Ilya Shagalov was born in 1986 in Krasnodar. In 2008 he graduated with a degree in Acting from Krasnodar National University of Culture and Arts. After his studies in Krasnodar, he entered the Kirill Serebrennikov group at Moscow Art Theatre School, which later has grown into the Studio Seven.
As a director, Shagalov worked on the following projects: a stage essay “Dominus Morfius” based on the texts of Sartre and Dostoevsky (within the project “The Theatrical Almanac”), the production “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls” by Margaret Miroshnik (The Center of Dramaturgy and Directing), “Funny Dreams” based on “A Dream of a Ridiculous Man” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (the Project Platform), the opera “Minotaur Dreams” (The Theatre of Nations), a show in Schaubühne theatre (Berlin, Germany).
Since 2004, Ilya Shagalov has also worked as video designer and VJ. He participates in different visual art festivals. In collaboration with Kirill Serebrennikov he produced the video design for “Kijé” (The Moscow Art Theatre), “Around Zero” (Oleg Tabakov Theatre), “Woyzeck” (The National Theatre of Latvia), “A Midsummernight’s dream” and “The Hunting of the Snark” (The Studio 7). Ilya Shagalov is an up-and-coming director-experimenter. His works feature eccentric forms, mixed genres and various means of expression from visual art to live music.