Timofey Kulyabin

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Timofey Kulyabin
Тимофей Александрович Кулябин, 2015.jpg
Born (1984-10-10) 10 October 1984 (age 36)
Izhevsk, USSR
OccupationTheater director

Timofey Alexandrovich Kulyabin (Russian: Тимофей Александрович Кулябин; born 10 October 1984 in Izhevsk, USSR) is a Russian theater and opera director.[1]


Kulyabin is one of the most prominent young theatre directors nowadays in Russia. After graduating from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (course of Oleg Kudryashov) in 2007 he is successfully working in drama and opera theatres throughout the country and abroad. In his record are already 15 drama and 2 opera productions. Critics mark his ability to switch between large and chamber stages with equally strong and original concepts. All of his productions of the classic dramas and operas creates a big resonance in professional and non-professional theater community. Kulyabin's Onegin in the Red Torch theatre has been awarded a special prize of the Russian Performing Arts Festival and National Theater Award Golden Mask.[2],[1]

Timofey Kulyabin nominated by Golden Mask award
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image icon Tannhäuser Venusberg scene

His production of Wagners Tannhäuser in December 2014 took place with a great ctitic's acclaim[3] in Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Its cast included Wagnerian Heldentenor Stig Fogh Andersen, Irina Churilova as Elisabeth, and Dmitry Ulyanov [ru] as Landgrave. Some aspect of the production, notably the depiction of Tannhäuser in the Venusberg scene, led to criminal proceedings following a complaint by the Orthodox archbishop of Novosibirsk and Berdsk, Tikhon (Leonid Grigorevich Emelyanov). A court later dismissed those allegations.[4] Subsequently, the Minister of Culture, Vladimir Medinsky, dismissed the theatre's director, Boris Mezdrich, and appointed Vladimir Kekhman as the new director, who then canceled all further performances.[5]

After the success of his Onegin and #shakespearsonnets in the Theatre of Nations in Moscow, he has been invited to the Bolshoi Theatre to create a new Don Pasquala production in April 2016. Recently Kulyabin took the position of artistic director of the Red Torch theatre in Novosibirsk.[1]



  • 2007

«The Queen of Spades» after Alexander Pushkin

All-Russian Festival «Volga Theatre Seasons» in Samara; award in «Best Director» nomination.

Theatre Festival/Contest «Paradise» organized by Novosibirsk Branch of the Russian Theatre Association; award in «Best Director’s Debut» nomination.

  • 2008

«A Mortal Trick» by Oleg Antonov

Theatre Festival «Siberian Transit» in Barnaul; an honorary diploma.

  • 2009

«Macbeth» by William Shakespeare

Regional Theatre Festival «Paradise» in Novosibirsk; award in «The Best Staging Concept» nomination.

  • 2010

Award «A Person of the Year» of culture and art (Novosibirsk)

  • 2013

«Electra» by Euripides

Theatre award of Moscow daily newspaper « Moskovskij Komsomolets», award in best small scale production nomination

«Onegin» by Alexander Pushkin

National Theatre Festival «Golden Mask», Drama and Puppet Theatre Jury`s Special Award

  • 2014

«Kill» «Best production» award of Theatre Festival «New Siberian Transit»

  • 2015

Personal Grant of the Government of Russian Federation


Theatre award of Moscow daily newspaper « Moskovskij Komsomolets», award in best small scale production nomination

  • 2016

«Tannhäuser» by Richard Wagner

«Production of the year» award by magazine «Muzykalnoye obozrenie»

Audience сhoice award «Teatral», award in best musical production nomination

«Three sisters» by Anton Chekhov

«Production of the year» award by Theatre Critics Association

  • 2017

«The three sisters» by Anton Chekhov

National Theatre Festival «Golden Mask», Drama and Puppet Theatre Jury`s Special Award «Ensemble in the play»[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "People". www.bolshoi.ru. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  2. ^ "Тимофей Кулябин". Golden Mask. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  3. ^ "Experts fear Tannhauser case a warning, despite dismissal" by Yekaterina Sinelschikova, Russia Beyond the Headlines, 12 March 2015
  4. ^ "Court throws out claims Novosibirsk opera offended Orthodox believers" by Anna Liesowska and Derek Lambie, The Siberian Times, 13 March 2015
  5. ^ "Novosibirsk theater director fired over Tannhäuser opera scandal", Russia Beyond the Headlines, 31 March 2015

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