Vjachelslav Dolgachev, one of Russia's foremost directors, has directed regularly at the Moscow Art Theatre for more than ten years. He's particularly well known for his productions of Dostojevski's Bobok and Tolstoy's And Light is Lighting up the Dark. His productions have toured internationally. He's taught at many studios, including The Moscow Art Theatre School and The Actors Center, in New York, and he is the head of directing at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow.

An excerpt from Steve Capra's interview with Mr. Dolgachev
in Theater Voices

SC: In England, ordinary people go to see the theater. In America, they don't. Most people - ninety-five percent of the people in the country - never see theater. What's it like in Russia? Is theater still very important?

VD: My impressions are not deep, but as far as I can see, dramatic theater hasn't yet been born in the United States. That's why audiences don't go to the theater - because there is nothing to go to.