SMDA

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

SMDA

The Academy is a multidisciplinary art school organized by the Melkonian Theatre Arts Foundation, which is affiliated with the Moscow Arlekin Theatre. The Moscow Drama lyceum has existed for five years and has branches in several cities in the former USSR. The Moscow Drama Lyceum and Theatre Academy are founded by Serguei Melkonian - a director, theoretician and practitioner of stagecraft. Serguei Melkonian founded the Arlekin Theatre and Actors Studio(named for the Italian Comedia Dell`Arte character Arlecchino) twenty years ago in the heart of Moscow. Unlike other professional theatrical companies in the former USSR, "Arlekin" was neither sanctioned nor regulated by Soviet state agencies. Overcoming incredible odds in its struggle with the totalitarian regime, it not only survived but prospered, bringing its special qualities to first European and then American theater patrons. After successful guest performances in the USA in 1991, the theater adopted an international status. Its professional staff includes more than one hundred members. The theatre, boasts three live bands (string, instrumental, and folklore) and, - a Theatrical Academy. Most recently it has organized a theatrical club of political impersonators - an complete new endeavor for Moscow's artistic scene.