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“Ingenious! It left me wanting more…”

The New York Times

for chekhovOS /an experimental game/

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Igor
Golyak

Director, Live & Virtual Theater
Founder, Arlekin Players Theatre

Press

"Igor Golyak [has] already come up with one of the virtual era’s most acclaimed productions”

— Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Times 

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"There’s a certain fearlessness to Igor Golyak. This is a director driven to reimagine and deconstruct classic texts, not just stage them."

— Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

 

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"[Golyak] may have very well pioneered a new form of interactive entertainment.“

— Eric Hauter, GamingNexus

 

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"Golyak’s production fuses film, theater, and video game technology to create a new hybrid platform."

— Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly 

 

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"Golyak’s inventive version takes the classic story for a wild ride — and I was thrilled to be on the bus."

— Jacquin Sinclair, WBUR/NPR

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The Orchard Off-Broadway

An adaptation of The Cherry Orchard

May–July 2022

Hybrid | In-Person in New York, NY |

Virtual Online, Accessible Worldwide 

The Making of The Orchard Virtual Experience

RECENT PROJECTS

chekhovOS

an experimental game

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May–June 2021

Virtual | Online

 

Awards:

  • The New York Times Critic’s Pick

  • Broadway World Regional Award:  Best Director of a Streamed Production,

  • 2022 Elliot Norton Special Citation for ‘Pioneering Work in Online Theater’

  • This Week in New York Pandemic Award

  • Best Theater of 2021, Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

  • Best Theater of 2021, Jules Becker, The Jewish Journal

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State vs Natasha Banina

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May–December 2020

Virtual | Online

Awards: 

  • The New York Times Critic’s Pick

  • London Fringe Festival “OFFies Award”  Nominee

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The Seagull

November–December 2019

In-person

Awards: 

  • 2020 Elliot Norton Award Nominee: Outstanding Production

  • 2020 Elliot Norton Award Nominee: Outstanding Direction

  • 2020 Elliot Norton Award Nominee: ​​Outstanding Ensemble

  • 2020 Elliot Norton Award Winner: Outstanding Design

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The Stone

September 2019

In-person

Awards: 

  • 2020 Eliot Norton Award Winner: Outstanding Production

  • 2020 Eliot Norton Award Winner: Outstanding Direction

  • 2020 Elliot Norton Award Nominee: ​​Outstanding Ensemble

  • 2020 Elliot Norton Award Nominee: Outstanding Design 

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The Merchant of Venice

September–October 2021

In-person

Awards:

  • Best Theater of 2021, Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe

  • Best Theater of 2021, Ed Seigel, WBUR

  • Best Theater of 2021, Jules Becker, The Jewish Journal