Distinguished Artsmaker of Russia, Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation

Sergei Zhenovach

Sergei Zhenovach was born May 15, 1957. Hegraduated from the Directors' department ofGITIS (Pyotr Fomenko's workshop) in1988and immediately began teaching inthe same department. Since 2001Zhenovach has been aprofessor and the artistic director inthe joint directors' and actors' workshop inthe Directing Department ofthe Russian Academy ofTheatre Arts (GITIS). In2004hebecame Head ofthe Directing Department.

From 1988to1991Zhenovach worked atthe Chelovek Theatre-Studio where hestaged such productions asPannochka byNina Sadur after Nikolai Gogol's Viy (1988) andIllusion byPierre Corneille (1989).

From 1991to1998heworked asadirector atthe Malaya Bronnaya Theatre (assuming the position ofChief Director in1996). During those years hedirected King Lear byWilliam Shakespeare (1992), and atheatrical trilogy, The Idiot (1995), based onFyodor Dostoyevsky's novel.

In1993the repertoire ofthe newly-founded Pyotr Fomenko Workshop Theatre embraced several productions staged byZhenovach with Fomenko's students. These included Vladimir, Third Class, after Nikolai Gogol (1991) and The Sound and the Fury, after William Faulkner (1993). In1996hestaged Ivan TurgenevsAMonth inthe Country for the Fomenko Workshop Theatre. This production participated inthe Avignon theatre festival in1997.

In1994, 1996and 1997Zhenovach staged productions ofplays byAnton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen and William Shakespeare inNorway.

In2000Zhenovach director Alexander GriboedovsWoe from Wit onthe mainstage ofthe venerable Maly Theatre. Returning tothe same theatre in2002hestaged Alexander OstrovskysTruth isGood, but Happiness isBetter, which won aGolden Mask award (special prize ofthe jury for Best Ensemble), and the Union ofTheatre Workers' Highlight ofthe Season award. Coming back tothe Maly again in2005, hedirected MolieresThe Imaginary Invalid, which won the Golden Mask inthe nomination ofBest Large Scale Production.

In2004Zhenovach staged Mikhail BulgakovsThe White Guard atthe Moscow Art Theatre.

InNovember 2004Zhenovach mounted aproduction called Boys with his students from the Russian Academy ofTheatre Arts. This was adramatization ofnine chapters from Fyodor Dostoevskysgreat novel, The Brothers Karamazov. Zhenovach won the Crystal Turandot theatre award for his direction ofthis production. Inthe spring of2005Zhenovach and his GITIS graduates hosted afestival Six Plays inWaiting for aTheatre ofall their student productions. Shortly thereafter hefounded anew theatre, the Studio ofTheatrical Art. In2006Boys was double nominated for Golden Mask awards for Best Small-Scale Performance and Best Director.

Some ofZhenovachsfirst productions athis new theatre were AFamily inDecline, after Nikolai Leskov's novella (awarded with Golden Masks inthree nominations), 2006; The Gamblers byNikolai Gogol, 2007; The Battle for Life, after Charles Dickens's novel (winner ofthe Golden Mask inthe category ofBest Small-Scale Production), 2008; The River Potudan after ashort story byAndrei Platonov, 2009(winner ofthe Golden Mask inthe category ofBest Small-Scale Production); Three Years, after astory byAnton Chekhov, 2009; and Notebooks after Anton Chekhovsdiaries, 2010.

Zhenovach's style isdistinguished byhis attention tothe author's text, and byhis experimental work seeking toadapt Russian and international prose into the language oftheatre.
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