In 1978, after graduating from the GITIS named after A. V. Lunacharsky, he was accepted into the troupe of the Moscow Drama Theater. M. N. Ermolova. From November 1980 to the present, he is an artist of the Moscow Drama Theater on Malaya Bronnaya. The first years of work in the theater and the roles played in the performances of A. V. Efros, A. L. Dunaev and other directors put forward Shabaltas IM in a number of leading actors of the theater. For a quarter of a century, they played more than 70 roles of the classical and modern repertoire. Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1996). People's Artist of the Russian Federation (2015).