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Theatre Faculty & Staff
 Maria Ignatieva Maria Ignatieva, PhD
Associate Professor of Theatre

Areas of Expertise

   •  Russian Theatre History & Contemporary Russian Theatre
   •  Acting/Directing
   •  Children's Theatre


Maria Ignatieva, Associate Professor, Lima Campus, a Graduate Faculty Representative of the OSU Graduate Studies, defended her dissertation at the Moscow State Institute of Theatre Art in 1988. Before coming to America, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the Moscow Art Theatre School-Studio where she taught courses in Russian and Soviet Theatre. From 1984-1987 she was a Senior Curator of Youth, Children and Puppet Theatres at the U.S.S.R. Ministry of Culture. Ignatieva's portfolio includes more than 40 articles on contemporary Russian theatre and theatre history, as well as presentations on various aspects of Russian Theatre at the conferences and congresses of the International Federation of Theatre Researchers in UK, Australia, Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Finland, as well as at the Performance Studies , American Society for theatre Research, Comparative Drama, and American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies conferences. In 2004, Ignatieva received a COCA-COLA GRANT "CRITICAL DIFFERENCE FOR WOMEN." Her book Stanislavsky and Female Actors: Women in Stanislavsky's Life and Art was published in 2008(University Press of America). In 2010, Ignatieva was a co-organizer of the International Chekhov Conference, held at the Ohio State University (Columbus).

At Ohio State, Lima she directed over 20 plays plays, among them Uncle Vanya and Seagull by Anton Chekhov, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen. Initiator of the program Theatre for Young Audiences, Ignatieva wrote and directed eight plays for children (between 1995 and 2010), and guided children's theatre workshops.


   •  Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. Moscow State Institute of Theatre Art 1979-1988