Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Our talented ensemble of actors forms the heart and soul of 'Baudelaire's Passion. Hailing from Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Latvia, and beyond, their diverse backgrounds and extraordinary performances infuse the play with a vibrant tapestry of global cultures. These skilled performers bring Charles Baudelaire's story to life, captivating audiences with their depth, emotion, and undeniable stage presence. Prepare to be enthralled as these exceptional actors transport you into the enchanting world of the iconic poet.
Born in Ukraine. One year ago immigrated to New York with his family and three kids. In 2005 He graduated from the theatrical academy of Ukraine.
His acting career includes more than 30 movie roles and many theatrical performances at the Ukrainian theater "Visavi".
The role of Baudelaire is his debut on American theatrical stage, even though it is in Russian, but his incredible talent is universal.
Playing Jeanne Duval
Anna Nesterova is a graduate of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, where she completed a degree in directing feature films. Anna's first degree is as an actress in dramatic theater and cinema. In New York Anna graduated from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where she had an opportunity to act in her first ever English speaking role as Kate Quin in the production of "Uncommon Women and Others".After she continued working with Steps Theatre on productions ‘At the Ark at Eight’ and ‘Ask Joseph’.
Honored actress of Russia, member of SAG-AFTRA. Graduated from Academy of Theatre Arts(GITIS), stage acting, Moscow, Russia. Almost 25 years of experience as an actress on the stage of the theaters in Saint-Petersburg and other Russian cities. Played number of significant leading characters such as: Medea, Anne Sullivan, Edith Piaf, Cressida, Joan of Arc, Electra, Viola & Sebastian. In New-York work with Theater of Russian Actors NYC(TRACT): Madam X “The Equation With Two Unknowns”, Porfiry Petrovich “Raskolnikov and the Pawnbroker“. Played roles in TV series include" BULL (CBS), For Life (ABC), Love Life (HBO MAX), Madam Secretary (ABC).
Gala graduated from Kiev State University of Theater and Cinematography. She was studying acting with outstanding Artistic Director professor N.N.Rushkovskiy. Before graduating, Gala was invited to play the leading part in the Astrid Lingren's Pippi Long Stockings in the Theater for the Young Audience, for which she received the ‘Debut of the Year’ Award. For years, Gala played various characters in theater and movies, on TV and Radio shows. She received the 1st Prize at the Golden Lion Theater Festival in Lviv for her acting in the show based on the poetry of A. Galich. For her exceptional work of many years, Gala was awarded a title of Honored Artist of Ukranian Republic in 1988. In 1990, Gala emigrated to Israel where she worked as an actress in Jerusalem Short Plays Theater playing one of the leading roles.
Playing St. Peter
Roman is a graduate of The Schukin Theater School in Moscow. He directed and performed in many major theatrical plays. Roman worked at the Moscow Jewish Chamber Musical Theater as a musical actor and, throughout his six years there, starred in all of the company’s productions.
As a company member, Mr. Freud toured and performed in New York, Melbourne, Milan, Rome, Budapest, and dozens of cities in the former Soviet Union. Mr. Freud moved to the United States in 1991. His stage credits include Russian and English versions of many theatrical plays staged by various theatrical companies in New York.
Mr. Freud has been writing film and theatrical scripts in English and Russian. They have won various prestigious theatrical awards, such as a nomination in the New York Independent Film Festival.
Harvard graduate economist, Lev pursued different creative directions, he directed short films that were featured in the New York Film Festival as well as in France in Les etrange festival, he is a connoisseur of arts and is currently acting/producing in the Baudelaire's Passion production as well as in Miami Theater.
Playing Theophile Gautier
Badimir is very excited to be a part of Baudelaire's Passion. Originally from Russia, he has always been interested in theater and continued his studies in drama school in Nizhny Novgorod where he started playing supporting roles in Theater of Comedy. After moving to New York City he has mostly been seen as a DJ and music producer, and now Badimir is back to the stage portraying the best friend of Baudelaire, another famous French poet, Theophile Gautier.
Playing Madame Appolonie Sabatier
Iryna is from Kyiv, Ukraine, arrived in New York in May 2022. She is a graduate of Ukraine's theatrical institute, has been very well known by many roles in films and theater at home and abroad. She worked with Ivory films, Starmedia, Telepro, Kievtelefilm, Film UA, etc. She has done TV series as well as feature films.
Playing Madame Appolonie Sabatier
Originally from Georgia, Zeyna Gagne studied classical piano, ballet, and acting in both Riga, Latvia, as well as Paris, France. As an actress, she has appeared in the theatrical shows Peculiarities of Love and Inspired by Baroque at Spy Club NYC. Zeyna worked as an assistant producer for the Steve Leber/David Krebs US tour of the Moscow Circus including an engagement at Radio City Music Hall, produced the choreographic fashion show Wearable Sculpture, as well putting on many evenings of Russian theater and art exhibitions in Paris and NYC, including at La Maison de Russie a Paris (Russian Cultural House in Paris). She is a financial analyst in addition to producing artistic projects in America and Europe (France, Latvia, Georgia).
Karen Hakobian is an artist, musician, and researcher based in Yerevan and New York. He studied piano and acting at Yerevan Art School n1 in the late 90s and was one of the founders of “Roof” experimental theater in Yerevan, acknowledged for his roles of Dostoevsky’s Raskolnikov and the Teacher in Ionescu’s “The lesson,” street performances and TV projects in Armenia. In 2004 He was a resident of the Roman Viktuk theater in Moscow. Since 2011 he has been collaborating with Paris-based Vahram Zaryan Theater Company, conceptualizing and practicing body, gesture, movement, and sound practices in the context of exile and identity. Their production of “Mater Replic” and “La Tête en bas” was shown in several centers in Paris and New York.
Graduated from the East Siberian State Academy of Arts. Specialty - acting art, qualification - musical theater artist. He served in the Buryat Drama Theater. Hotsa-Namsaraev, Youth Art Theater, Puppet Theater "Ulger." Theater of plastic improvisations under the direction of Evgenia Gerasimova. He has played more than 30 roles in theater and cinema and participated in many theatrical festivals, such as the Golden Mask.
Playing Alexandr Dumas
Konstantin Mishchenko (born in 1965). He is a drama theater director by education. From 1993 to 2016 he served as an actor at the Wheel Theater (Kiev, Ukraine). He played in Ukrainian plays of the classical repertoire. In 2016 he moved to New York (USA). From 2016 to the present, he has been working as an extras actor in various TV Series, feature films.