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Tanya 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.