Alexander Y. Popov


(12.5.1964 14.10.2019)

Graduate ofthe Russian Academy ofTheatre Arts/GITIS (MFA inTheatricology), hejoined Tabakov Studio Theatre in1981tobecome its first Literary Manager and later Executive & Literary Director. Hewas anapprentice atthe Moscow Art Theatre (1983-1985), and anintern atthe Royal National Theatre inLondon (1989) and atthe American Repertory Theatre inBoston (1991). In1990-91Mr.Popov co-produced The Acting Company/Tabakov Theatre touring exchange of16cities inthe USA and the former Soviet Union. In1992heco-founded (with Oleg Tabakov) Stanislavsky Summer School inCambridge, MA, and remains its President. Mr.Popov taught drama history atCarnegie Mellon University (1993-1997), where hewas also Program Manager for the Graduate Acting Program, and atthe Institute for Advanced Theatre Training atHarvard (1997-2000) where hewas Administrative Director. In2005heestablished ArtsLand Festival inBoston showcasing European playwrights and directors. Heserved asRussian coordinator for The Ford Foundation Theatre Management Program (1991, 1993), and asProject Director ofthe USIA/The Soros Foundation'Arts inRussia' project (1992). In2000-2003hewas General Manager ofthe Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre. His translation credits include Ostrovsky's Diary ofaScoundrel (directed byOleg Tabakov inMoscow in1996and produced byStudio Six inNew York City in2008), Copenhagen byMichael Frayn and Beast onthe Moon byRichard Kalinoski (currently playing atthe Moscow Art Theatre). His recent book, Against The Time: History ofaTheatre Basement, was published inMoscow in2008. Mr.Popov was Executive Producer atStage Entertainment Russia, where his credits includeMamma Mia! (2006) and Beauty and the Beast (2008). In2010hehas founded The Musical Theatre with Mikhail Shvydkoy, and has producedThirties Forever and The Embezzlers.After working inthe commercial sector for almost 10years, hereturned tothe Moscow Art Theatre asProducer ofInternational Projects. Heisalso Associate Head ofProducing and Theatre Management atthe Moscow Art Theatre School.