Julia Smeliansky

Prior to coming to Cambridge, Julia Smeliansky (Lady with a Lapdog co-translator and administrative director/faculty of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University) co-produced and participated in numerous international cultural projects and exchanges. These included the Centennial American Tour of the Moscow Art Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the American Tour of the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre of Saint Petersburg, the Maya Plisetskaya Gala at The City Center in New York, the Stars of Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet at Lincoln Center, the tour of The National Japanese Noh Theatre in Moscow, and the Revizor Project between the Yale School of Drama and the St. Petersburg Theatre Academy. She was also an associate producer of a three-part documentary on the Moscow Art Theater (MXAT) and Konstantin Stanislavsky, in collaboration with Channel 7 in Paris. Ms. Smeliansky has contributed as a cultural correspondent to several Russian magazines and newspapers including Moskovsky Nabludatel, Teatr, Domovoi, Moskovskie Novosti, Kultura, and Argumenty I Fakty. Her translations of contemporary American and European playwrights have been produced at many major Russian and American theaters including the Moscow Art Theater, the Pushkin Theatre. Vakhtangov Theater of Moscow, and the Komissarzhevskaya Theatre of St. Petersburg, Lincoln Center, Swine Theater Company among others. She currently teaches a number of courses at the A.R.T. Institute. Ms. Smeliansky is a Lecturer in Theater, Dance and Media Concentration, and the Director of the First-Year Arts Program at Harvard. Ms. Smeliansky is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama in theater management and holds an MFA in art history from Moscow State University.