Chair of the department
People's Artist of USSR,
Laureate of the Lenin Prize,
Professor VASSILIY LANOVOY
Stage Speech is one of the most important disciplines in the professional teaching of the future actors. In The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute Stage Speech is taught in a dissoluble connection with Acting and has the same theoretical and methodological principles.
The department is proud of such names as Ksenya Semenova, Aleksandra Kruming, Evgenya Gardt, Tatyana Zaporozhets, Yakov Smolensky. each of them contributed a lot into the theory and practice of the discipline! Each of them had a unique acting and pedagogical individuality and worked long years for the benefit of the School!
Keeping the traditions of our Teachers we create a productive and creative atmosphere , respect every person and watch attentively over the development and professional growth of our students. During very hard years for the country and for the language the department placed a special emphasis on the Russian classical literature. Today - as before - one can hear Pushkin, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Rasputin, Aytmatov etc. at the exams on Artistic Speaking.
In the diploma repertoire of every course of students there are Evenings of Artistic Speaking. These are elocutionist concerts that bear the name "Reading the Classics". The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute frequently collaborates with different museums such as Chekhov, Pushkin, tsvetaeva, Gertsen museums, with different theatre and cultural organizations of Moscow. Every year we hold elocutionist concerts "Teachers and Students", in which teachers and students perform on the same stage and demonstrate the continuity of generations in The Vakhtangov School.
We also conduct scientific and methodological research at the department. In recent years we have published training manuals on different stages of the discipline. They help the students in their independent work and can be used by other groups of listeners who want to raise the level of their speech.
At the department there is a system of training developed specially for future teachers of speech techniques. Today, when there are almost no role models in speaking it's absolutely essential to cultivate the latest speech technologies, adapt these methods for teaching and implement them in theatre training.
Since 1998 the department has held the annual contest of elocutionists named after Yakov Smolensky. Students of theatre high schools come to take part in this competition from all over Russia and abroad. The Smolensky Contest does not only unite theatre youngsters and defines the criteria of the modern elocutionists' art but also helps to develop the Russian language, Russian theatre culture. It helps to make them more popular both in Russia and abroad.