in Moscow from 2010-2013. Ilja has also directed two season at the Theatre-studio Yorick in Riga. From 2010, Ilja has been working as an adjunct professor of drama at the Moscow Art Theatre School. In 2011, Ilja directed Stairway to Heaven with MATS students, followed by a production of Our Town in 2013 (nominated “Best Student Show of the Year”.) Ilja has directed many shows and showcases at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas in Moscow. Ilja works with many international programs at MATS including the National Theater Institute's undergraduate fall semester, A.R.T. graduate spring semester, and Wayne State University). Ilja also works abroad in Latvia, Hungary (Theater Institute in Kaposavar), Germany, and the United States (Stanislavsky Summer School in Boston and A.R.T. Harvard).

  • Olge Topolyansky

    Olge Topolyansky


    Olge graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School in 1995 and has been an actor of the Moscow Art Theatre since 2001. Oleg is the leading actor in Moscow Art Theatre and Tabakov Theater, Pushkin Theater, and the Moscow Theatre managed by A. Dzhigarkhanya. Since 1995, Oleg has worked as an acting teacher at MATS and works with the international programs (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute, Butler University, and the State University of New York). Oleg also works as an acting teacher at Raikin Theater School in Moscow and has taught in the U.S. and Spain.

  • Mikhail Milkis

    Mikhail Milkis


    Mikhail graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School in 2006 and worked at the Russian Academic Youth Theater and at Russian Army Theater. He graduated the Meyerhold Center’s directing program where his  show Viy won the award for “Best Experimental Work”. He has participated in many well-known Russian theater festivals such as “Golden Mask” and “Territory”. In 2009, he became an acting professor at the Moscow Art Theater School. His show Five Labours became a headliner in “Your Chance Festival” and is still playing in Moscow. Since 2015, he has been working at the Vaktangov’s Theater First Studio where he produced Aristophanes’ The Birds. He has been a participant of theater seminars at Yale University and in New York City, he has worked in Latvia and Spain.

  • Vladimir Sazhin

    Vladimir Sazhin


    Vladimir graduated the Vakhtangov Theater Institute in 1982. In 1993, he graduated the Droznin Program at the Vakhtangov Theater Institute (MFA in Stage Movement). He has also worked at the Stanislavsky Theater as an actor and as a plastic director throughout different theater schools in Russia. He is a movement teacher at the Moscow Art Theater School and director of plastic performances.

  • Renat Mamin

    Renat Mamin


    Renat is a graduate of the Igor Moiseev Folk Dance Ensemble and was a leading soloist of the company for many years. He works as a dance teacher at the Moscow Art Theatre School and at the Raikin Theater School. He also works with international programs at MATS including the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute, A.R.T., Wayne State University, and Butler University. He has choreographed many shows in Moscow.

  • Vyacheslav Rybakov

    Vyacheslav Rybakov

    Stage Combat

    Vyacheslac graduated the Yaroslavl State Theater University and Vakhtangov Theatre Institute- Droznin Program.  He works at the Moscow Art Theatre School and at the Raikin Theater School as a stage combat teacher. He also works as a stage combat director for theatrical projects across Moscow.

  • Marina Smirnova

    Marina Smirnova


    Marina has been the leading teacher of voice and singing at the Moscow Art Theatre School for more than 20 years.

  • Oleg Tabakov

    Oleg Tabakov

    Artistic Director

    Oleg is one of the most celebrated Russian stage and film actors. Artistic Director of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre (since 2000) and the Tabakov Theatre (since 1986), he was among the founding members of The Sovremennik [Contemporary] Theatre. He has been seen in about 200 roles at the Sovremennik and at the Moscow Art, including Malvolio in The Twelfth Night, Brother Lymon in Ballad Of A Sad Café by Albee, Salieri in Amadeus by Shaffer, Moliere in Bulgakov’s Moliere. His most well-known appearances for western audiences are Oblomov in Oblomov, Scherbuk in Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano, Pyotr Rostov in War and Peace, and Iskremas in Glow, My Star, Glow! He directed over 30 productions in Europe and the United States. He was the head of the MXAT School between 1986 and 2000. His teaching credentials include Paris Conservatoire, British American Drama Academy, Akademie Der Künst in Hamburg, Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Juilliard School and NYU. He is the recipient of the highest national and international awards for artistic excellence, including the title of People’s Artist of the Soviet Union, USSR, and Russian State Prizes for the Arts.

  • Viktor Shilkrot

    Viktor Shilkrot

    Stage Design

    Viktor is the Dean of the MATS Stage Design Department. He graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School in 2001. He has designed many shows at theaters throughout Moscow and across Russia. He has been a professor of the MATS Stage design Department since 2002.

  • Elena Lisina

    Elena Lisina

    Russian Language

    Elena is the Russian language instructor for the students of the Moscow Art Theatre Semester.

  • Rachel Jett

    Rachel Jett

    NTI Artistic Director

    Rachel Jett has been a faculty member at the National Theater Institute since 1998 and is an alum of the NTI, NTI-Advanced Directing, and Moscow Art Theatre Semesters. A 2006 Baryshnikov Fellow, she holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theater Writing Program and is the first American aspirant to Andrei Droznin, master teacher of movement at the Vakhtangov Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Rachel is one of the few practitioners teaching his method of Russian movement in the United States. Named “One of 50 to Watch” by Dramatist Magazine, she is a lyricist/librettist and a former company member of the Helen Hayes Award-winning Stanislavsky Theater Studio and SYNETIC Theater in Washington, D.C. In 2014, she appeared in a short film written by Donna Di Novelli.

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