Theatrus is a Canadian theatre group based in Toronto. We produce, perform, study and teach: drama, acting and language. Theatrus was founded in 2013 by Dmitry Zhukovsky, an acting coach, theatre director, actor and producer and Yulia Rubina, a linguist and communications specialist.
The mandate of Theatrus is to explore cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural spheres. We take theatre as language and language as theatre. At present, when creating our shows and conducting our courses and workshops, we work in English and in Russian. However, we are always open to new languages, new cultures and new approaches. We collaborate with various creative groups and individuals. Connecting people, ideas and cultures, we strongly believe that in the age of mass media and high-tech, theatre – which places a live human being both on stage and in the audience - has a potential to become one of the most refreshing and breathtaking experiences for every single person.
Dmitry Zhukovsky is a theatre director, acting coach and graphic designer. As an actor and acting teacher, Dmitry graduated from The Schukin Theatre Institute (Moscow), the famous Russian theatre school, founded by Evgeny Vakhtangov, the great theatre director and educator, a collaborator of Konstantin Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov, a pupil of the former and a mentor of the latter. Vakhtangov’s and Checkov's psychophysical methods, which organically combine a skillful psychological technique with expressive physical form, has influenced and defined Dmitry’s creative approaches in many respects.
Dmitry’s theatre career includes about 15 years as an actor and more than 25 years of teaching acting and directing in various theatre, TV and film schools. Working in USSR, Moldova, Russia and Canada, Dmitry Zhukovsky participated in creating more than thirty shows among which such authors as Shakespeare, Moliere, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Pirandello, Bulgakov, Beckett, Ionesco and many others. The last several years before moving to Toronto, Dmitry taught actors and TV directors at VGIK (Moscow, Russia), one of the oldest film schools in the world.
A recent arrival to Canada, Dmitry has created Theatrus company and has already taken part in several theatre and education projects. As an acting coach he participated in the development of innovative linguistic course Embodied English offered by the Toronto Laboratory Theatre; he worked as a producer and an assistant director on the show The Musician. An Étude. His last projects were directing the play I Take Your Hand in Mine presented by The Chekhov Collective in April 2017, Vivisection as a part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015 and The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov in February 2016. At present, collaborating with several English-speaking and Russian-speaking theatre groups, Dmitry Zhukovsky teaches acting and is working as a director and producer on new Theatrus' productions.
Russian Language coach
Yulia Rubina is a linguist and marketing specialist. She holds two MA degrees from Voronezh State University and Bauman Moscow State University, and has had a substantial experience in Russian language and literature teaching as well as in marketing communications. As a linguist, Yulia coached adults and children, Russian- and English-speaking students, she taught Russian as a first and a second language. Her marketing carrier includes more than ten years in creative development of advertising campaigns. She worked as a strategic planner for the world leading brands at the international creative agencies such as Ogilvy, Grey, Rapp and Sapient Nitro. As a cross-media director at Hearst Shkulev Media Publishing House (Russian editions of Elle, Marie Claire, Psychologies magazines) she was involved in development and production of integrated media content: advertising, storytelling, branded content to be communicated across multiple platforms such as print, web, events and more. In the last years before coming to Canada, Yulia was Head of Brand and Social Media Department at Beeline, a major telecom operator in Russia, and was responsible for the brand image, messaging and communications strategy. Having recently arrived in Toronto, she has already participated in co-production and community outreach for the show The Musician. An Étude, Vivisection as a part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov in February 2016 and I Take Your Hand in Mine presented by The Chekhov Collective in April 2017. At the moment, Yulia is working as a dramaturge, Russian language coach and producer of new Theatrus’ projects.