By Lilit Petrosyan
NEW YORK — A big dreamer and extremely talented soul, Artur Makaryan likes to say that “if you have a determined mind, you have already done half of the job. The fulfillment of your dreams requires time and hard work. You can never have more unless you do more.”
The academic and professional achievements of a 26-year-old dramatic director, a nominee and a winner of national and international outstanding festivals, are truly inspiring. Makaryan has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography. He studied at the “Acting International” professional school in Paris and now (since September 2015) he is one of six theater directors to have been selected as a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree at Columbia University. He was also enrolled in the master’s program at the Paris-Sorbonne University where he conducted a research in the theater department.
“My passion for classical music, acting and directing inspired me to do a research about where exactly the female performer belongs in the musical theatre,” he said. His research project at the Sorbonne is called “The theatre and the feminism” where he tries to unveil the level of a woman’s authority and her role in the theatrical environment.
Makaryan said he believes that the theatre should be a thought leader as powerful as the Internet or television is nowadays. The theatre’s repertory should address current breaking issues and provide solutions for them. “As artists we are meant to observe. There are so many oppressed nations and minorities around us who don’t have the possibility to talk openly about their issues. It is our responsibility to notice and give them the space to be heard,” he said.
From Paris to New York, from Stokke (Norway) to Toga (Japan), his international experiences have shaped his personality and theatrical aspirations. French, German and now also Italian are the languages that Artur has recently added to his linguistic bouquet. With every new city and every new language, he has acquired a new understanding and a new appreciation of different cultures and diversity.