Born in 1944 in Novokuzneck (Siberia), Lev Dodin graduated from the Theatre Institute in Saint Petersburg (at that time called Leningrad) in 1969. He worked as an assistant to the director in many theaters and quickly became a promising talent of his generation. From 1975 on, he worked at the Leningrad Maly Drama Theatre (known as Maly Drama Theater - Theatre of Europe today). First director, he became artistic director of the institution in 1983.
He created productions destined to become famous around the world: Brothers and Sisters, Gaudeamus, Chevengur, Uncle Vanya, The Demons, Platonov, King Lear, and others. During his career, Lev Dodin has received numerous awards: The Golden Mask, the Lawrence Olivier Award, the Europe Theatre Prize, the Prize of the Russian Presidency, and many more. Very attached to his training activity, he has also taught directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Saint Petersburg.