Was born in a year of Fire Horse under the sign of Leo, quite some time ago. Measurements: 90x60x90 (inner age x IQ x weight in pounds).
Professions in Russia: a security guard, a leader of a band, a director of an amateur theatre, a teacher, a director of a professional theatre, a director of advertisement, a director of TV programs, a stage artist, a private in Russian army, an art director of a Youth Studio, an editor, a TV host, a carpenter etc.
Elena Schirova came to Russian Theatre Calgary to a play “Pyjamas for Six” by Mark Camoletti. Her portrayal of Jacqueline, a difficult role with multiple layers, was brilliant and received a high praise by both audience and critics.
Since childhood Elena was very active in amateur theatres and clubs, however after immigrating to Canada, she turn to art and became an artist: first art lessons, first paintings, it helped Elena to fill the void of lack of acting. When she found out about the Russian Theatre Calgary, and saw its production “Miriam” twice, Elena contacted the Theatre’s director Valery Paschuk asking to accept her to the Theatre. The first reading of Camoletti’s “Pygama” clearly showed that Elena and Jacqueline are made for each other, and the Russian Theatre Calgary got another star: Elena Schirova.
5 years experience in the KVN ("Club of merry and quick-witted"). From 1996 to 2000 - the team captain of the Nizhnevartovsk "Siberian Valenki." The team was the winner of multiple municipal, county and regional festivals and took part in regional festivals.
From 2002 to 2005 - Director of "Autoradio-Nizhnevartovsk" FM station.
From a very young age Igor ‘fell’ for both a theatre and a stage, always participating in school and college’s performances. Then he became a part of an amateur theatre under Vladimir Tolokonnikov in Almaty, where he played quite a few successful roles, including a role of Pavel Gulyachkin in “Mandate”, a play of Nikolai Erdman, in 1987.
After immigrating to Canada, and settling in Calgary, he once again found his favourite hobby. He organized in his own basement an amateur theatrical studio, and with a help of like enthusiasts started to create a Theatre. The most successful Igor’s production was a play “A Tale about Fyodor, the Archer, a Great Fellow”, that was shown to Russian-speaking audience of Calgary on March 12th, 2007.
Iana Best became an actress of Russian Theatre Calgary thanks to Maria Sumarokova, president of famous in Russian community "Slavyansky Club". As soon as she heard about a new Russian Theatre Calgary, Maria sent Iana's contacts to its producer Maxim Ivanita.
According to Iana, she can live on a stage. In kindergarten she performed in children's festivals, in primary school – participated in amateur theatre, in high school – she wrote school plays, directed many school theatrical projects, and acted wherever she had a chance. After a failed attempt to enter to acting school in Gorky, Russia, Iana thought that acting will always remain a dream.
Sergey came to Calgary from Latvia in 2002. He is a web-developer by day, and musician and glider pilot in his spare time. Now he is an actor as well. Not being a professional actor, Sergey very quickly became an integral part of the acting team.
The first role for Sergey was George in "Pajamas for Six" by Marc Kamoletti, where he had to cover for Maxim Ivanita. After the "Pajamas" was over, Theatre's director Valery Paschuk had offered Sergey to take part in the new production, and Sergey happily accepted the offer.
Tamilla Ahmedova graduated from VGIK in Moscow Russia under supervision of internationally known Sergey Bondarcuk and Evgeniy Matveev.
Shortly after graduation she appeared in Azhdar Ibragimov’s film “Cudak” as Ayten, in AzerbaijanFilm Studio, where she had the pleasure of working with stars I. Miroshnicenko, G. Grigoriy, H. Turabov.