Famous Theatre Directors from Russia

List of notable or famous theatre directors from Russia, with bios and photos, including the top theatre directors born in Russia and even some popular theatre directors who immigrated to Russia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Russian theatre directors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These theatre directors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known theatre director from Russia is included when available.

People include everything from Leonid Kvinikhidze to Oleg Tabakov.

This historic theatre directors from Russia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Russian theatre directors of note?" and "Who are the most famous theatre directors from Russia?" These prominent theatre directors of Russia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Russian theatre directors.

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  • Baron Caspar Wrede af Elimä (or Casper Wrede) (8 February 1929 in Viipuri, Finland – 25 September 1998 in Helsinki, Finland) was a Finnish theatre and film director.
  • Constantin Stanislavski
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    Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski (né Alexeiev; Russian: Константи́н Серге́евич Станисла́вский; 17 January [O.S. 5 January] 1863 – 7 August 1938) was a seminal Russian theatre practitioner. He was widely recognised as an outstanding character actor and the many productions that he directed garnered him a reputation as one of the leading theatre directors of his generation. His principal fame and influence, however, rests on his 'system' of actor training, preparation, and rehearsal technique.Stanislavski (his stage name) performed and directed as an amateur until the age of 33, when he co-founded the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre (MAT) company with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, ...more
  • Leonid Kvinikhidze is a television and film director, screenwriter and theatre director.
  • Oleg Pavlovich Tabakov (Russian: Олег Павлович Табаков; 17 August 1935 – 12 March 2018) was a Soviet and Russian actor and the artistic director of the Moscow Art Theatre.
  • Oleg Nikolayevich Yefremov (Russian: Оле́г Никола́евич Ефре́мов, 1 October 1927, Moscow, Soviet Union – 24 May 2000, Moscow, Russia) was a Soviet/Russian actor and Moscow Art Theatre producer. He was a People's Artist of the USSR (1976) and a Hero of Socialist Labour (1987).In 1949 he graduated from Moscow Art Theatre School and became an actor and later a producer of the Central Children Theater, started teaching at School-Studio by himself.Oleg Yefremov debuted as a film actor in the melodrama The First Echelon in 1955. Since then he was regularly acting in films, and his every appearance on screen turned to be a real event for millions of spectators. Some of his most notable roles were ...more
  • Ruben Simonov
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    Ruben Simonov (Russian: Рубен Николаевич Симонов (1 April 1899 in Moscow – 5 December 1968 in Moscow) was a Soviet actor and director, People's Artist of the USSR, Professor. Awarded by the State Prize of the USSR title (1943, 1947, 1950). Simonov was born in a family of Russian Armenians. Graduating from the Moscow State University, he then became an actor, starting his career at the Armenian drama studio in the Armenian House of Culture. In 1939 he became director of the Vakhtangov Theatre. He also led the Armenian and Uzbek theatres of Moscow.