Polina Klimovitskaya
Former Assistant Professor (Acting) (Retired)


PhD, Yale University
MFA, State Theater University, Moscow, Russia

Dr. Klimovitskaya, who holds an MFA in Directing from State Theater University, Moscow, Russia, and a PhD from Yale University, started her work as an actress and director in Moscow. She studied acting with disciples of Stanislavsky and Vakhtangov, and directing with the last assistant of the great stage innovator, Meyerhold. In the U.S. she has performed at Yale Repertory Theater, and in the Academy Award-winning film Mollyís Pilgrim. Professor Klimovitskaya has directed numerous productions in Europe and in America, and is the founding director of the Terra Incognita Theater. She is a recipient of both the BACA Center for the Arts Award for her direction of Ida at the Window (Terra Incognita), and a Ruthberg Foundation Award for innovative teaching at Yale University. Dr. Klimovitskaya has taught at Yale University, New York University, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, the Stella Adler Studio, Hunter College, and the Michael Howard Studios in Manhattan.