Oleg is a professionally trained actor, director, voice-over artist, and acting/dialogue coach. His credits range from films and television to radio and theatre. A native Russian, Oleg's work takes him across Europe and all over the world. His work is unique and draws equally from the three great masters of the Russian stage: Stanislavski, Meyerhold, and Vakhtangov. The latter is Oleg's greatest influence. Oleg has developed his own technique, style, and set of exercises, all of which encourage actors to be playful, to focus on imagination and justification, and to have artistic courage and strong physicality.
He continues to conduct research into the Vakhtangov traditions and techniques, experimenting with approaches and methodologies, and blending the new and the classic. His findings are well-regarded, and have resulted in innovative and engaging theatrical experiences. Oleg is based in London, where he is the artistic director of Belka Productions and a senior lecturer and acting tutor at Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins. Oleg continues to produce stage work, act, and lend his voice to audio dramas, radio, commercials, audiobooks, and documentaries.
(on Oleg's approach to acting)
“Having studied with Oleg, I found him to be a sensitive, intelligent and inspiring acting coach. I feel that he has always been receptive and very easy to work with.”
(on Oleg's dialogue coaching)
“I had a wonderful experience working with Oleg. He was able to help me with sounds and inflections but also had a great understanding of character as well. So by the time I was on set I was able to play the part and not just to say the words correctly. His help and sensitivity to the actor’s process was greatly appreciated.”
(on Oleg's production of The Cherry Orchard)
“It is very imaginative, liberating and bold work, full of conceptually refreshing directorial choices and wonderfully playful acting.”
(on Oleg's acting classes)
“Oleg’s classes gave me the freedom to be brave, bold and creative. I lost my fear of new challenges and grew as a performer. Oleg taught me not to rely simply on text but to use many other tools.”
News and Recent Work
June, 2020 — Belka Webinar
Oleg and Belka Productions will be hosting a webinar on Saturday, June 6th, 15:00-16:00 (GMT+1).
An Introduction to the Vakhtangov Technique’ is an informative Zoom webinar that will consist of:
1. An introduction to the basic principles of Vakhtangov’s approach to theatre, and to the craft of acting.
2. Defining and explaining how “fantastic realism” is the foundation of Vakhtangov’s technique.
3. A short discussion and Q&A session
To book a place and for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
May, 2020 — Killing Eve
Oleg is guest-starring on Ep. 7 of the new season of the critcally-acclaimed BBC America/AMC show Killing Eve. New episodes are airing every Sunday on BBC America and AMC in the US starting on Sunday April 12th. Catch up on BBC iPlayer, available to stream every Monday from 6am or watch on BBC One, the first episode will air every Sunday at 9pm starting on April 19th.
January, 2020 — Uncle Vanya
Oleg had the pleasure of serving as a Russian consultant on the new West End production of Uncle Vanya. Currently playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre, the play, which is directed by Ian Rickson in a new version written by Conor McPherson and starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage, is receiving rave reviews and critical acclaims. Visit unclevanyaplay.com for more information.
2019-2020 — Strike Back
Russian Dialogue Coach
Oleg is working on a few episodes of the television series Strike Back as a Russian dialogue coach.
Killing Eve (2020)(TV)
Season 3, Episode 7
Role: Detention Center Psychiatrist
Director: Damon Thomas
Production: BBC America, Sid Gentle Films
Season 3, Episode 7: "Prima"
Role: Miroslav Kutznetsov
Director: Paul Fox
Production: CBS, Global
The Feed (2019)(TV)
Season 1, Episode 1
Role: Dmitri Garin
Director: Carl Tibbetts
Production: Amazon Video, Studio Lambert
Season 1, Episode 6
Role: Vadim's Lawyer
Director: James Watkins
Season 2, Episode 10: "The Legend of Alexei Volkov"
Director: Ken Biller
Production: Fox 21, TNT
Director: Sam Mendes
Production: Eon Productions