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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
The Tidings Brought to Mary by Paul Claudel
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
The Pharisee Saul’s Seven Fridays by Aleksandr Andreyev
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
2015
The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza
Monte Pacis, Kauno bienalė and VDU Theatre
The Undergrowth by Kazys Binkis
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
The Seven Beauties by Nizami Ganjavi
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
2014
We are all well (Lith. Mums viskas gerai) by Dorota Masłowska
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
2013
Mute (Lith. Nebylys) by Juozas Tumas-Vaižgantas
Šiauliai State Drama Theater
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
Pagans (Lith. Stabmeldžiai) by Anna Jablonskaja
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
2012
The Christmas Tree at the Ivanovs by Alexander Vvedensky
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
2011
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
The Fundamentalist by Juha Jokela
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
He Who Gets Slapped by Leonid Andrejev
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
The Seagull by Antonas Čechovas
Baltijskij dom, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
2010
Barbora and Sigismund by Jonas Grinius
State Youth Theater
2009
Veronika by Giedrius Kuprevičius
Klaipeda State Musical Theater
Blackbird by David Horrower
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
Woe from Wit by Aleksandr Gribojedov
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania
2008
Pilgrim of Dreams by Eugenijus Ignatavičius, Jonas Vaitkus
State Youth Theater
Patriots by Petras Vaičiūnas
State Youth Theater
2007
Raven by David Harowerr
Audronis Liuga production
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
2006
Mary Stuart by Friedrich von Schiller
Kaliningrad Region Drama Theater
Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
State Youth Theater
2005
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
2004
Mary Stuart by Friedrich von Schiller
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
Sakura in Storm by Aivaras Mockus
Theatre Dova, Japan
2003
Helver’s Night by Ingmar Villqist
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
Madam Bovari by Gustave Flaubert
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
Fire and Belief by Bronius Kutavičius
Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
2002
Gagarin’s Street by Gregory Burke
Theatre and Cinema Information and Education Centre
Master and Margarita by Michail Bulgakov
Baltiskij Dom, Saint Petersburg
The Very Beginning by Jonas Mekas
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre
2001
Love, Jazz and Devil by Juozas Grušas
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Opera for Three Pennies by Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill
Klaipėda Musical Theatre
Seagull by Antonas Čechovas
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1998
Anna Weiss by Mike Cullen
Free Project
Salome by Richard Strauss
Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
Stepanchikov’s Estate by Fiodor Dostojevski
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
1997
The Christmas Tree at the Ivanovs by Alexander Vvedensky
Theatre Cinnober, Stockholm, Sweden
Father by August Strindberg
Lithuanian State Youth Theater
Cunning Woman by Carl Orff
Lithuanian Music Academy
King Ube by Alfred Jarry
Lithuanian Music Academy
1996
Miguel Manjara by Oskaras Milašius
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Oslo State High Theatre School, Norway
1995
House of Puppets by Henrik Ibsen
Lithuanian State Youth Theatre
Dream by August Strindberg
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
Tales of Vienna Forest by Ödön von Horváth
Oslo State High Theatre School, Norway
1994
Persona by Ingmar Bergman
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
1993
Opera for Three Pennies by Bertolt Brecht
Oslo State High Theatre School, Norway
Requiem by Antonín Dvořák
Lithuanian Opera and Ballet Theatre
1992
Marquise de Sad by Yokio Mishima
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi
Lithuanian Opera and Ballet Theatre
1991
Lamb of God by Feliksas Bajoras
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
1990
Ghetto by Joshua Sobol
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
All Soul’s Day by Adomas Mickevičius
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
Jana d’Ark on Fire by Arthur Honegger
Vilnius Concert and Sports House
1989
Antosė and a Starling by Jonas Vaitkus
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
Once Again about the Same by Jonas Vaitkus
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
Awakening by Antanas Škėma
Lithuanian State Academic Drama Theatre
1987
Golgotha (Rus. Голгота) by Chingiz Aitmatov
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Songs of Lazarus by Jordan Radichkov
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1986
Antigone by Jean Anouilh
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Nursing Home by Manol Korres
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1985
Literature Lessons by Jonas Vaitkus
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Richard II by William Shakespeare
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Valley by Eugène d’Albert
Kaunas State Musical Theatre
1984
Privates by Aleksej Dudarev
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Makakutis’ Adventures by Jonas Vaitkus
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Thrush – a Green Bird by Bronius Kutavičius, Sigitas Geda
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1983
Caligula by Albert Camus
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Scream by Tennessee Williams
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1982
Blue Horses in Red Meadow by Michail Shatrov
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1981
Lost People by Jonas Vaitkus according to the novel of Tomas Valentinas
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1980
Kingas by Juozas Glinskis
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Boys of Palo Street based on Ferenc Molnár
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Builder Solnes by Henrik Ibsen
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
General Rehearsal by Mati Unt
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Šarūnas by Vincas Krėvė
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1979
Our Games by Jonas Vaitkus based on works of the 20th century writers
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Red and Brown by Ivan Radojev
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1978
The Last by Maksim Gorky
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Union by Juozas Grušas
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1977
King Ube by Alfred Jarry
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1976
Lullaby by Zorair Chalapian
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1975
Wooden Doves by Kazys Saja
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Pilgrim of Dreams by Eugenijus Ignatavičius, Jonas Vaitkus
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1974
Lullaby by Zorair Chalapian
Šiauliai State Drama Theatre

The Most Important Works in Theatre and Television

2001
All Alone
Lithuanian Cinema Studio
1990
Thrush – A Green Bird
Lithuanian Cinema Studio
1989
Awakening
Lithuanian Cinema Studio
1988
Don Giovanni
Lithuanian Cinema Studio
1986
Zodiac of M.K.Č.
Lithuanian Cinema Studio

Awards

2012
Golden Cross of the Stage (Lith. Auksinis scenos kryžius) for directing the play The Christmas Tree at the Ivanovs by Alexander Vvedensky
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
1990
Golden wool prize for the best musical film at the International Music Film Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia
Scotman Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland)
1989
Soviet Union State Prize
1987
Lithuanian State prize

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