Dr. Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva is a theatre director, teacher, and scholar, with an academic specialty in avant-garde theatre practices and the work of V.E. Meyerhold. She focuses on devised, physical, and trans-disciplinary theatre-making. She currently teaches directing, devising, drama, expressive movement, and film and theatre history at Dixie State University.
Syssoyeva pursued two related collaborations. These projects engaged Russian artists and academics and resulted in a performance, exhibition, and publication. The St. Petersburg Etudes, a collaboration with photographer and conceptual artist Farrah Karapetian, combined choreography based on Russian avant-garde aesthetics, theater performance, and camera-less photography. The second project was a collaboration with theatre historians O.M. Feldman and Sergei A. Konaev, to publish the complete writings of avant-garde director Vsevolod Meyerhold in English.