Andriy Zholdak

Andriy Zholdak (born 1962) is a Ukrainian director. He was trained at Anatolii Vasyliev’s studio in Moscow. He has a longstanding interest in cinematography (Fellini, Bergman, Paradzhanov,Tarkovskyi) and pictorial art; these arts had had a significant impact upon his style as a director. For a few years, he presided over Kharkiv Taras Shevchenko Academic Drama Theater, where he produced five plays, which, apart from Ukraine, were also presented in more than 30 European countries in the framework of prestigious festivals. In 2005, Andriy Zholdak had been made performance “Romeo and Juliet. A Fragment” by William Shakespeare as coproduction Berniner festspiele, Agency Culture-Europe and Kharkiv Academic Drama Theater. The premier been in Berlin and than in Warsaw. Ukrainian state authorities prohibited this staging to show in Ukraine of he was forced to leave the theater.


Since then, he has resided in Berlin permanently and has been working in the leading theaters of Germany, Russia, Romania, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. Based on years of practice and is engaged in developing a theory of the theater - "Universal Artist" and "Quantum theater of the future." In recent years to hold lectures on the theory and practical workshops in the UK, Holland, Spain, Germany, Finland, France, Japan. Official Web Site -


Winner of the UNESCO Prize for the contribution and development of theater art, four awards of Macedonian Prize (for best performance staged in Macedonia in 2014, best director, best lead role of Electra, best lead role Orest), two Awards of Golden Mask for the best opera performance and the best opera director in Russia in 2014 (Eugene Onegin), Award winner Thalia Prize for best performance staged in Finland in 2010 (Anna Karenina).


Over the past few years created – “Zholdak Dreams: Feelings Thieves” by Goldoni (Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia), “Metamorphoeses by Kafka (Stadttheater Oberhausen, Germany 2014), “Elektra” by Greek myth (Macedonian National Theatre, Skopje / Macedonia 2014), modern opera “Mirandolina” by Bohuslav Martinu (Stadttheatre Giessen, Germany 2014), “Madame Bovary” by Gustav Flaubert (Russian Theatre Company, St. Peterburg, 2013), new version of opera Eugene Onegin specially for Savonlinna opera festival (Finland, 2013), opera “Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky (Mikhailovsky Theatre, St Peterburg, 2012), "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov (Turku City Theatre, 2012), "Uncle Vanya" by Chekhov (theater Klockricke, Helsinki, 2011), "Mephisto" on the novel by Klaus Mann (City Theatre in Uppsala, Sweden, 2011) "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Theater in Oberhausen, Germany, 2011), "Moscow-Petushki" by Vladimir Erofeev (Theatre Festival "Baltic House", St. Petersburg, 2010), "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy (City Theatre Turku, Finland, 2010), "Sexus" by H. Miller ( Theater in Oberhausen, Germany, 2011), "Life with an Idiot" by V. Erofeev and "Turandot" by Carlo Gozzi (Radu Stanca National Theatre, as part of Sibiu European Capital of Culture in 2007 and 2009, Romania), "Woyzeck" by G. Buchner (Ukrainian and German co-production for the Days of German Culture in Ukraine, 2008), "Lenin Love. Stalin Love "based on the novel V.Barki "Yellow Prince "(co-production of the Agency Culture-Europe and Cherkasy Academic Drama Theater Shevchenkab T. 2008)," Moscow. Psycho "(theater School of Modern Play, Moscow, 2008), "Carmen. Exodus"(State Theatre of Nations, Moscow, 2007)," Phaedra" (State Theatre of Nations, Moscow, 2006), "Traumspiele" by A. Strindberg (Lucerne Opera and Drama Theatre, Switzerland, 2005), "Medea in the City" by Euripides (theater Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany, 2005).



Macedonian Theatre Prize 2015for the best Macedonian performance – Electra in Macedonian National Theatre, Skopje

Golden Mask Award 2014 for the best opera director in Russia – Eugene Onegin in Mikhailovsky theatre, St Petersburg

Thalia Prize 2010 for the best Finnish performance - Anna Karenina in Turku City Theatre

UNESCO Prize 2008 for the Performing Arts for contribution to the promotion of performing art

Recognition as the best director on Sibiu Internation Theatre festival - Sibiu, Romania.

UNITER Gala Prize for the best Romanian performance Othello?! by Shakespeare in 2002

Award of Marek Okopinskiy for the best experimental performance - at the Torun Festival in Poland “The Seagull”

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