Vsevolod Meyerhold

Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874-1940) was a Russian and Soviet theatre director and actor best known for his biomechanics system of actor training and scenic constructivism. Meyerhold’s productions were largely anti-realistic in style. He was executed in February 1940, most likely under the orders of Josef Stalin, for refusing to adhere to socialist realism in his stage productions. Meyerhold was one of the most significant and influential theatre directors of the 20th century. – Justin Cash

Encyclopedia.com Biographical entry on Vsevelolod Meyerhold from Encylopedia.com

Comprehensive biography from the Meyerhold Memorial Museum. Also includes a detailed timeline of the events in Meyerhold’s life (archived).

Extensive biography of Meyerhold and his work in the theatre.

Brief biography of Meyerhold accompanied by numerous design images.

Very interesting biography of Vsevolod Meyerhold from Russia Beyond website.

Essay “Meyerhold and Stanislavsky: Art and Politics in the Russian Theatre (1898 -1940)“. This outstanding resource examines the effect Soviet politics had on the efforts of these two great Russian practitioners in their search for theatre (archived).


Biography of Meyerhold discussing the links between himself and Constantin Stanislavski.

Biography of Meyerhold with design images.

Away with the fourth wall of the conventional theatre … away with false realism or naturalism. – Vsevolod Meyerhold

Wikipedia entry on Vsevolod Meyerhold.