Aleksey Vadimovich Bartoshevich was born into a theatrical family, closely affiliated with MXAT: he was the grandson of V.I Kachalov and the son of Vadim Vasilyevich Shverubovich, the founders of the design faculty of the School-Studio of MXAT. In 1971, he graduated from the theatre criticism faculty of GITIS, named after A.V. Lunacharskiy (now RATI), and in 1964, finished a master’s program at the same institute. He developed the traditions of his own teachers: G.N. Boyadzhiev and A.A. Anikst. He is the head of the department of foreign theatre history at RATI and the head of the department of contemporary Western art at the State Institute of Art History. At RATI, he teaches a course on the history of foreign theatre, in which much space is occupied by Shakespeare and aspects of theatre related to his craft. He has been named a Doctor of Art History (1985), Professor (1986), and a Distinguished Person of Science (1996). He received the K.S. Stanislavskiy Prize, and the “Seagull" Theatre Prize (2004) with a nomination for “Patriarch.” From 1987 to 1991, he was the secretary of the Union of Theatre Workers of the USSR.
Having become by far one of the brightest Shakespeare scholars in Russia, and having received international honors in that capacity, A.V. Bartoshevich serves as the chairman of the Shakespeare Commission, a part of the academic committee on “History of World Culture” of the Russian Academy of Sciences; he has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Shakespeare Association since 1996.