New Jersey Stage menu
New Jersey Stage home
New Jersey Stage search button

Search website


Acclaimed Director Roman Viktyuk Dies Of COVID, Was Part of JCTC'S Voices International Theatre Festival


originally published: 11/23/2020

Acclaimed Director Roman Viktyuk Dies Of COVID, Was Part of JCTC

The distinguished Ukrainian theater director Roman Viktyuk passed away last week at a Moscow hospital, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.  He contracted coronavirus in late October, and ended up in a hospital ward in the Russian capital where he lived. Viktyuk was 84. His death was confirmed by the directorate of the Moscow-based Roman Viktyuk Theater, which he led as artistic director.

His production of "Chernobyl... At the Beginning and the End of Time," was an official selection of the 2nd annual Voices International Theatre Festival, produced by the Jersey City Theater Center in October.  The production, filmed in Russia, was live-streamed as part of the Festival.  It was the last of his work to be seen by an American audience.

Viktyuk directed more than 250 productions in his career. The director was born in Ukraine, in Lviv in October 1936. He graduated from Russia's State Institute of Theater Arts (GITIS). He worked in several theaters in Moscow, as well as in Lviv and Vilnius. His namesake theater was opened in the Russian capital in 1991 and became a state theatre in 1996. He received the title of Honored Artist and People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, as well as the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine.

Acclaimed Director Roman Viktyuk Dies Of COVID, Was Part of JCTC

"It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that we grieve the the sudden loss of our dear friend and theatre colleague Roman Viktyuk," said Olga Levina, the founding artistic director of the Jersey City Theater Center.  "He was a major theatre and film artist, a risk taker, an innovator, and a forward thinking leader. His production of 'Chernobyl,' which we screened as part of the Voices International Theatre Festival just last month, is a haunting testament to the dangers all of us are facing, as our environments, our communities and our climate are being forever damaged. We send our sincere condolences to Mr. Viktyuk's artistic family and all who loved him and his work."

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is a nonprofit, 501c3 arts organization and manages programming at Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. They are committed to inspiring conversations about the important topics of our times through innovative and progressive performing and visual arts that embrace the diversity of Jersey City, bringing its community closer together and enhancing its quality of life.

Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info

Advertise with New Jersey Stage for $50-$100 per month, click here for info



more in theatre



Zero Gravity

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 7:00pm
NJ Film Festival
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: film

Click here for full description

Year One

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 8:00pm
Premiere Stages - Bauer Boucher Theatre Center
1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
category: theatre

Click here for full description

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 7:30pm
Lizzie Rose Outdoor Show
450 Ishmael Road, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
category: music

Click here for full description

Brian Regan

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 8:00pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
category: comedy

Click here for full description

Europium Dancetheater Film Premiere: "365" Plus Director Linda Erickson Q&A

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 6:30pm
Hopewell Theater
5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525
category: dance

Click here for full description

For more event listings, click here



New Jersey Stage © 2021 by Wine Time Media, LLC | PO Box 140, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 | info@newjerseystage.com

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms.
If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Art | Comedy | Dance | Film | Music | Theatre | Ad Rates | About Us | Pitch a Story | Links | Radio Shows