Tatyana Gessen

Tatyana Gessen

Independent Filmmaker

Biography

Tatyana Gessen graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School and worked as an actress at Moscow theaters till she relocated to the United States where she studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy.

Her first documentary “Unprotected Senses” about the groundbreaking Russian-Jewish theater director Kama Ginkas received the Accolade Competition Award of Excellence, Arts/Culture.

Her new documentary “Chekhov in Times of Change (In Search of a Monologue)” is an attempt to grapple with relevance and the remarkable staying power of Anton Chekhov, after Shakespeare the second most-staged playwright in the world. Filmed in London, Moscow, New York, Cambridge, the Chekhov estate outside Moscow, and the Moscow Art Theater itself, where Chekhov got his start and where American theater students still travel to learn Chekhov at the source.

Films

Unprotected Senses (2005)

Role: Director

Tatyana Gessen’s documentary about the groundbreaking Russian-Jewish theater director Kama Ginkas. Against the backdrop of modern Moscow and with commentaries by theater critic John Freedman, the scenes from Ginkas’s productions of the last fifteen years are shown and interspersed with Ginkas’s thoughts about life and theater. Accolade Competition Award of Excellence, Arts/Culture, 2005.

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