Yuri Grymov, Guest Stage Director, is a Russian stage director, scriptwriter, music video director, actor, TV presenter and artistic director of the “Yug” studio. He is a member of the State Cultural Policy Council under the Federation Council of Russia, of the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia and of the Russian Academy of Advertising.
Since 1998 he has been professionally involved in advertisement, having made about 600 commercials that won over 70 prizes at Russian and foreign festivals. He was one of the first public service ads makers. Yuri Grymov has created and directed video clips for many famous Russian performers and designed programmes and documentaries for TV.
In 1996 he made his debut in the cinema. He has directed a number of feature films including Men’s Confessions (1996) after Renata Litvinova’s novella The Third Way, Mu-mu (1998) after Ivan Turgenev’s story Mumu, The Collector (2001) after Levan Varazi’s The Collector and His Relatives, Kukotsky’s Casus (2005) after Lyudmila Ulitskaya’s novel of the same name, Strangers (2008), and By the Feel (2010).
In 1996 Yuri Grumov founded the Cinema and Television School (Yuri Grymov’s Workshop), which functioned for 8 years. Its diplomas were given to over 500 graduates.
He directed several drama productions including Dalí for the Vakhtangov Theatre in 1999, Nirvana for the Mayakovsky Theatre in 2003, Flowers for Algernon for the Russian Academic Youth Theatre in 2013 and The Lost World for the Moskvich Cultural Centre in 2014.
His only opera production, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, has been on at the Novaya Opera for over 10 years (it was premiered in 2005).