Rimas Tuminas

Artistic Director of The Evgeny Vakhtangov Theatre

Recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, Recipient of the National prize of Lithuania, Russian Festival of Performing Arts “Golden Mask” Award winner, International Stanislavsky Theatre Award winner, Crystal Turandot Award winner, Golden Nail Award winner.

Rimas Tuminas was born on the 20th of January, 1952 in Kelme, Lithuania.

From 1970-1974 he studied at the Conservatory of Lithuania.

In 1978 he graduated from GITIS Academy (Joseph Tumanov’s directing course).

The first performance directed by Rimas was Yordan Radichkov’s “January” (1978), which was staged at the Drama Theatre of Lithuania. The first performance launched in Moscow was Oswald Zagradnik’s “Peacock Melody” at the Stanislavsky Theatre.

From 1979 to 1990 Rimas worked as a director at the State Academic Theatre of Lithuania; in 1994 he was appointed chief director.

From 1979 he also taught at the Conservatory of Lithuania (now called the Lithuanian Academy of Music).

In 1999 Rimas left the State Academic Theatre of Lithuania (his last productions were “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles and Shakespeare’s “Richard III”).

Rimas has directed more than 20 plays in different theatres in Lithuania and in other countries. Among his foreign works are Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” (1992) and “The Seagull” (1993), staged in Finland, and Molière’s “Don Juan” (1995) in Iceland. One of the performances – “There Will Be No Death” – was written in collaboration with the poet Valdemaras Kukulas.

In 1990 Rimas Tuminas founded the Little Theatre of Vilnius. Here he staged Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” (1990), Bertolt Brecht’s “Life of Galileo”, Grigory Kanovicius’s “Dear God, Give Us a Smile” (1994), and Mikhail Lermontov’s “Masquerade” (1997). The theatre toured abroad extensively (to Finland, Sweden, Poland, Iceland, and other countries).

In 2000 at the Sovremennik Theatre, Tuminas launched the performance “Playing…Shiller!”, and in 2007 Aleksandr Griboedov’s “Woe from Wit”.

In 2002 at the Theater of Eug.Vakhtangov, he staged the play "Inspector" by N.V.Gogol.

In 2007 Rimas Tuminas was appointed Artistic Director of the State Academic Vakhtangov Theatre.

With Rimas Tuminas, the Vakhtangov Theatre occupies a leading position amongst the theatres, not only in Moscow but also in Russia. In 2011, the theatre was recognized as the most visited theatre in Moscow.

The theatre participates in an ongoing basis in many theatre festivals in Russia and abroad, among them: “The International Baltic Theatre Spring”, “Baltic House” (St. Petersburg), “Baltic Seasons” (Kaliningrad) “Life”, “Contact”, “Chekhov International Theatre Festival”, the Festival “Theatre ‘Gesher’ presents” (Israel), “Autumn Festival in the Spring” (Madrid) , the International Theatre Festival “Sabanc” (Turkey), the International Festival “Theatre” (Prague), “Globe to Globe” Theatre Festival (London), etc.

In 2010 Rimas was awarded the Order of Friendship for his major contribution to the development of cultural ties with the Russian Federation, and for the preservation and promotion of the Russian language and culture abroad.