Dr. Rūta Mažeikienė is an associate professor and researcher at the Theatre Studies department at Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania). She has published numerous scientific and critical articles on contemporary Lithuanian theatre and dance and has given presentations in a number of national and international theatre conferences. She contributes to various journals and magazines on contemporary culture and art, and is a member of an editorial board of the biennial peer reviewed academic journal Outline of Theatre Research (Teatrologiniai eskizai). Her academic experience includes research of contemporary Lithuanian theatre, focusing on different forms of acting and performing as well as strategies of participation and community involvement in contemporary theatre. She is a board member of the Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars (ANTS) and a member of International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) and European Association for the Studies of Theatre and Performance (EASTAP).