Oskaras Koršunovas



Oskaras Korsunovas, born in 1969 in Vilnius, is a director and the artistic director of OKT/Vilnius City Theatre. His first performances created while yet studying at the Lithuanian Music Academy - a trilogy based on works of early 20th century Russian avantguardists Daniil Kharms and Aleksander Vvedensky (1990-1994) - won acknowledgement in Lithuania and abroad. These performances explored total absurdity of being, automatism and inertia in relationships, fear and alienation.

In 1999 the director together with other like-minded artists established an independent theatre -- Oskaras Korsunovas Theatre (OKT). Within two years large repertoire of the new theatre was prepared. It includes both the modern dramaturgy and the classics: Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill, A Midsummer Night‘s Dream by William Shakespeare, (both in 1999), Fireface (Feuergesicht) by Marius von Mayenburg, The Master and Margaret by Mikhail Bulgakov, (both in 2000), Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, 2002, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, 2003, Playing the victim by Oleg and Vladimir Presnyakov, 2005, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky and others.

Since 1990 Oskaras Korsunovas has staged almost thirty performances both, in Lithuanian theatres and theatres abroad. Due to international success Oskaras Korsunovas can continue his work in his homeland, presenting the Lithuanian audience new names of contemporary dramaturgy and new interpretations of classics.

Korsunovas is a winner of the Lithuanian National Art and Culture prize, Meyerhold prize, European New Reality prize, and the laureate of Lithuanian theatre seasons as well as many international festivals. His work The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky was awarded as a best performance of a year 2010.