OLIVER KING - Executive & Artistic Director
After graduating from Durham University Oliver trained as an actor at Drama Centre London & The Boris Schukin Theatre School in Moscow. Oliver established Belka Productions with Oleg Mirochnikov & Rosy Benjamin in 2011. Producing credits include The Sovremnnik Theatre - West End Season (Piccadilly Theatre), And Here I Am (Arcola, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and UK, Palestine Tour), Queens of Syria (Young Vic, New London & UK Tour), Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya (Wyndham's), Donkey Heart (Trafalgar Studios), Luce (Southwark Playhouse), A Dashing Fellow, An Imaginary Circus (New Diorama), Tied to You (Pushkin House), A Warsaw Melody (Arcola Theatre), Sunstroke (Platform Theatre), Piranha Heights (Old Red Lion), Lunch (Vault Festival, Edinburgh & touring), Mary Postgate, Hansel & Gretel (Edinburgh Festival), A Company of Wayward Saints, Another Country, A Picture of Dorian Gray (Assembly Rooms, Durham).
Oliver has worked for Lee Menzies Ltd and the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Zimbabwe), and was a sponsorship consultant on From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre). Oliver is also the Managing Director of UK based international arts charity, Developing Artists - www.developingartists.org.uk.
OLEG MIROCHNIKOV - Joint Artistic Director
Oleg trained as an actor at the Belorussian Academy of Theatre and Art in Minsk and performed extensively in film, stage and TV in his native country before coming to Western Europe. As a Theatre Director and Acting Coach, he has worked throughout Europe and the UK. His work draws equally from the three great masters of the Russian stage: Stanislavski, Meyerhold and Vakhtangov. He has trained generations of successful actors including the likes of Russel Brand, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy and Emilia Clarke. For his full biography click here.
ROSY BENJAMIN - Co Founder
Rosy trained as an actor at Drama Centre London & The Boris Schukin Theatre School in Moscow. Rosy's stage credits include: The Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios), Backbeat (Duke of York's), Sunstroke (Platform Theatre), The Long Road to Camden and Trenton (King's Head), La Boheme (Soho), Banquet of the Senses, Lingua (Shakespeare's Globe). Film and TV Includes: Genius, Florence Foster Jenkins, Heartstrings, Buffy and 5 Needles. Rosy co-wrote A Dashing Fellow for Belka Productions.
EKATERINA KASHYNTSEVA - Senior Partner and Project Coordinator
Following a career in fashion industry, Ekaterina retrained as an art historian, completing her Masters in Contemporary Art at Glasgow University. The "Sovremennik Season" was her first theatrical project where she acted as Production Coordinator and the Sponsor's Representative. She now works at Belka Productions and is a partner on our Russian projects.
GRANT EDWARDS - Assistant Producer
Grant began his theatrical career as an Actor in 2010 and later trained at Drama Centre London. He has worked with multiple theatre and opera companies as a Producer and General/Production Manager, facilitating plays, operas, concerts and album launches. Grant has been the Associate Producer for Wild Yak Productions since January, firstly managing Requiem for Aleppo (Sadler's Wells, Edinburgh – Pleasance at EICC). He then worked with Wild Yak/Belka Productions on The Sovremennik Theatre - West End Season (Piccadilly Theatre) and continues to work with the companies as Oliver's assistant.
SVETLANA OSIPOVA - Moscow Consultant
JAMES ELLIOTT - Dramaturg