NATALIA FEDOROVA (Movement) is the graduate of the Moscow State Institute of Culture (BA in Directing) and the Vakhtangov Theatre Institute (MFA in Stage Movement), where she has studied under Dr. Andrey Droznin, an internationally acclaimed movement coach and director. After graduating, she began teaching stage movement and jazz-dance to the acting students at the Moscow Art Theatre School, where she stayed until moving to the UK in 2009. Currently Natalia teaches pure movement at the Rose Bruford College, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and the Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts. Ms. Fedorova has taught stage movement at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Fordham University summer program (New York City), and conducted movement workshops at The Actor’s Studio (NYC), Princeton University, and East 15 (London). Natalia closely collaborates with Routledge Publishing House as a reader, translator and contributor to the Routledge Performance Archive. In 2011 Routledge released her translation of Andrey Droznin’s book, Physical Actor Training and a DVD of the same name featuring her teaching the Droznin Method to British students.
MIKHAIL LOBANOV (Acting) is Professor of Acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School and Tabakov College of Theatre. For many years he was a core company member of the Moscow Art Theatre, where he has developed his own system of training that incorporates Michael Chekhov’s research, Vakhtangov and Meyerhold exercises with the Stanislavsky System. This unique course is aimed at awakening the actor’s imagination, emotional memory and stage awareness. One of the founding members of the Stanislavsky Summer School, he joined the program in 1992. Mr. Lobanov is also the recipient of the honorary title of Distinguished Artist of Russia.
ALEXANDER MARINE (Acting) is the founding member of the Tabakov Studio Theatre in Moscow where he is an actor and a resident director. Among his acting credits are Khlestakov in The Inspector General, Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment, and Alan in Equus. His productions there include his own adaptation of The Idiot by Dostoevsky and The Sand Man by Hoffmann. He directed Uncle Vanya, Master and Margarita (in his own adaptation), Anthony and Cleopatra and The Winter’s Tale which was awarded the Best Production of the year in Quebec in '97 at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal. Mr. Marine taught acting and directing at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, National Theatre School of Canada, McGill and Concordia University. He is now working between Moscow and Montreal, Quebec, where he has directed The Emigrants, Swan, We and Hamlet for his own theatre company, Theatre Deuxieme Realite. Mr. Marine is also the recipient of the honorary title of Distinguished Artist of Russia.
ALLA POKROVSKAYA (Acting) had joined The Sovremennik [Contemporary] Theatre in Moscow in 1959 after graduating from the Moscow Art Theatre School. Her acting credits include Allison in Look Back In Anger by Osborne, Matilda in Henry IV by Pirandello, Natasha in Gorky’s The Lower Depths, Fru Alvig in The Ghosts by Ibsen, Mrs. Page in Merry Wives of Windsor. Ms. Pokrovskaya is Professor of Acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School where she directed The Fifth Column by Hemingway, Look Back in Anger by Osborne, Woe of Wit by Griboedov, The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov, and At the Bar of Tokyo Hotel by Williams. She has appeared on Broadway in 1996 in the Sovremennik production of Into the Whirlwind by Ginsburg (NY Drama Desk Award ‘97.) She is the recipient of several national awards including the title of People’s Artist of Russia and the Stanislavsky Award for excellence in teaching. Dr. Pokrovskaya has joined the Moscow Art Theatre company in 2004.
ADOLF SHAPIRO (Acting) is a graduate of Kotlyarevsky State Institute of Theatre Arts in Kharkiv, Ukraine (1962). He continued his work with Maria Klebel’s creative workshop. In 1962-1992 he was the Artistic Director of the Riga Youth Theatre, leading both Latvian and Russian companies of actors. Mr. Shapiro was Professor of Acting and Directing at the Riga State Conservatory where he graduated two acting and one directing classes before the theatre was closed at the order of the Latvian Ministry of Culture in 1992. Since 1993 Adolf Shapiro has been working as a freelance director and drama teacher. He has taught and lead workshops in the USA (Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Indianapolis, The University of Chicago), Germany (Berlin, Bad Pyrmont, National Theatre Munich), Poland (Teatr Ochoty), Israel (Gesher Theatre, Yiddishpiel Theatre), France (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Arts et Techniques du Théatre Lyon) and Italy (bi-annual festival METHODIKA 2007). In 2003 Mr. Shapiro was elected an Honored Doctor of the Department of Performing Arts of the Tallinn Theatre Academy and Fine Arts College in Viljandi, Estonia. Adolf Shapiro is a playwright whose works are staged both in Russia and abroad. He is also the author of two books, The Intermission and The Curtain Falls. Mr. Shapiro is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including the title of People’s Artist of Russia, Golden Mask and Stanislavsky Awards.
ANATOLY SMELIANSKY (Drama History) is the President of the Moscow Art Theatre School and MXAT Associate Artistic Director. Russia’s leading theatre writer, scholar, and critic, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Complete Works by Stanislavsky and The Moscow Art Theatre Encyclopedia. Dr. Smeliansky’s books, Our collocutors: Russian classics on Stage, Is Comrade Bulgakov Dead?.. (on the best 1995 theatre publications list of the American Theatre Magazine), Russian Theatre after Stalin and Given Circumstances were published in Russia, Great Britain and the United States. He taught Russian & Soviet theatre in major American schools (Columbia, CMU, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Yale), as well as in France (the Sorbonne) and the UK (Cambridge and Oxford). Dr. Smeliansky participated in numerous international theatre symposiums and conferences all over the world, and has facilitated the centennial celebration of the Moscow Art Theatre in 1998, and 150th anniversary of Stanislavsky in 2013. He is the recipient of several national awards for artistic excellence including the title of the Distinguished Artsmaker of Russia.
OLEG TABAKOV (Founding Director, Acting) is one of the most celebrated Russian stage and film actors. Artistic Director of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre (since 2000) and the Tabakov Theatre (since 1986), he was also among the founding members of The Sovremennik [Contemporary] Theatre in 1956. Mr. Tabakov has been seen in about 200 roles at the Sovremennik and the Moscow Art, including Malvolio in The Twelfth Night, Brother Lymon in Ballad Of A Sad Café by Albee, Salieri in Amadeus by Shaffer, and Moliere in Bulgakov’s Moliere. His most well-known appearances in front of the Western audiences are Oblomov in Oblomov, Scherbuk in Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano, Pyotr Rostov in War and Peace, and Iskremas in Glow, My Star, Glow! He has directed over 30 productions in Europe and the United States. Mr. Tabakov was the Dean of the MXAT School between 1986 and 2000. His teaching credentials include Paris Conservatoire, British American Drama Academy, Akademie Der Künst in Hamburg, Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Julliard School and NYU. Mr. Tabakov is also the recipient of the highest national and international awards for artistic excellence, including the title of People’s Artist of the Soviet Union, USSR and Russian State Prizes for the Arts.
YURI YEREMIN (Acting) is one of the leading Russian directors and master teachers of acting and directing. He has directed a number of productions that acclaimed highest national and international awards, including The Idiot and The Devils by Dostoevsky, The Old Man by Gorky, The Inspector General by Gogol, Madame Bovary by Flaubert and The Silver Age by Roschin. His award-winning production of Ward No. 6 has toured all over Europe, the USA and Canada, and took part in the New York Theatre Festival. Mr. Yeremin has been directing and lecturing in Europe and the United States (where he directed at the A.R.T. and The Hartford Stage). He is also the recipient of highest awards for artistic excellence including Russian and French decorations and the title of People’s Artist of Russia.
MARINA BELENKY (Program Director). For several years, Marina was Head of Design at the Russian Theatre Union in Moscow. She has served as an advisor to the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation, where she has organized and led numerous workshops, symposia and seminars. Before moving to the United States in 1990 she has co-produced and developed a variety of international cultural projects in Poland, the former Czechoslovakia, Japan, France and the United Kingdom. Since 1995 Ms. Belenky has been affiliated with the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she has served as Graduate Program Coordinator, and taught courses in Russian History and Language for drama majors. She is also teaching courses in History of Set Design and European Art History in colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh area while developing various international educational and cultural projects between Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Israel and the United States.
ALEXANDER POPOV (President & CEO). Graduate of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts/GITIS (MFA in Theatricology), he joined the Oleg Tabakov Studio Theatre in 1981 where he later became the Executive & Literary Director. He was an intern at the Moscow Art Theatre (1983-1985, under Anatoly Smeliansky), at the Royal National Theatre in London (1989), and at the A.R.T. (1991). In 1990-91 Mr. Popov co-produced The Acting Company/Tabakov Theatre touring exchange of 15 cities in the US and the former Soviet Union. He served as the Russian coordinator for The Ford Foundation Theatre Management Program, and as the Project Director of the USIA/The Soros Foundation 'Arts in Russia' project. Mr. Popov taught drama history at Carnegie Mellon University (1993-1997), where he was also the Program Manager for the Graduate Acting Program, and at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard (1997-2000), where he was also the Administrative Director. In 2000-2003 he was the General Manager of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre. His translation credits include Ostrovsky's Diary of a Scoundrel (produced by Studio Six in New York City in 2008), Copenhagen by Michael Frayn and Beast of the Moon by Richard Kalinoski (currently playing at the Moscow Art Theatre). His recent book, The Basement Theatre, was published in Moscow in 2008. Mr. Popov was Executive Producer at Stage Entertainment in Moscow, where he produced Russian productions of Mamma Mia! (2006) and Beauty and the Beast (2008). After working in the commercial sector for almost 10 years, he is now an International Producer at the Moscow Art Theatre and Associate Head of Producing and Theatre Management at the Moscow Art Theatre School.