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M.F.A. Vakhtangov Theater Institute, Moscow, Russia
Andrei Malaev-Babel is the Head of Acting and an Associate Professor of Theatre at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Malaev-Babel has served on the faculty of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is a member of the international faculty and on the board of MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association in New York City. Since 1997, Mr. Malaev-Babel has served as the Producing Artistic Director for the Stanislavsky Theater Studio (STS), an award-winning company and conservatory in Washington, DC. For STS, he co-adapted, directed and/ or played leading roles in productions such as Goethe’s Faust, Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Chekhov’s The Seagull, Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor, Brian Friel’s Fathers and Sons, Moliere’s Le Malade Imaginaire, Gogol’s Dead Soulsand Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. In 2000 he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as an Outstanding Director for the STS production of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. Under Mr. Malaev-Babel’s artistic direction, the company received five Helen Hayes Award nominations and won two consecutive Helen Hayes Awards. His productions were presented at The Kennedy Center and The National Theater in Washington, DC, where he also appeared as a performer.
Mr. Malaev-Babel’s reputation as one of the leading experts on the Stanislavsky/ Vakhtangov/Michael Chekhov theater techniques, brought him special engagements and commissions from institutions such as The Smithsonian Institution, The World Bank, The Keenan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Russian Embassy in the US. He is working nationally and internationally, conducting workshops, presenting and performing for conferences, festivals and theater programs, including St. Petersburg Theater Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia), Volkov Theater Institute (Yaroslavl, Russia), The University of Windsor (Canada), Stanford University, Actors Movement Studio (New York, NY) and The Arena Stage Theater (Washington, DC), Young Vic Theatre (London, UK), Michael Chekhov Studio London (UK).
In July of 2001, Mr. Malaev-Babel’s one-man show Babel: How It Was Done In Odessa was presented by the United Nations in Moscow in support of the Red Ribbon AIDS Russia and CIS – Entertainment stars against AIDS campaign. The same year it was performed in Odessa, Ukraine at the Odessa Philharmonic and at the First International Literary Festival. Mr. Malaev-Babel’s production of My Mocking Happiness, based on Anton Chekhov’s original correspondence, opened the program of the 8th International Volkov Theater Festival in Yaroslavl, Russia in October of 2007. He is the author of the Guide to the Psychological Gesture Techniquepublished in the 2003 Routledge edition of Michael Chekhov’s seminal book, To the Actor. Mr. Malaev- Babel’s groundbreaking volume of Yevgeny Vakhtangov’s heritage, The Vakhtangov Sourcebook, came out from Routledge in March of 2011. His Yevgeny Vakhtangov, the first English-language monograph on the Russian theatrical innovator, came out from Routledge in September of 2012.
Andrei Malaev-Babel is a graduate of the renowned Vakhtangov Theater Institute in Moscow, Russia. He trained and worked under Alexandra Remizova, co-founder of the Vakhtangov Theater, Stanislavsky’s student and Vakhtangov’s protégé. In 1985, he co-founded the Moscow Chamber Forms Theater, one of the first private professional theater companies in Russia.
The Vakhtangov Sourcebook, Routledge, London and New York, 2011.
Guide to the Psychological Gesture Technique. In the 2007 Routledge’s edition ofPhysical Theatres, A Critical Reader and in the 2003 Routledge edition of Michael Chekhov’s To the Actor.