Dr. Jurgita Staniškytė is a theatre scholar and professor of Theatre Studies Department at Vytautas Magnus University. She has published four monographs and numerous scholarly articles as well as reviews on contemporary Lithuanian theatre in the context of the processes of Baltic stage art, performative aspects of post-soviet Lithuanian culture, creative communication, and audience research. She is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Vytautas Magnus University. She serves as the Board member of HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) and the Governing Board member of EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Cultural Heritage and Global Change. Since 2019 she chairs the Board of ‘Kaunas the European Capital of Culture 2022’.