Lev Dodin was born in Novokuznetsk in 1944. He first experienced theatrical production as a child at the Theater of Youth Creativity (1957-1962) directed by Matvey Dubrovin. Studied at Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema under Boris Sohn and Georgy Tovstonogov which he graduated in 1966.
Between 1966 and 1982 he was a guest director in different theaters of Russia and abroad including Theater of Youth Creativity, Gorky Theater, MKhAT, Finnish National Theatre, Salzburg Festival, Florence Musical May festival, Milan La Scala.
In 1975 he started to work with Maly Drama Theater. In 1982 he became the artistic director of the theater and has led the theater since then.
Among Dodin' major works are:
- Brothers and Sisters by Fedor Abramov - a monumental show more than 8 hours long;
- The House by Fedor Abramov
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Stars in the Morning Sky by Alexander Galin
- Chevengur by Andrei Platonov
- The Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
and many others.
Honours and awards
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 3rd and 4th classes
- Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (France)
- People's Artist of the Russian Federation
- Russian Federation State Prize, twice (1992 and 2003).
- Prize of the President of the Russian Federation
- USSR State Prize
- 2001 Europe Theatre Prize.