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Safronov Vladimir

People's Artist of Russia

Vladimir Alekseevich Safronov, People's Artist of Russia, was born on November 1, 1940 in Moscow. In 1962 he graduated from the Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School (the course of V.A. Sperantova) and worked for three years in the First Moscow Regional Drama Theatre, where, he played Chugunov in «Wolves and Sheep». From 1965 to 1972 Vladimir Safronov worked in the Alexander Pushkin Theatre. Among the roles he played during that period were Mikhail Zykov («The Zykovs»), Nikolay Ostrovsky («Dramatic Song»), Volkov («Oblomov») and Captain Bluntschli in «The Chocolate Soldier». In addition to playing one of the roles in the «Dramatic Song», Safronov co-directed this production with Boris Ravenskikh.

Safronov joined the company of the Maly State Academic Theatre of Russia in 1972, when he was already an accomplished theatre actor. Vladimir played over fifty roles on the stage of the Maly Theatre.

Safronov is a very charismatic and versatile actor with a strong stage presence. He possesses a wide range of means of artistic expression, creating rich, authentic and original characters. His acting is distinguished by subtle and profound psychological analysis. Safronov adheres to the old Stanislavski principle that «there are no small parts».

For many years professor Vladimir Alekseevich Safronov has been teaching acting classes at the Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School (with interruptions). In 1985-2002 Safronov was the master of the course. Among his students are popular actresses Olga Drozdova and Ekaterina Vulichenko, as well as laureate of the State Prize of Russia Gleb Podgorodinskiy. His students work in the best theatres of the country, including the Maly Theatre, the Taganka Theatre and Sovremennik, the M. Gorky Moscow Art Theatre and the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre, etc.

Since 2002 Safronov has been teaching acting at the Faculty of Arts of Moscow State University. As a teacher Safronov is known in the US - in 1994 he taught acting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At the same time he participated in two symposia - «Training an Actor: The Stanislavski System» and «Plastic Education oOf An Artist», which took place in the Institute of World Theatre. As a theatre designer Safronov was involved in a production of Chekhov's «The Cherry Orchard» at the Clarence Brown Theatre (USA).

Safronov has appeared in many film and television roles. In the late 70s - early 80s, he hosted the youth editorial program of the Central Television, dedicated to the army. He hosted the TV shows «Vprok» (For Future Use) (NTV, 1997-2001) and «Expertise« (RTR, 2001-2004). Among Safronov's memorable film roles are: «Meshchersky», «Granite Islands», «Anxious Happiness», «Andrey Kolobov», «The Trojan horse», etc.

The actor, who worked with such outstanding masters as Ravenskikh, Babochkin, Lvov-Anokhin, Kaplanyan, Kheyfets, Vladimir Safronov tried himself as a theatre director. In the Pushkin Theatre, he co-directed the «Dramatic Song». With his students of the German Studio from Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School he staged «Emilia Galotti». From 2001 to 2009 Safronov was the artistic director of the Reutov Municipal Drama Theatre. The theatre company consisted of Safronov's students and its repertoire comprised «The Marriage of Belugin», «Freddy», «Petrushka the Foreigner», «Minna von Barnhelm, or Soldier's Happiness». The theatre took part in the All-Russian Theatre Fair and in the International Festival «The Roads of Goodness».

Safronov has also been involved in public activities. He was a member of the artistic council of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR, the Central Audit Commission of the All-Russian Theatre Community and the artistic council of the Maly Theatre.

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1972 - Diplomat, «Diplomat» by Samuil Aleshin, directed by Leonid Varpakhovskiy

1972 - Investigator, «The Very Last Day» by Boris Vasilyev, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1972 - Volodya, «The Engineer» by Elena Kaplinskaya, directed by Vladimir Beylis and Vitaliy Ivanov

1972 - Vasiliy, «Confession» by Savva Dangulov, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1972 - Secretary of the District Committee, «The Birds of Our Youth» by Ion Druță, directed by Ion Ungureanu

1973 - Pogulyaev, «The Deep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by P. Vasiliev

1973 - Vasiliy, «Money to Burn» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vyacheslav Yurchenko

1973 - Danila, «The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov, directed by Roman Sokolov

1973 - Bykov, «Kasatka» (Darling) by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1974 - Boris, «The Storm» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Boris Babochkin

1975 - Morozov, «Russian People» by Konstantin Simonov, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1976 - Pashka, «Conversations Under a Clear Moon» by Vasiliy Shukshin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1976 - Berezin, «The Hurricane» by Anatoliy Sofronov, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1977 - Panin, «Russian People» by Konstantin Simonov, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1977 - Markin, «Confession» by Savva Dangulov, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1978 - Ryzhov, «The Guilt» by Alexander Kurgatnikov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1978 - Makovitsky, «Return to One's Circles» by Ion Druță, directed by Boris Ravesnkikh

1978 - Lyubo, «This Little Land» by Georgi Dzhagarov, directed by Evgeniy Tashkov

1978 - Chudovsky Archimandrite, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1978 - Alphonse, «Mamouret» by Jean Sarment, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin

1979 - Gabor, «Paradise Lost» by Imre Sarkadi, directed by Vladimir Motyl

1979 - Antipin, «The Guilt» by Alexander Kurgatnikov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1980 - Geiger, «Before Sunset» by Gerhart Hauptmann, directed by Leonid Kheyfetz

1980 - Nikolay, «Conversations Under a Clear Moon» by Vasiliy Shukshin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1980 - Samsonov, «The Shore» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev

1981 - Vasily Shuiskiy, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1981 - Lead, «Virgin Lands», stage-version based on Leonid Brezhnev’s book «Virgin Lands», directed by Vladimir Beylis together with Boris Lvov-Anokhin

1983 - Captain Carbon, «Cyrano de Bergerac» by Edmond Rostand, directed by Rachiah Kaplanyan

1984 - Vasiliev, «The Choice» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev and Vladimir Beylis

1986 - Secretary of the District Committee, «Ivan» by Anatoliy Kudryavtsev, directed by Vladimir Andreev

1987 - Lopatin, «The Choice» by Yuri Bondarev, directed by Vladimir Andreev and Vladimir Beylis

1988 - Dudnik, «Ivan» by Anatoliy Kudryavtsev, directed by Vladimir Andreev

1989 - Yakov Lomakin, «Tales From Hollywood» by Christopher Hampton, directed by Boris Lvov-Anokhin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

1989 – Dosuzhev, «A Profitable Position» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1991 - Godunov Boris Fyodorovich, «Prince Serebrenni» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1991 - Kikin, «Tsar Peter and Alexei» by Friedrich Gorenstein, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1992 - Starodum, «The Minor» by Denis Fonvizin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1992 - Profect, «The King of the Jews» by Konstantin Romanov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

1993 - Centurion, «The King of the Jews» by Konstantin Romanov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

1993 - Fyodor Romanov, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1994 - Archimandrite Cyril, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1995 - Prince Mstislavskiy, «Tsar Ivan the Terrible» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

1996 - Raznovesov, «There Was Not a Single Penny, and Suddenly There is a Dime» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Eduard Martsevich

1997 - Malyuta Skuratov, «Prince Serebrenni» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1998 - Wolf, «Resurrection» by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Eduard Martsevich

1999 - Vorontsov, «Chronicles of the Palace Coup» by Galina Turchina, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2000 - Verdelin, «Mercadet or the Speculator» by Honoré de Balzac, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2002 - Vasily Shuiskiy, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2004 - Semyon Godunov, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2004 - Unknown, «The Deep» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

2004 - Salay Saltanovich, «The Last Sacrifice» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2006 - Count Obepin, «Maria Stuart» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2007 - Tatishchev, «Dmitry the Pretender and Vasily Shuisky» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2010 - Clive Champion-Cheney, «Love Circle» by Somerset Maugham, directed by Andrey Zhitinkin

2012 - The Countess's Butler, «The Queen of Spades» by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Andrey Zhitinkin

2013 - GennadIy Aleksandrovich Yusin, «The Last Idol» by Alexander Zvyagintsev, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

Filmography

1967 «Nikolay Bauman»
1967 «Autumn Weddings»
1970 «The Zykovs» (teledrama)
1971 «Virgin Soil Upturned» (teledrama)
1973 «The Precipice» (teledrama)
1974 «My Generation»
1976 «The Deep» (teledrama)
1977 «The Storm» (teledrama)
1979 «Return to One's Circles» (teledrama)
1981 «Conversations Under a Clear Moon» (teledrama)
1988 «Artist From Gribov»
1989 «Investigation Is Carried Out By Expert. Case N22. Mafia»
1992 «Most Wanted Criminal»
1998 «Tsar Ivan the Terrible» (teledrama)
1998 «Tsar Peter and Alexei» (teledrama)
2005 «The Star Of The Epoch»