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Glushenko Evgeniya

People's Artist of Russia, Recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation

Evgeniya Konstantinovna Glushenko was born on September 4, 1952 in Rostov-on-Don to Konstantin Ivanovich and Olga Anatolyevna. When Zhenya was a student of Rostov high school, her mother said: «I think that you have to attend some study group, may be you could have joined the drama club.» Evgeniya followed her mother’s advice and at the age of 10 started attending a drama club at the House of Pioneers in Rostov-on-Don. When it was time to choose a profession, she was thinking about entering the Pedagogical Institute. She loved the theatre, but he seemed unattainable to her. Her mother used to say: «You, an artist? Do not make me laugh». But the leader of the drama club, professional actress Tamara Ilinichna Ilyinskaya said: «If only Zhenya wanted, I could have trained her...»

Evgeniya was afraid of going to Moscow to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Thus Tamara Ilinichna said: «You know what? You have to enroll here first, and then we shall see.» Zhenya stayed in Rostov and became a first-year student of the local theatre school. But after one year of studying there she ran away to the capital. She lived at her grand-aunt’s, whose son was an artist at the circus. Together with two friends from her drama circle, Zhenya submitted documents to several theatres in the capital.

It happened that the exams at the Shchepkin Theatre School were several days earlier than in all other theatre institutions. Zhenya successfully passed them and was enrolled. Everyone was surprised by the fact that a girl from the southern city of Rostov with a typical Ukrainian surname has such an accurate way of speaking, without an accent. That was due to the fact that by that time, she had already studied in a theatre school in Rostov, where she was taught the mastery of scenic speech the technical skills of regular breathing, and she also worked independently on the correct literary pronunciation.

The head of Glushenko’s course was the famous actor and director of the Maly Theatre Mikhail Tsaryov. This fact played a significant role in her artistic destiny and her development as an actress. Initially, after graduating from the school in 1974, she wasn’t appointed. «We don’t have any proposals for you, you are not needed here,» they told her. And then the director of the Kostroma Theatre offered her a place, naming all those specific roles she could have played there. But a week later Evgeniya was invited to the Maly Theatre and was offered the role of Lisa in «Woe from Wit».

From the very first steps on the famous stage, Evgeniya Glushenko billed herself as an outstanding creative individual, a protean actress, amazingly truthful, deep, with an incredible charisma and stage presence. She was serenaded by critics and audiences, becoming immediately a rising star in the theatrical sky of Moscow.

Almost thirty years of service in the theatre have acknowledged Evgeniya as a truly versatile actress. Each of the roles played by Glushenko became a step towards the mastery over an actor's proper artistic state, craft and work ethic. First-class dramaturgy, interesting directing and great partners gave the actress the opportunity to grow not only professionally, but also to become a deeper and ingenious person.

However, in 1996, Evgeniya Glushenko leaves the theatre, together with the director Boris Morozov, to work in the Russian Army Theatre. The new collective received Glushenko very well, and she is incredibly grateful to her partners for this. Glushenko successfully played Vera Filippovna in «The Heart is Not a Stone» by Alexander Ostrovsky. Her character was torn apart by two opposite concepts: a sense of duty and an affectionate «feminine» attitude, the desire to be loved.

In 2000 Evgeniya Konstantinovna returned to her alma mater - the Maly Theatre. For playing Mavra Tarasovna Barabosheva in «Truth is Good, but Happiness is Better» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Sergey Zhenovach, Glushenko received the State Prize of the Russian Federation. And for performing Melania in Gorky’s «The Children of the Sun», directed by Adolf Shapiro, Evgeniya received the Konstantin Stanislavski Award and the theatrical prize of the «Moskovsky Komsomolets» newspaper.

Evgeniya Glushenko is also known for her starring roles in «An Unfinished Piece for a Mechanical Piano», «A Few Days from the Life of I.I. Oblomov», «Married for the First Time» (best actress award at a film festival in Dushanbe), «In Love by Choice»(best actress award at West Berlin International Film Festival), «One in a Million», «Zina Zinulya», «Policemen and Thieves», «The Life of Klim Samgin», «Three Women and a Man», «Queen Margot» and many others that brought Evgeniya Glushenko fame and recognition.

It is almost impossible not to fall under the spell of this amazing actress, the embodiment of womanhood. It seems that she can easily cope with the change of genres and styles, the change of historical epochs and characters of her numerous heroines.

Evgeniya Konstantinovna Glushenko - People's Artist of Russia (1995), a member of the All-Russian Theatrical Society (since 1979) and the Union of Theatre Workers (since 1989).

The family for Evgeniya Konstantinovna is her life’s pillar. At odd hours she prefers reading, listening to classical and modern music, loves painting and often visits museums and exhibitions.

Laureate of the All-Union Film Festival in the nomination «Awards for best acting» in 1980. Winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s award for achievement in performance by an actress in 1983.

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1974 – Kristina, «The Makropulos Affair» by Karel Čapek, directed by Vladimir Monakhov

1975 – Liza, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1975 – The Little Humpbacked Horse, «The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov, directed by Roman Sokolov

1975 – Raisa, «Kasatka» (Darling) by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1976 – Zhenya, «Conversations Under a Clear Moon» by Vasiliy Shukshin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1977 – Bertha, «Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1978 – Zepyur, «Vertigo» by Gevorg Sarkisyan, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1979 - Marie-Joseph, «Mamouret» by Jean Sarment, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin

1979 – Cordelia, «King Lear» by William Shakespeare, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1983 – Tuchkova, «The Painting» by Daniil Granin, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1984 – Lida, «Private Soldiers» by Aleksey Dudarev, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1985 - Zoya Okoemova, «Handsome Man» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Marianna Turbina

1987 – Liz, «The Kholops» by Pyotr Gnedich, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1990 - Marya Petrovna, «The Wild Girl» by Alexander Ostrovsky and Nikolay Solovyov, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

1991 – Efrosinya, «Tsar Peter and Alexei» by Friedrich Gorenstein, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1992 – Matryona, «An Ardent Heart» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Boris Morozov

1994 – Suzanne, «The Guilty Mother, or the Other Tartuffe» by Pierre Beaumarchais, directed by Boris Morozov

1995 – Glafira, «The Feast of the Victors» by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, directed by Boris Morozov

2001 - Zinaida Savishna, «Ivanov» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vitaliy Solomin

2001 – Kupavina, «Wolves and Sheep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2002 – Josephine, «Corsican» by Jiří Hubač, directed by Vladislav Konstantinov

2002 - Mavra Tarasovna Barabosheva, «Truth is Good, but Happiness is Better» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Sergey Zhenovach

2005 – Béline, «The Imaginary Invalid»by J.-B. Molière, directed by Sergey Zhenovach

2008 - Melania, «The Children of the Sun» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Adolf Shapiro


Roles in the Russian Army Theatre:

1997 - Vera Filippovna, «The Heart is Not a Stone» by Alexander Ostrovsky

1998 – Vasilisa, «The Lower Depths» by Maxim Gorky

1999 – Emilia, «Othello» by William Shakespeare