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Date of birth
7 September 1969, Rostov-on-Don, USSR
Selected filmography of
Semyonovich (September 7, 1969, Rostov-on-Don,
Kirill Semyonovich Serebrennikov (born September 7,
1969) is a Russian stage and film director, and theatre designer. Since 2012, he
has been the artistic director of the Gogol Center in Moscow. He has been
described as one of Russia's leading theatre directors.
Serebrenikov was born to a Jewish father and a Ukrainian mother. His father
was a surgeon, while his mother was a Russian teacher. Having graduated from
Rostov State University with majors in physics in 1992. Serebrennikov had no
formal theatre education prior to his stage director debut in 1994. He went on
directing music videos and commercials.
In 2001, he staged his first production in Moscow. Serebrennikov has staged
drama productions in Moscow Chekhov Theatre, Latvian National Theatre, Theatre
of Nations. He has been active in opera staging productions for the Mariinsky
Theatre, and the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia, where he has also been a stage
director and a designer for a ballet, Komische Oper Berlin and Stuttgart Opera
Serebrennikov is one of the artistic directors of Territory Festival in
Moscow. Since 2008 he is a professor of the Moscow Art Theatre School, where he
has a class of actors and directors. His productions have been presented at the
Wiener Festwochen, and the Avignon Theatre Festival. His films have been
screened at Cannes Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, and
the Warsaw International Film Festival where his film Yuri's Day received the
In 2012, he was appointed artistic director of The Gogol Center.
On May 23, 2017, Serebrennikov's apartment and the Gogol Center facilities
were raided by law enforcement agencies in connection with an alleged
embezzlement at the Seventh Studio, a non-profit organization established by
While no charges against Serebrennikov have been filed,
some of Russia's most prominent cultural figures saw the publicized raid of his
apartment as a political gesture, discouraging Serebrennikov and others from
criticizing the government. (Serebrennikov had criticised the 2014 Russian
annexation of Crimea and has spoken out in support of Russia’s LGBT community.)
Vladimir Urin, and Yevgeny Mironov, among others, in May 2017 expressed their
support of Serebrennikov in a letter passed on to Russian President Vladimir
Putin at a public function.
On August 22, 2017, Serebrennikov was detained by the Investigative Committee
of Russia, suspected of masterminding a fraud scheme involving a state subsidy
the Seventh Studio received from the government of Russia from 2011 to 2014.
According to a source cited by Interfax, in the case of “Gogol-center”
the alleged theft of 2014 budget funds caused damage to the state valued at
several million dollars. Other sources say a total of just over one million
rubles. Serebrennikov has been placed under house arrest until October 19.
Seventh Studio former director Yuri Itin has already been placed under house
arrest since May 31, 2017. Ex-chief accountant of Seventh Studio, Nina
Maslyaeva, gave confessions and has been held in custody since then.
Summer | Leto (2018)
The Student | (М)ученик (2016)
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