Director, artist, scenographer.
Born 10 October, 1954.
In 1976, graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School-Studio. Member of the Artists’ Union of Russian and the Theatre Workers’ Union of the Russian Federation.
In 1976, began work at the Theatre on Malaya Bronnaya. Among the shows he designed were a number of productions directed by Anatoly Efros: Shakespeare, “Othello” (1976); I.S. Turgenev, “A Month in the Country” (1977); E. Radzinsky, “Don Juan, Continued” (1979); T. Williams, “Summer and Smoke” (1980); A. Arbuzov, “Remembrance" (1981); F. Bruckner, “Napoleon the First” and I. Dvoretsky’s “The Theatre Director” (1983). At the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, he designed Molière’s “Tartuffe,” Tolstoy’s “The Living Corpse,” and Y. Radichkov’s “An Attempt at Flying” (1984). At the Taganka Theatre of Drama and Comedy, he worked on S. Alexievich’s “War Has Not a Woman’s Face” (1985), “One-and-a-Half Square Meters,” based on the stories of B. Mozhaev, and Molière’s “The Misanthrope” (1986).
He designed shows in many of Moscow's other theatres, such as the Central Children’s Theatre, the Stanislavsky Theatre, the Gogol Theatre, the Ermolova Theatre, the Mossoviet Theatre, the Mayakovsky Theatre, and many others.
He also worked in theatres in St. Petersburg, Riga, Tallinn, Nizhny Novgorod, Vyatka, Volgograd, and other cities of the former Soviet Union, as well as abroad (Bulgaria, Japan).
As a designer, he worked on about 100 shows. He worked with directors V. Portnov, A. Tovstonogov, V. Sarkisov, M. Kiselov, Y. Arye, A. Shapiro, M. Rozovsky, and S. Arzibashev, among others.
In the beginning of the 1990s, Dmitry Krymov left the theatre to work with visual art, primarily in painting, drawing, and installations. He took part in many group and solo exhibitions, both in Russia and abroad.
From 2002, Dmitry Krymov has taught in the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS), where he has directed a course of theatre designers.
Dmitry Krymov’s shows have taken part in prestigious international festivals in Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Georgia, and Poland. The Dmitry Krymov Laboratory actively tours the world, and their shows have been accepted enthusiastically by audiences in Brazil, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Estonia, and other countries.
Nominations and awards:
2006: Stanislavsky Prize, in the "Innovation" category, for “Sir Vantes. Donkey Hot.”
2006: Grand Prix at the 7th annual Raduga International Festival in St. Petersburg, for Best Show, and a special critics’ prize for “Sir Vantes. Donkey Hot.”
2006: Golden Mask, in the "Experiment" category, for “Demon. View from Above.”
2006: Crystal Turandot for Best Director, awarded for “Demon. View from Above.”
2007: Nomination for the Golden Mask in the "Innovation" category, for “Sir Vantes. Donkey Hot.”
2007: Golden Triga at the Prague Quadrennial Exhibition of Performance Design and Space
2007: Certificate from the 8th annual Raduga International Theatre Festival for “Incredible Creativity in Search of a New Theatricality,” for “Auction"
2009: Golden Mask, in the “Experiment" and “Best Costume Design” categories (Vera Martynova, Maria Tregubova), for “Opus No. 7.”
2009: Theatre-Goer’s Star prize.
2010: Golden Mask for Best Costume Design (Maria Tregubova) for “Tararabumbiya.”
2012: Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival, for “As You Like it, based on Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream.’"
2013: City of Moscow Prize in Literature and Art, in the "Theatrical Art” category.
Moscow and Moscow Region Literature and Art Award, 2013. In the category of "Theatrical Art" for "Opus №7," "Gorki-10," and "As You Like It, based on Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream.''
Election as honored member to the Russian Academy of Fine Arts, 2014.
2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Special award for "Best Shared Process" for the Russian student exhibit "Do you want to speak bad English with us about art?" (by scenography students in the E. Kamenkovich - D. Krymov Workshop).
The "Golden Mask" national theatre prize, 2016. "O-i. Late Love" for "Drama: Best Small Show."
The 2016 "Moskovskiy Komsomolets" Theatre Prize. "In Their Own Words. A. Pushkin's 'Eugene Onegin'", for "Best Show for Children and Teenagers".
Born in 1954, he has directed and designed various productions in Moscow which have established him as one of the most original directorial voices of his generation. Krymov and his 'laboratory' present visually stunning, symbolic productions where every moment is original, hugely inventive and surprising. In Moscow, his performances are packed full of audience members hugely anticipating his next vision, waiting to be surprised and entertained. Having designed over a hundred productions in Moscow throughout the '80s and '90s, Krymov fuses art, prose, poetry and popular culture to reimagine, with the help of his company, famous stories through a world of expressive and striking design. In his productions, the design goes on a journey in the same way that the characters do. Set changes, buildings are created and images transformed. The actors often work with scene and props in the performance and construct objects before the audiences's eyes.