Kiselev, Iurii Petrovich
Born Feb. 1 (14), 1914, in Semenov, in what is now Gorky Oblast. Soviet Russian actor, stage director, and teacher. People’s Artist of the USSR (1974).
Kiselev graduated from the theatrical school of the Moscow Kamernyi Teatr in 1935. On stage since 1930, he has appeared at the Voroshilovgrad, Gorky, and Kaliningrad theaters for young audiences. Since 1943 he has been the principal stage director at the Saratov Theater for Young Audiences. His roles have included Podkhaliuzin in Ostrovskii’s It’s a Family Affair, We’ll Settle It Among Ourselves, Ferdinand in Schiller’s Love and Intrigue, and Kikila in Gamrekeli and Nakhutsrishvili’s The Adventures of Brave Kikila.
Kiselev has staged Alesha Peshkov (based on Gorky’s Childhood, 1952), The New People (based on Chernyshevskii’s What Is to Be Done?, 1953), Marshak’s If You Fear Sorrow, You’ll Never Know Happiness (1956), Akulov’s A Tale of Times Far and Near (1967), and Vasil’ev’s He Didn’t Appear on the List (1972).
Kiselev received the State Prize of the USSR in 1952 and the Stanislavsky State Prize of the RSFSR in 1968. He has been awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and several medals.