OLEH TARASOVYCH DRACH
Actor, director, pedagogue.
Merited Artist of Ukraine.
“I would like to awaken in a person recollection of the primeval
joy of creation”.
Graduated from the I.K. Karpenko-Karyi State Theatre Institute
(1981), class of A.Ye. Hashyns’kyi, People’s Artist of the USSR.
One of the founders of the Les’ Kurbas Theatre in Lviv (1987),
for over 20 years the theatre’s leading actor.
Participation in Workshops and Master-Classes:
-“School of Dramatic Art” Theatre (A. Vasil’ev, 1986-88, Moscow);
-Osrodek Praktyk Teatralnykh “Gardzienice” (W. Staniewski, 1990-92,
-J. Grotowski Centre (1992, Lublin, Poland);
-Saratoga International Theatre Institute (M. Bogardt, 1994,
New York, USA);
-Columbia University Drama School (A. Scherban, 1994, New York,
-Yale University Drama School (1994, USA);
-Cambridge University Drama School (1995, Boston, USA);
-International Theatre Workshop Festival (1997, London, Great
In1995-96 worked as an actor at the La Mama and Players Forum
off-off-Broadway theatres (New York, USA); awarded best actor
accolades at three festivals for his role of Svidrigailov in
Faust’s Games (directed by V. Kuchyns’kyi).
From 1996-2004 participated in Ukrainian and Russian theatrical
projects (The Seagull and The Idiot, directed
by D. Lazorko (2000), The Seagull, directed by A. Zholdak
(2001), among others); acted in films (over 30 roles in films
in Poland, Russia, the USA).
From 1998-2001 hosted the “Good Night Ukraine” television show
(ERA TV); hosted the Producers’ Films of Ukraine and Russia
Cinema Festival, Yalta.
Has conducted master-classes at acting schools in Kyiv, Lviv,
Moscow, and New York for over 15 years;
Artistic Director and actor’s craft teacher at the O. Dovzhenko
Head of the Culturalogical Research Division at the Kurbas
Director of the “A.K.T. Studio”. Developed and practices his
own method of creative improvisation and training system for
teaching actors and for personal development.
Has written many literary works and screenplays.
Produced and directed the video-film A Carol for Paraska,
A.K.T. Studio, Les' Kurbas SCTA, 2005.