Volodymyr Kuchynsky (Founder and Artistic Director of the Les Kurbas Theatre, Director, Actor) worked as an actor at the Maria Zankovestka Theatre before going to study directing with Mark Zakharov and Anatolyi Vasiliev at the Institute of Theatrical arts (GITIS) in Moscow. In 1988 he founded the Kurbas Theatre and became its Artistic Director, a position he has held ever since. The author of many projects and festivals, Kuchynsky has directed over twenty works at the Kurbas Theatre, and additional productions at the Ivan Franko Nathional Theatre in Kyiv and Taras Shevchenko Theatre in Kharkiv, which was originally the home to Les Kurbas’ “Berezil Theatre.” In 2001 his studio merged with the Lviv Ivan Franko National University (LNU) where he has lead courses in acting and directing. He has also conducted master classes Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Italy, Great Brittan and the United States. In the latter, he has lectured, given classes or been hosted by the Theatre, Literature or Ukrainian departments of Columbia, Yale, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania. His work has been lauded in Ukraine and internationally; he has been awarded prizes for his direction and artistic contribution to Ukraine, in addition to a shelf full of “best director” awards from international festivals, he is the recipient of the Shevchenko Prize, The Kurbas Prize, and he was the first ever recipient of the Vasyl Stus Prize. Volodymyr Kuchynsky is an “Honored Artist of Ukraine” a title given by the Ukrainian Government to acknowledge excellence in achievement in one’s field.