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Sphinx
10-06-2005, 11:19
Does anyone know of, take part in, or run a theatre group in Moscow, I am a professionally trained actor but I am now working in Moscow in another field but would love the chance to do some acting again. so if anyone could point me in the reight direction it would be very much appreciated.

jaq
10-06-2005, 20:44
Are you simply an actor or does your involvement in the theatre/ creative art go deeper?

gerol2000
12-06-2005, 23:56
There is a theatre group at American Private University Turo in Moscow. They play a few performances in English. Search the web with "turo", I forget this link now.
Try also applying to Alice Babington Hill from Britich Council here. She made a couple of performances there.
And the last opportunity is American students from Moscow Art Thetre School who play in a school studio regularly. If you come to MHAT (Kamergerski Lain) you will easily find their shedule on the bills.

Good luck! I am also an actor, but Russian.

Sphinx
13-06-2005, 17:30
Thank you for the info, and Jaq, I am involved somewhat deeper but not a great deal, I ran my own theatre company in London for a year, about a year ago, where I hired and worked along side a number of directors and did some directing myself as well and run some workshops. I have also done a little writting and am currently writing an theatrical adaptation of a Milan Kundra short story. Why do you ask? What's your position?

jaq
13-06-2005, 18:53
Im just generally interested. And also love Mulan Kunderas work!
My interest stems from a desire to become implicated in creative projects via a community wich has international reach. Have you ever heard of the Australien theatre company? their last production "bird brain" was/ is a post modern masterpiece in theatrical production! It is projects such as this; which see a melay of different fields such as design, multimedia art, music, performance and consept in a single production.
I am interested in formulating something new for the theatre in this post modern fasion. Do you like "beat"?

Xattie
14-06-2005, 16:01
The American students from the Moscow Art Theater have graduated, there will be more performances from the Harvard A.R.T. program next Spring, beginning in March.
In the meantime, there are a few performances in English at the Chekhov Theater Festival.

Shatneresque
14-06-2005, 19:37
There is a theatre group at American Private University Turo in Moscow. They play a few performances in English. Search the web with "turo", I forget this link now. Try also applying to Alice Babington Hill from Britich Council here. She made a couple of performances there.
Think this information is a bit out of date; last I heard, Alice was running her own theatrical school in England. Also believe that nothing ever came of the effort at Tuoro.... :cry:

Traveler
15-06-2005, 23:59
Is anyone interested in starting an English speaking theatre company in Moscow? Or does anyone know such a company already exists?

Just for fun. I miss it.

spudkin
17-06-2005, 21:27
When I first got here, i asked around alot looking for the mystical english-language theatre group. As much as i can find out, there is no such thing in existance, but lots of Expats looking for it.

Just to throw my lot in, I'm interested in joining anything that starts. My work schedual is finally looking like it may settle and my MA in Theatre (directing, history & theory), is rotting on the back shelf. :bookworm: :(

jaq
19-06-2005, 20:32
I am interested in trying to devise something new for the theatre as a member of an international group.

gerol2000
20-06-2005, 18:16
So am I. But the question is how to do it? I even have been thinking for years over some stage project. I personally guess that now is the right time for overcoming "cultural errogance" and reviving multicultural poetic theatre, the one similar to Stanislavskie's and Peter Brook's or Jan Lui Barro's.
But poetry makes no profit and now people only smile indulgently at offer like this.
Nowadays common and pitty obscenity reins. Not to come flourish I would like to add that "judge the flock by its priest". Alas...

jaq
21-06-2005, 17:46
Brother!
One could certainly judge the flock by its priest, but don't lets get started on religeon. I believe that poetry could see a revival, just that we will have to do it again, no? Not like before. People certainly still enjoy romantic notions.......

gerol2000
21-06-2005, 18:05
I meantioned priest metaphorically i.e. the Russian sosiety invisible rulers. One of those who once confessed spontaniously on TV that his childish dream was "to have lots of women and money".
Just imagine! I do not mind having lots of money and women but it was his CHILDISH dream!
Now people like him rein mass-media, and mostly cinematography and drama theatre. That's it, brother. :)

jaq
21-06-2005, 18:58
i had not missenterpreted what you were meaning. simply that i see "religeon" as reems of mindless followers [sorry if anyone takes offence to that] who belive what ever they are told by authorative figures.
linguistics seems to me to be the most enlightening tool with which one can understand classical religeous doctrine.. And a level of existentialism for that of political and social complication.

I does seem like you have an exelent basis for a stage play there. Infact I would struggle to find a better medium. And with such international implication. Although there is allways interventionism... - Voltz Theatre Karavane/ Triggerhappy in Newyork

Shatneresque
21-06-2005, 19:58
his childish dream was "to have lots of women and money".

There was was nothing "childish" about it, I assure you!

Peter Sellers as Dr. Albert T. Hopfnagle,
Where Does It Hurt?
Cinerama, 1972

jaq
21-06-2005, 20:47
I meantioned priest metaphorically i.e. the Russian sosiety invisible rulers. One of those who once confessed spontaniously on TV that his childish dream was "to have lots of women and money".
Just imagine! I do not mind having lots of money and women but it was his CHILDISH dream!
Now people like him rein mass-media, and mostly cinematography and drama theatre. That's it, brother. :)


There was was nothing "childish" about it, I assure you!

Peter Sellers as Dr. Albert T. Hopfnagle,
Where Does It Hurt?
1972

lol. but you have to admit that his comment was hardly a good reflection of those in power especialy considering the potential when so many people are passionate about global sociaty.

PS isn't it great how this site teaches HTML

gerol2000
21-06-2005, 22:26
Bitty remark... but I have been already well-assured by my "solisitous" compatriots. It's bitter to realize that hypocritical mingers with besexual garems are in power now.

spudkin
23-06-2005, 20:19
Here's an idea - I was talking with one friend of mine, a Russian, about exactly this topic. She suggested that it would be very interesting, and maybe even a small market for, a series of original readings by foriegners.

Should those readings be about the foriegner's perceptions of Russia, or rememberances of thier respective homelands, (and in bad foriegner Russian), this interest would surely be peaked. A sort of author-play in the tradition of the Russian bards. We could call it something like avtorskye-p'ecy, no-inostrannyi

What's everyone think? I'm up for the challenge. :)

gerol2000
23-06-2005, 21:14
Not bad idea! Needs consideration as well as spornsorship I supppose.

spudkin
23-06-2005, 21:30
I think mostly we would just need a space. Given enough time, we could probably spread word through the Internet, etc., friends-of-friends and that sort of thing. Doing it as reader's theater would mean costs would be minimal.

jaq
23-06-2005, 21:53
Why not record it and have some other stuff with the sounds? Or interview people on tape....

spudkin
27-06-2005, 12:28
That would be interesting, but not as interesting for me.
Not to wax philosophical, without an audiance it's just not theatre...
(sorry for not having posted for a while - was shipped off to Vladimir for a few days and was *gasp* without Internet
If anyone would like to discuss this over ICQ or Yahoo Mess. PM me and I'll send the ultra-secret information...

jaq
30-06-2005, 20:33
true true. Who is this friend?

spudkin
30-06-2005, 23:19
the friend is actually not interested in participating - she's still in institute and has bigger fish to fry.

However, something else I've also thought about is actually doing something with Russians - at one point I was trying to arrange through the American Center to direct a small group of scenes from modern American theatre that would star amatuer Russians acting in English. That would also be an interesting project. :)

gerol2000
01-07-2005, 08:49
Why don't you apply to studio MHT's (Moscow Art Theatre) student group? They contact with their Russian classmates. Perhaps they would became interested in your idea. Or you consider only amateurs?
By the way what about going vice versa? I mean English-speaking amateurs playing scenes from Russian drama either in English or Russian, or what's is most specific in both languages?

Sphinx
01-07-2005, 18:14
Ok, sorry for having been absent for so long, considering I put the posting up in the first place, but I must say that I am very pleased to see that so many people have taken an interest, which I think is the most important thing when trying to do anything theatrical. Now there were some good ideas, but I think the main thing that I am interested in is doing some theatre myself, nice that it would be to get some Russians performing but I think our mission is to provide some English-speaking theatre both for Ex-pats and the growing number of English-speaking Russians. Now I think we really need to start pooling our resources and finding out exactly what people whan and want to offer. I for one am quite serious about this and have had a lot of experience doing such things, though I hasten to add not here in Moscow!
Anyway, any thoughts welcome, let's try and get this moving or at least discover that it's a non-starter!

Shatneresque
02-07-2005, 14:16
I meantioned priest metaphorically
[In my best Monty Python dumb blonde voice:] What does ... "meta-PHOR-i-cal-ly" mean??? :rolleyes:

gerol2000
02-07-2005, 14:26
I probably missed a bit. I meant the use of this word in the sense of notorious proverb "judge the flock by its priest"

plastique
07-07-2005, 20:30
Ok guys... time for the origional resident thespian here to chime in.


contact Marissa at the American Center. When I first got to Moscow 4 years ago I did readings with a Fulbright girl and it was very popular. She ended her fulbright program and went home, but marissa was always interested in starting more things up and has a space.

Every other foreigner program has pretty much failed because of one thing. Time committment. 90% of expats here have too much work and other things going on to dedicate the needed time. If you want to start a project like this it has to be because you have the time and desire to pull it off. It can't be a thing you just want to do for fun it is WORK to pull off. A seated reading is much easier to do.

if you just want to act go to Mosfilm and submit your photos and resume. THere are films, tv shows and voiceover needs all the time for foreigners.

MXAT is a training program. the head of the school has his own interests and is currently in the US with the Harvard program. The foreign students who go there are selected to go there. IF you really are serious about wanting to hone the craft i suggest them, but i also suggest the school where i did my MFA- the Shchukin off the arbat (it's with the VAkhtangov theater. they are trying to start a few programs there as well.

The theater na stresnom (sp) rents its space to anyone who wants to use it so that is an idea as well, but that would be for performances, but don;t expcet to be able to book a straight run as theater here is very different---it is true rep theater where there is a different show every night (save for the broadway/west end style musicals which burn out very fast here).

If you have questions feel free to pm me or ask questions. I was heavy into the theater/film/tv community for 4 years so i kinda know what i am talking about and can give guidance.

mr.black
18-07-2005, 22:36
Does anyone know of, take part in, or run a theatre group in Moscow, I am a professionally trained actor but I am now working in Moscow in another field but would love the chance to do some acting again. so if anyone could point me in the reight direction it would be very much appreciated.



There is a musical theatre group which would be happy to have more native speakers than it has now. It is called MESS and it is sponsored by Mr. English Club. It started as a training course for teenagers and students but now the plan is to turn it into a real theatre performing regularly in English. Both amateurs and professionals are welcome. Classes (drama, vocal, tap) and rehearsals are hold in the city centre. For performances theatres are rented (for a day or two). And it is free (for English native speakers only though)!!!

Sphinx, if you are a professional actor, you might be interested in working there as a actor or a director or an instructor.

frannyfire
20-07-2005, 22:29
I am a professional actress (worked in NY for 5 years, just received my MFA from ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University in 2004). I just completed a Fulbright here in Moscow at the Schukin theatre School and at MXAT (now MXT). I would be interested in meeting other professional actors, such as yourself, to get together and chat about opportunities to perform, etc, here in Moscow. Please PM me for my email.
Looking forward to chatting,
Francesca