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Alexander Morfov

b. 09.11.1960

Alexander Morfov is an actor and director. He was born in 1960, in Yambol, Bulgaria. Morfov graduated from the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Bulgaria, where he was Julia Ognianova's student, a famous professor who was expelled from Russia. Nowadays, Morfov is considered to be one of the greatest stage directors of the Bulgarian theatre. He was the artistic director of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre in Sofia.

Since 1993, his productions at the National Theatre in Sofia have been a real success: Don Quixote by Cervantes (1994), A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare (1995), The Tempest also by Shakespeare (1996) and Don Juan by Molière (2004). He has received several awards, among which are: The Bulgarian National Askeer Award, The Bulgarian Theatre Critics' Prize and the Ikar Award of The Union of Bulgarian Actors (UBA).

In 2001, he wrote and directed the television series Blueberry Hills.

He has been staging performances in St. Petersburg and Moscow since 2005. His production Eclipse (2006), based on Ken Kesey´s One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest was highly acclaimed by critics. He received the Golden Mask Award for The Tempest- the most prestigious theatre award in Russia. The performances that followed, Don Quixote and Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, have thrilled the Russian theatre audiences. Morfov has received more than twenty Russian theatre awards and distinctions, among which are Seagull and Crystal Turandot.

Morfov was invited by the famous Russian actor Alexander Kaliaghin to his Theatre Et Cetera, in Moscow. At the present moment, Alexander Morfov is one of the most important directors of the State Vera Komissarzhevskaya Theatre in St. Petersburg.

He has also staged performances in France, Sweden, Israel and Macedonia.

His productions were presented at film festivals in Vienna, Casablanca, Kiev, Torun (Poland), Belgrade (BITEF - Belgrade International Theatre Festival), Hamburg, Moscow (NET - New European Theatre Festival) and Utrecht.

 

His most recent shows include the original production On the Edge, at the „Ivan Vazov” National Theatre of Sofia and Life is Beautiful after The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman on the stage of the National Theatre of Skopje, Macedonia. 

 

 

Translated by: Diana Apetroaei

MTTLC, University of Bucharest  

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