Mikałaj Pinihin

Artistic director

The laureate of the State Award of Belarus (1992)

Mikałaj Pinihin was born on August 6, 1957, in Izium, Kharkiv region, Ukraine.

In 1979 he graduated from the Belarusian Theatre Institute majoring in television direction (the class of U. Małankin, V. Karpiłaŭ).

In 1979-1980 he worked at the state TV channel and staged a TV playThe Night Coach.

In 1980-1982 he worked as an actor at the Maxim Gorky Russian Drama Theatre.

Since 1985 he has been working as a director at the Janka Kupała National Academic Theatre.

In 1985-1987 he worked as an academic at the Department of Acting and Directing of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts.

In 1995 he underwent an internship at the Paris theatre Courant Fest by invitation of the French embassy.

In 1998 – 2000 he worked as a director at Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 2009 Mikałaj Pinihin became the artistic director of the Janka Kupała National Academic Theatre.

He received the State Award of Belarus for staging Tutejšyja (Locals) by Janka Kupała in 1992, and E. Mirovič Theatre Award for best direction for staging Idylia (Idyll) by V. Dunin-Marcinkievič in 1994 and 1999.

In 1994 he was named "Man of the year” in the Stage nomination. His works won numerous prizes at various theatre festivals and forums in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania.

He staged more than 60 performances in Belarus, Russia, Poland, and France. In 2013 his performance Pinskaja Šlachta (Pinsk Gentry) was awarded the State award of the Republic of Belarus.