Les Kurbas Theatre was founded in Lviv in 1988 by Volodymyr Kuchynskyi (a student of Anatolii Vasiliev) and a group of young actors. Since its inception, the Les Kurbas Theatre has grown into one of Ukraine’s most critically acclaimed repertoire theatres—both in domestically and abroad.
Above 30 performances have been conducted on the stage of Les Kurbas Theatre by directors Volodymyr Kuchynskyi, Oleksii Kravchuk, Yevhen Khudzyk, Ovliakuli Khodzhakuli, Andrii Prykhodko, 15 of them are still in the current repertoire.
Les Kurbas Theatre (based in Lviv) is famous Ukrainian company that is especially known as the theatre with special high intellectual repertoire which includes performances based on creations of Plato, Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, Pirandello, Beckett, Dumas, I. Bachman, Skovoroda, Lesia Ukrainka.
The theatre is also widely known as an unique methodological research center which has mastered and elaborated its own actor’s psychophysics, plastic, voice methodic and work outs. Since 1991, the company has had their own school and conducts its training in Ukraine, Europe, and North America.
Volodymyr Kuchynskyi is the artistic director, – Oleksiy Kravchuk is the executive director, and Marta Shvets is the manager and head of the Drama Department.
Les Kurbas hosts its own international festival “Theatre: Method and Practice” where different researching theatre groups exchange methodologies.
Partners: the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski (Italy), Anatolii Vasiliev’s School of Dramatic Art (Russia), the Centre for Theatre Practices “Gardzienice” (Poland), Theatre La Mama (USA) and many others companies and individual artists from all over the world.