Belov, Acting (1985)
Tanya Belov was well known in Russia before she left for the United
States in 1981. She appeared on and hosted several radio and television
shows and had roles in the Soviet films NO PROBLEM and THREE ORANGES.
She starred at the Moscow State Music Hall Theatre and was the first
woman in the former Soviet Union to win first prize in this category as
a comedian – at the National Competition of Professional
Entertaining Actors. Ms. Belov caught the acting fever from her
parents, also comedy actors. Surrounded by her family’s
circle of professional actors, she enthusiastically embraced the
profession, despite the horror stories about life as an actor that were
designed to dissuade her from the career.
Today, the skills what won her acclaim in her homeland are providing
classroom and stage lessons for UNCSA School of Drama students.
“There are secrets to share about this profession,” she
says. “I am at the point where I can step back and enjoy the
talent of students who might be smarter and come up with some great new
approaches and not be jealous about it.”
At the University of North Carolina School
of the Arts, she has directed Chekhov in Yalta by John Driver
and Jeffrey Haddow, The Sea Gull by Anton Chekhov, Fathers
and Sons by Ivan Turgenev and Tartuffe by Moliere. She
also directed Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill and The Servant
of Two Masters by Carlo Galdoni at Case Western Reserve University.
As an actor, Ms. Belov performed nationally and internationally and was
reviewed by The New York Times and Village Voice.
As a guest artist, she taught acting for MFA
programs at Denver National Conservatory, Case Western Reserve
University and Brown University. She is a permanent guest artist
at the Moscow Professional Theatre Conference on Stanislavski.