Gleb Valeryevich Podgorodinsky was born on April 3, 1972 in Moscow. He made hisstage debut as a child when he studied at the Young Muscovite Theatre at the Pioneer Palace on the Lenin Hills). Following that he won his first award – becoming a laureate of Moscow’s contest of children and youth performances for portraying Ivan in the eponymous play by Vladimir Bogomolov.
Gleb was awarded the Veteran of Labor Medal, the Medal in Memory of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow
In 1989-93 Gleb Podgorodinsky studied at the Mikhail Semyonovich Shchepkin Higher Theatre School (the course of V.A. Safronov). In 1993, he joined the company of the Maly Theatre.
Right from the very beginning Podgorodinsky managed to set a high bar professionally and artistically. His acting, characterized by incredible charisma, allure, stage presence, charm, contagious temperament, sense of humor, positive energy is highly appreciated by both spectators and theatre professionals.
The turning point in Podgorodinsky’s career came in 2000, when he was cast as Chatsky in the famous production of «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Sergey Zhenovach. Zhenovach lays emphasis on the theme of the first love, thus reducing the revolutionary accusatory pathos of previous interpretations of Griboyedov's comedy, which enables us to see the main character in a completely different light. Podgorodinsky’s character turned out to be angular, ingenuous, awkward, but at the same time very sincere and most importantly - an absolutely living person. Such an unusual interpretation of Griboyedov's character caused a highly controversial debate and also led to intense discussion among the audience and critics, but no one remained indifferent.
To date, Gleb Podgorodinsky is one of the most sought-after young artists of the Maly Theatre. His brilliant performance of Platon in the play «Truth Is Good, but Happiness Is Better» brought him the title of laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
Podgorodinsky is also engaged in private theatrical enterprises and takes part in productions of the Center for Drama and Directing directed by M. Roshchin and A.Kazantsev. Diploma winner of the All-Russian Festival of Dostoevsky's works in Staraya Russa, 1994.
Laureate and prize winner of festivals in Pskov, St. Petersburg, Perm, winner of Crystal Cylinder - for best work based on Alexander Pushkin's works on television, 1999.
He received «The Crystal Rose of Victor Rozov» Award (Russian annual literary and theater prize) for the role of Chatsky in the play «Woe from Wit», 2001.
Laureate of the «Moskovsky Komsomolets» newspaper award in the nomination «SemiMaestro» for the best male actor of the season 2004/05 for the role of Tarelkin in «The Death of Tarelkin» by Aleksandr Sukhovo-Kobylin, directed by Aleksey Kazantsev (Center for Drama and Directing)
In 2005 Podgorodinsky was awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.
Roles in the Maly Theatre:
1994 - Léon, «The Guilty Mother, or the Other Tartuffe» by Pierre Beaumarchais, directed by Boris Morozov
1995 - Tsarevich Fyodor, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis
1995 - Fyodor Ioannovich, «Tsar Ivan the Terrible» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Dragunov
1996 - Kai, «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov
1996 - Vasya Turitsyn, «Queer People» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Alexander Korshunov
1998 - Pavel Gruntsov, «Hard-earned Bread» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov
1998 - Jakob Israel, «King Gustav Vasa» by August Strindberg, directed by Alexander Nordström (Sweden)
1999 - A Learned Cat, «The Tale of Tsar Saltan» by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov
2000 - Chatsky, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Sergey Zhenovach
2002 - Poppleton, «Corsican» by Jiří Hubač, directed by Vladislav Konstantinov
2002 - Platon, «Truth is Good, But Happiness is Better» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Sergey Zhenovach
2004 - Baron Nikolaj Lvovich Tuzenbach, «Three Sisters» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Yuri Solomin
2004 - Lomov, «Wedding! Wedding! Wedding» by Anton Chekhov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov
2005 - Cléante, «The Imaginary Invalid» by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, Molière, directed by Sergey Zhenovach
2007 - Dmitry the Pretender, «Dmitry the Pretender and Vasily Shuisky» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov
2008 - Dmitry Sergeevich Vagin, «The Children of the Sun» by Maxim Gorky, directed by Adolf Shapiro
2012 - Pavel Sergeevich Shchetkin, «Vanyushin’s Children» by Sergei Naidenov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov
2013 - Ivan Mizinchikov, «The Village of Stepanchikovo and Its Inhabitants» by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, directed by Anton Yakovlev
2013 - Giroux, «How to Cheat the State» by Louis Verneuil and Georges Berr, directed by Vladimir Beylis
2013 - Victor, «The Last Idol» by Alexander Zvyagintsev, directed by Vladimir Dragunov
2015 - Konstantin Lukich Karkunov, «The Heart is Not a Stone» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov
2016 - Ippolit, «It's Not All Shrovetide for the Cat» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov
2017 - The Fool, «King Lear» by William Shakespeare, directed by Anton Yakovlev
2017 - Dulebov, «Talents and Admirers» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov
2019 - Tartuffe, «Tartuffe» by Molière, directed by Vladimir Dragunov
2019 - Uteshitelniy, «The Gamblers» by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Vladimir Dragunov
Private theatrical enterprises
1994 Alyosha Karamazov - «The Brothers Karamazov. Trial Hearing will be Tomorrow» by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, directed by Valeriy Sarkisov. Sarkisov Theatre Company
1995 Nelkin - «Krechinsky's Wedding» by Aleksandr Sukhovo-Kobylin, directed by Valeriy Sarkisov. Sarkisov Theatre Company
1998 Mono performance «Ruslan and Lyudmila» by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Nika Kosenkova
2005 Tarelkin «The Death of Tarelkin» by Aleksandr Sukhovo-Kobylin, directed by Aleksey Kazantsev (Center for Drama and Directing)
1998 «Tsar Ivan the Terrible» (film-play)
1999 «Hardearned Bread» (film-play)
2000 «Queer People» (film-play)
2002 «Leading Roles»
2002 «Woe from Wit» (film-play)
2003 «Return of Mukhtar-1»
2003 «The Shadow of Salieri»
2005 «The Agent in love. Do not give up hope, maestro!»
2005 «The Truth is Good, But Happiness is Better» (film-play)
2005 «Three Sisters» (film-play)
2006 «The Imaginary Invalid» (film-play)
2006 «Taxi Driver-3»
2009 «Playing Bridge»
2010- 2012 «Vazhnyak»
2010 «The Mystery of the Name»
2010 «Entourage with a Fatal Outcome»
2010 «Natural Phenomena»
2011 «The Garnet Bracelet»
2011 «The House»
2011 «Lavrova’s Method»
2011 «Sting Operation. The Inquisitors»
2011 «Police Comrades»