Nacionalinis Kauno dramos teatras

Jonas Vaitkus

Director

Jonas Vaitkus graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography in 1974. From 1974 to 1975 he worked as the senior director in Šiauliai Drama Theater, and from 1975 to 1978, Vaitkus worked as a director in National Kaunas Drama Theater. From 1978 to 1980, he attended Senior Courses of Directing in Moscow, later from 1980 to 1988, he worked as a senior director in Kaunas Drama Theater. Since 1988, he was working as Lithuania’s National Drama Theater director, from 1990 to 1994, as the senior director at the same theatre. Since 1988, he is teaching in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater as a professor. Since 1991, Jonas Vaitkus works as an educator in the USA, Norway and Denmark. He created plays in Lithuania and abroad, directed films for the cinema. In 2003, he received the National Culture and Art award. He became the director of the Lithuanian Russian Drama Theater in 2008.


The Most Important Works in Theatre

2016
 Fiorenza by Thomas Mann
National Kaunas Drama Theatre
2007
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
2003
Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
2001
Love, Jazz, and the Devil (Lith. Meilė, džiazas ir velnias) by Juozas Grušas
State Kaunas Drama Theatre
1987
Golgota (Rus. Голгота) by Čingiz Aitmatov
State Kaunas Drama Theatre
1985
Richard II by William Shakespeare
State Kaunas Drama Theatre
1983
Caligula by Albert Camus
State Kaunas Drama Theatre
1980
The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen
State Kaunas Drama Theatre
1977
Ubu the King by Alfred Jarry
State Kaunas Drama Theatre

Awards

2008
Golden Cross of the Stage (Lith. Auksinis scenos kryžius) for directing the plays Patriots by Petras Vaičiūnas and Blackbird by David Harrower
2004
National Culture and Art award
1996
St. Christopher‘s prize for Best Directing
1987
Lithuanian State prize

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