Light Designer

Damir Ismagilov was born in Moscow, graduated from the Moscow Theatre and Arts Technical School, the Production Department of the Moscow Art Theatre School. He is a member of the Union of Russian Artists and the Union of Theatre Workers of Russia. Damir Ismagilov is a four times winner of “The Golden Mask” National Theatre Award (2010, 2011, 2012 – twice). He is the Honoured Arts Worker of the Russian Federation (2008). After graduating from the Moscow Theatre and Arts Technical School, he has been working as a lighting man at the Moscow Art Theatre, named after A. Chekhov, then he has headed the lightening team of the Small stage and has begun his work as a light designer. From 1982 to 1987 he took part in the reconstruction of the theatre historical building in the Kamergersky lane. Later on, he has made a contribution to the construction of the Bolshoi Theatre’s New stage and reconstruction of the Main stage. Damir Ismagilov has been working at the Bolshoi Theatre since 1996, and in 2002 he has become its Chief Lightning Designer. His employment list includes the following theatres: the Mariinsky Theatre, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre, the Russian Academic Youth Theatre, the Maly Theatre, the Yermolova Theatre, the Theatre Studio under Oleg Tabakov, the Theatre of the Russian Army, the Pushkin Theatre, the Mossovet Theatre, the Moscow Operetta Theatre, the theatres of Novosibirsk, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Norilsk, Kazan, Ufa, Oryol, Orenburg. He has made the lighting plot for more than 400 performances. Since 1987 Damir Ismagilov was working as a teacher of Performance Decoration and Lightning in the Moscow Theatre and Arts Technical School, since 2000 he has become a teacher of Theatre Lighting in the Moscow Art Theatre School. He is the author of the book “Theatre Lighting” (2005) and also the Deputy Chairperson of the Russian Lightning Designers Association. Since 2004 Damir Ismagilov also works as a Chief Lightning Designer of the Helikon-Opera. Damir Ismagilov is an ideologist and the author of the concept of lighting equipment, provided for the stage venues of the reopened Helikon-Opera historical building in the Bolshya Nikitskaya Street.

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