Zhaksylykova Meruyert Bolatkankyzy is a theatre critic, PhD in art history, Associate Professor of the T.Zhurgenov Kazakh National Arts Academy. Member of the Union of Theatre Workers of Kazakhstan. In 2002 she graduated from the T.Zhurgenov Kazakh National Arts Academy on the specialty “Theatre History”, having trained in the workshop of the Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan, awardee of the State Prize, theatre critic Ashirbek Sygai.
In 2002 – 2003 she worked as a dramaturg at the K.Kuanyshbayev Kazakh Academic Music and Drama Theatre in Astana. In 2003 – 2006 she obtained postgraduate education at the Chair of History and Theory of Theatre Art of the T.Zhurgenov Kazakh National Arts Academy, in 2010 she presented her PhD dissertation on the theme “The Peculiarities of Development of Kazakh Professional Acting”. The scientific supervisor – PhD in art history, Professor Saniya Kabdiyeva.
Since 2006 she has been the editor of the republican association “The Union of Theatre Workers of Kazakhstan”, since 2009 – an executive secretary of this organization. Since 2011 she has been performing duties of the executive secretary of the “Teatr.kz” republican journal of literature and theatre criticism.
Since 2008 she has been working at the Chair of History and Theory of Theatre Art at T.Zhurgenov Kazakh National Arts Academy as a lecturer, senior lecturer and Associate Professor. She lectures in subjects such “Theatre Criticism”, “History of Foreign Theatre”, “Theory of Drama”, “Contemporary World Theatre Process” etc. Participates in training professional actors, directors and theatre critics, including MA students and doctoral students of the specialty “Theatre History”.
The articles of Zhaksylykova M.B. have been published in periodicals since 1998. She is the author of a number of articles on the contemporary theatre process. In the collective monograph of 2008 entitled “The History of World Theatre” published in the “World Art History” series, Zhaksylykova M.B. wrote such sections as “Theatre of Classicism”, “German Theatre”, “Indian Theatre”. In 2014 her monograph “The Peculiarities of Development of Kazakh Professional Acting” came out.
Since 2006 she has been a jury member of international, republican and regional theatre festivals, has been giving her critical opinion on performances.
Since 2010 she has been the organizer and chairman of the expert commission of “Enlikgul” Professional Prize at the Union of Theatre Workers of Kazakhstan. Winner of the Republican Theater Festival in the category «Best Theater Critic» (2017). She was awarded the medal “20 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, a Certificate of Commendation of the Union of Theatre Workers of Kazakhstan.