Sunday, January 24, 2021, 22:30 EET (GMT +02:00)
Director: Richard St. Peter / USA
Actor: Sorin Leoveanu
Episode: Day 7. Story 5
about the Director
Richard St. Peter
Richard St. Peter (Director, Fifth Story from Day the Seventh) is so excited to be part of this amazing project with colleagues from around the world.
For the National Theatre ‘Marin Sorescu’ he directed Spatiu Privat and for the University of Craiova he directed Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psihoza. He directed the devised piece Fault/Line for the MeetFactory in Prague. He has also directed in New York City and around the United States. He is a 2002 recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Theater Award, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab and a past participant in the LaMaMa/Umbria International Directors Symposium held in Spoleto, Italy.
Since 2006 he’s been a visiting lecturer at London’s Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and has also guest lectured at Trinity College, Dublin. He has an MFA in Stage Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University.
He is grateful to Vlad Drăgulescu for the opportunity and cannot wait until he can actually be back in Craiova, a city that is very close to his heart. One Love. (www.richardstpeter.com).
about the actor
Sorin Leoveanu is one of the most talented, profound, appreciated and loved actors in Romania, as evidenced by his memorable roles, performed both at the National Theater of Craiova and at the National Theater of Cluj, Bulandra Theater, Odeon Theater, etc.
Sorin Leoveanu made his debut at the National Theater in Craiova in the role of Mr. Ponza in Right You Are (If You Think So) by Luigi Pirandello, in 1999, after which he played Beppo from Carlo Goldoni’s Gossip Carnival (2000) and Florindo Aretussi from The Servant to Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni (2001), all directed by Vlad Mugur.
At the age of 27, his director and mentor, Vlad Mugur, cast him in the title role in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, at the National Theater in Cluj (2001), Leoveanu making by this play a reference role for the history of contemporary Romanian theater.
In fact, Sorin Leoveanu’s career has often been rewarded with numerous awards and distinctions:
Winner of the UNITER Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the title role in the play Caligula by Albert Camus, directed by László Bocsárdi, at the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater in Craiova, 2012;
Winner of the UNITER Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Investigator in the play Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoevsky, directed by Yuriy Kordonskiy, at the Bulandra Theater (2007);
Winner of the UNITER Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Lucio in the play Measure for Measure by W. Shakespeare, directed by Silviu Purcărete, at the National Theater “Marin Sorescu” in Craiova (2009);
Nominated for the UNITER Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and winner of the Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Cluj-Napoca National Theater Awards Gala), for the role of Hitler in the play Mein Kampf by George Tabori, directed by Alexandru Dabija, at the Cluj-Napoca National Theater (2015);
For the roles Hamlet (Hamlet by W. Shakespeare, directed by Vlad Mugur, National Theater in Cluj) and Khlestakov (Auditor of N. V. Gogol, directed by Claudiu Goga, National Theater “Marin Sorescu” in Craiova) received both the AICT Award, given by the International Association of Theater Critics (2001) and the Prize of the Ministry of Culture for Young Artists (2002).
For the most recent role that he played – Barry Champlain from the play Radio by Eric Bogosian, directed by Bobi Pricop (2019, “Marin Sorescu” National Theater in Craiova), he was nominated for the UNITER Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
For his roles in the film, Sorin Leoveanu received a nomination for the GOPO Award for Best Actor and the Geo Barton Male Performance Award for the role of Sorin Pîrvu in Q. E. D., directed by Andrei Gruzsniczki (2015) and, in 2013, a nomination for GOPO Award for Best Supporting Actor, for the role of Gogu in Undeva la Palilula (Somewhere in Palilula), directed by Silviu Purcărete.
The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, awarded him, in 2016 with the Order “Cultural Merit” in the rank of Knight, category D – “Performing Arts“.
about the Light Designer
Steven Koehler is a theatre administrator and lighting designer. As a lighting designer, Steven has designed hundreds of shows throughout the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.
Most recently, Steven served as the lighting designer for the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s presentation of Enigmas at the Piedmont Valley Community College, as well as a presentation of El Dia de Los Muertos with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
Some of Steven’s credits include: Good People, The Syringa Tree, The Woman in Black (The Company of Fools in Hailey Idaho), a.m. Sunday and Hamlet (Actors Guild of Lexington), and several shows for Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond Virginia.
For three years he has served as the Managing Director of Swift Creek Mill Theatre in Chesterfield Virginia, a professional theatre south of Richmond Virginia. Steven has also been Managing Director of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in Lafayette, Indiana, and Actors Guild of Lexington in Lexington Kentucky. Steven has served on the Boards of The Kentucky Theatre Association, The Indiana Community Theatre Association, and the Richmond Virginia Theatre Alliance. Steven has served as a panelist for The Indiana Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.