Jurgita Staniškytė, Ph.D., heads the Faculty of Arts and is a Professor at the Theatre Studies Department, Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania). She has published numerous scientific and critical articles on contemporary Lithuanian theatre in the context of the processes of Baltic stage art, performative aspects of post-soviet Lithuanian culture, audience development and research. She actively participates in various scholarly and artistic organizations as well as art and research projects. Jurgita Staniškytė serves as a member of the Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities of the Research Council of Lithuania. She is also a board member of HERA - Humanities in the European Research Area. She has been a Fulbright scholar at the Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston and a visiting scholar at the Illinois University in Chicago and Columbia University, NYC. Jurgita Staniškytė has published four books: a monograph “Changing Signs: Lithuanian Theatre between Modernism and Postmodernism” (Vilnius, 2008), collective monographs “Post-Soviet Lithuanian Theatre: History, Memory, Identity” (Vilnius, 2014) and “Communicating Culture: Institutions, Strategies, Audiences” (Kaunas, 2015), “I teatri post-sovietici” (Roma, 2016).