Gidal Shugaev was born in Leningrad in 1974. While still a school pupil, he began his artistic career at the Theatre of Youth Creativity, with which he continues to collaborate today – now as a lecturer and head of the lighting department. He graduated from the St Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation and St Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. Lighting designer and design technologist of the “Show Consulting” studio and lighting designer and co-founder of the “Lighting for Theatre” creative workshop.
Has taken part in the creation of many drama and musical productions both in Russia and internationally. Productions on which he has worked include: Don Quixote, Late Love, Tartuffe, Love Laces, The Lion in Winter and L’École des contribuables (Youth Theatre on the Fontanka), Titius the Impeccable and The Wizard of the Emerald City (Bryantsev Young Spectators’ Theatre), Paola e i leoni (St Petersburg Andrey Mironov “Russian Enterprise” theatre), Dernier Amour (Theatre on Liteyny), THE DEMONS, Without a Dowry, Valentin and Valentina, Elsa’s Land, Dead Souls, The Government Inspector and Duck Hunting (Lensoviet Theatre), August. Osage County, Kolya + Olya, Funny Money, Divas and Forest (Samara Academic Gorky Drama Theatre), La Vie parisienne and Truffaldino (Novosibirsk Musical Comedy Theatre), Twelfth Night and Uncle’s Dream (Mikhail Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre) and Dulcinea (Moscow Young Spectators’ Theatre) among others.
Has taken part in the production of numerous shows, among them the St Petersburg tercentenary celebrations, St Petersburg’s “Scarlet Sails” celebration for school-leavers, the celebratory closing of the fountains in Peterhof and the multimedia production Ode to the Fatherland commemorating the two hundredth anniversary of the Patriotic War of 1812 among others.
Recipient of Russia’s Harlequin theatre prize (2010).
Information for July 2021