Stage Director and Producer. A leading figure of 20th Century Russian Theatre, his style bridged the gap between the naturalism of Konstantin Stanislavsky and the radical experiments of Vsevolod Meyerhold. His famous production of "The Dybbuk" (1921) is still in the world repertory, and his performing theories, passed on through his pupil, actor Mikhail Chekhov, strongly influenced the Actors Studio group. Vakhtangov was born in Vladikavkaz, Russia. He joined the Moscow Art Theatre as an actor in 1907 and was appointed director of the MAT's First Studio in 1914. It became the independent Great Reform Theatre under his leadership in 1920, where his productions included "Othello" and "The Princess Turandot." The company was renamed the Vakhtangov Theatre after the director's premature death from cancer, and is still active in Moscow.
Bio by: Bobb Edwards