OLEG MIROCHNIKOV, 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.
Over the years Oleg has been involved in a variety of research projects with a particular emphasis on the Vakhtangov technique. Recent credits include X-Men: First Class, acting as dialogue coach to Kevin Bacon and other members of the cast, and World War Z, on which he worked as both an actor and Russian consultant. Recent stage credits include the critically acclaimed Before I sleep by Dreamthinkspeak, and Belka's first production, A Warsaw Melody, at the Arcola Theatre in 2012. Oleg is also a prolific voice over artist and director. Recent clients include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Disney, and the Discovery Channel.
LIANA NYQUIST, Associate Director & Movement
Liana was born in Sweden. She became the assistant to Dr Yat Malmgren, the founder of Drama Centre and the Movement Director to Christopher Fettes, The Principal. Liana studied classical ballet at the Royal Academy in Sweden and the Martha Graham technique at the London School of Contemporary Dance (The Place). She is a vanguard figure of physical theatre, having performed with various dance and physical theatre companies all over Europe. She has lived in Brazil, working for the British Council, the universities of Sao Paulo and Campinhas, and performing with Brazil's leading dance company Cisne Negro.
Liana has extensive experience as a Movement Director on both stage and film. Recent films include Sennentuntchi (2010), Clash of Titans (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011), Immortal (2011), Spartacus (2011), The Swiss Miss Massacre (2012) & Der Minister (Germany, 2013). Recent stage credits include The Missus Massacre (Switzerland, 2012), A Warsaw Melody (2012), & Chess (Opera House, Sweden 2012-2013).
Liana is also an acting coach and gives workshops in movement and the analysis of movement all over Europe and beyond, with recent lectures in London, Berlin, Zurich and Paris.