Sannikov, Konstantin Nikolaevich
Born May 30 (June 11), 1896, in Rogachev; died July 12, 1965, in Minsk. Soviet stage director, actor, and teacher. People’s Artist of the Byelorussian SSR (1949). Member of the CPSU from 1941.
Sannikov made his stage debut in 1916. In 1926 he began acting at the la. Kolas Byelorussian Theater in Vitebsk. In 1932 he was made head of the Byelorussian Third State Drama in Minsk (later in Gomel). His best work as a director included productions of Samuilenok’s The Death of a Wolf (1939), Mov-zon’s Konstantin Zaslonov (1947; State Prize of the USSR, 1952), Krapiva’s The Larks Are Singing (1950; State Prize of the USSR, 1952) and People and Devils (1958), Makaenok’s Excuse Me, Please! (1954), Gorky’s The Zykovs (1955), Gubarevich’s At a Sharp Turn (1956), and Słowacki’s Mazepa (1959). Beginning in 1947, Sannikov taught at the Byelorussian Institute of Theater Arts in Minsk, becoming a professor in 1960. Sannikov was awarded four orders, as well as various medals.