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Molly Flynn

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance


Molly lectures on the BA Theatre & Drama and BA Theatre Studies & English programmes.

Molly’s primary research is on twenty-first-century Russian and Ukrainian theatre. She holds an MA in Theatre and Performance from Brown University and a PhD in Slavonic Studies from the University of Cambridge. Molly’s forthcoming book Witness onstage: Documentary theater in twenty-first-century Russia (2019) traces the history and significance of contemporary Russia’s most socially engaged theatre practice.

In April 2019, Molly co-organised the international symposium ‘Depicting Donbas: Creative and critical responses to the war in Ukraine’, a series of events which brought artists and academics into dialogue to explore the role creative practices play in times of conflict. The series included presentations from leading Ukrainian artists and scholars as well as two performances by the Theatre of Displaced People. Learn more about the Depicting Donbas series here.

Before arriving at Birkbeck, Molly worked as a post-doctoral researcher on the AHRC funded project For Love or Money? Collaboration between amateur and professional theatre, based in the Department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance at Royal Holloway. Her work on the project explored the impact of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages initiative.

In addition to her work as a researcher, Molly is also a performer and maker of documentary theatre. From 2008-11 she lived and worked in Moscow during which time she performed the role of Gerda in the Joseph Beuys Theatre production, Legacy of Silence at Moscow’s Sakharov Centre. Since relocating to the UK, Molly has continued to work with many of Eastern Europe’s leading documentary theatre artists as a dramaturg, performer, and producer. Molly’s research has appeared in New Theatre QuarterlyContemporary Theatre ReviewRiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Problems of Post-CommunismOpen Democracy, and Calvert Journal. See a full list of Molly's publications here.