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Ara Yernjakyan

Founder and artistic director of the Yerevan Chamber Theatre
Date of Birt02․03․1951
Place of BirthYerevan
Education
1974 – Graduated from the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, Faculty of Cybernetics,
1983 – Graduated from the Yerevan State Art and Theatre Institute, majoring in directing.
AwardsPeople's Artist of the Republic of Armenia, Candidate of Art History

1971-1972: The first Armenian team, created by Ara Yernjakyan, of the “Club of the Merry and Ingenious” successfully performed at the all-Union competitions in Moscow, reaching the final stage. In 1976, he formed the “Men’s Club,” which had a specific theatrical focus.
In 1982, he founded the Yerevan Chamber Theatre, known for its unique interpretations, a laureate of several international festivals, and performed on various stages around the world.
Ara Yernjakyan – author of more than 50 plays, five film scripts, and a number of scientific works.

1992-1995

Implemented a number of television projects for “Nork” (Yerevan), “ORT” (Moscow), “Armenia Today” (USA) TV companies.

1996–2000

Ara Yernjakyan organized and held the first “Miss Armenia” national beauty and elegance contest in Armenia and was the chairman of the contest’s organizing committee. The winners of these competitions won many prizes and titles at various international award ceremonies.

1998-2001

Ara Yernjakyan served as the head of the Department of Culture, Youth Affairs, and Sports at the Yerevan Mayor’s Office.

2004 and 2008:   Published a four-volume book by Ara Yernjakyan “Pessimistic Comedies.” The collection includes a number of plays, research essays, and an article on the identification system.

2012:  Ara Yernjakyan was awarded a PhD in Art History. For his work “The Character of Horatio as a Metamorphosis of Ancient Greek Dance (Chorus).” According to experts, the work became a new word in Shakespeare studies, reinterpreting, perhaps, the most mysterious character of the immortal tragedy. Based on this scientific work, Ara Yernjakyan’s book “The Mystery of Horatio” was published in Moscow in 2016.

A. Yernjakyan staged more than 50 plays in the theater, dozens of large-scale show events (“Christmas,” etc.), and directed the following feature films: “Term: 7 Days” (1990), “Armenicum UPSA” (1999), “Anniversary Client” (2012), the short film “Eclipse,” dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide (2013), “Jeanne” (2015). 

At the “Artavazd” award ceremony, Ara Yernjakyan was recognized as the winner of “Best Play” in 2006, “Best Play” in 2009, “Best Theatrical Project” in 2016, and in 2014 Ara Yernjakyan was awarded the “Special Grand Prix named after G. Kaplanian” at the “Artavazd” award ceremony.
Ara Yernjakyan was awarded the “Argishti the First” order, the Grigor Narekatsi commemorative medal, and the “Artavazd” badge.
Member of the Union of Theatre Workers of Armenia.
He is a member of the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia.
He is a laureate of many international theater and film festivals.
Ara Yernjakyan continues to work on new plays, shows, and projects.

1973 – “Seven Jokes from Armenia”
1976 – “Gentlemen, Everything is Falling Apart, But You Can Still Live and Have Fun”
1982 – “The Tale of the Prince and the Girl Who Didn’t Believe in Fairy Tales” (“The Alchemist”)
1982 – “An Ordinary Concert”
1982 – “Pictures at an Exhibition”
1983 – “The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats, or Once Again About the Goats”
1984 – “Etude about Women”
1985 – “Chronicle of Yerevan Days”
1985 – “The Railroad” (“Purgatory”)
1988 – “Aik”

1990 – “Our Father”
1993 – «Ես իմ անուշ Հայաստանի…»
1997 – “Cabaret”
1998 – “Anter Ground”
1999 – “Titanic, made in Armenia”
2001 – “Sasun David Copperfield” (“The Saw of Death”)
2001 – “Miss Hell, a Godless Comedy”
2002 – “Linsi Show” (“Albania+”)
2004 – “Government Concert”
2004 – “Cello Sonata”

2006 – “To Arms”
2006 – “The Call of the Fireflies, or What Happened in the Bathroom”
2007 – “Armmageddon”
2008 – “A Very Love Story”
2008 – “Recipe for Uzbek Plov” (“Anniversary Client”)
2012 – “Gentlemen, Everything is Falling Apart, But You Can Still Live and Have Fun” (in Armenian)
2013 – “Magical Ball”
2013 “Love Quadrangle”
2015 – “Confession of Love”
2016 – “White Storks”
2017 – “No Men, No Problems”
2019 – “Boys Crossing Borders, or Etude about Women”
2022 – “Birth Certificate”

1973 – “Seven Jokes from Armenia”
1976 – “Gentlemen, Everything is Falling Apart, But You Can Still Live and Have Fun”
1982 – “The Tale of the Prince and the Girl Who Didn’t Believe in Fairy Tales” (“The Alchemist”)
1982 – “An Ordinary Concert”
1982 – “Pictures at an Exhibition”
1983 – “The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats, or Once Again About the Goats”
1983 – “Brave Nazar” by D.Demirchyan
1984 – “Etude about Women”
1985 – “Chronicle of Yerevan Days”
1985 – “The Railroad” (“Purgatory”)
1985 – “Hamlet” by W. Shakespeare (in Russian)
1986 – “Hamlet” by W. Shakespeare (in Armenian)
1986 – “Theatre of the Times of Nero and Seneca” by E. Radzinsky
1986 – “The Gathering of Mice” by H. Aper
1988 – “Aik”

1990 – “Our Father”
1993 – «Ես իմ անուշ Հայաստանի…»
1997 – “Cabaret”
1998 – “Anter Ground”
1999 – “Titanic, made in Armenia”
2001 – “Sasun David Copperfield” (“The Saw of Death”)
2001 – “Miss Hell, a Godless Comedy”
2002 – “Linsi Show” (“Albania+”)
2003 – “Nero” by E. Radzinsky
2004 – “Government Concert”
2004 – “Cello Sonata”
2004 – “610 Bedford Drive. I’m an American” by M. Ronzoni

2005 – “Nazar, Nazar to the End”
2005 – “Etude about Women” (in Armenian)
2006 – “To Arms”
2007 – “Armmageddon”
2008 – “A Very Love Story”
2008 – “Anniversary Client” (“Recipe for Uzbek Plov”)
2008 – “Every Day is New Year’s”

2010 – “The Call of the Fireflies, or What Happened in the Bathroom”
2012 – “Gentlemen, Everything is Falling Apart, But You Can Still Live and Have Fun” (in Armenian)
2013 – “Magical Ball”
2013 – “Love Quadrangle”
2015 – “Confession of Love”
2016 – “White Storks”
2017 – “No Men, No Problems”
2021 – “Hamlet” by W. Shakespeare
2022 – “Birth Certificate”

1987 – “Hot August of ’68”
1990 – “Birth Certificate”
1990 – “Term: Seven Days”
1999 – “Armenicum UPSA”
2001 – “The Story of Three Crimes”

2011 – “Anniversary Client”
2011 – “The Last Waltz of the Mammoths”
2011
– “Flood”

2011 – “Jeanne”
2012 – “Eclipse”
2019 – “White Storks

1990 – “Term: Seven Days”
1999 – “Armenicum UPSA”
2012 – “Anniversary Client”
2013 – “Eclipse,” short film
2015 – “Jeanne”
2019 – Documentary film “White Storks”

1980 – “The Identification System”
1982 – “Who’s Who in Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet'”

Yerevan, 2004:  Ara Yernjakyan, “Pessimistic Comedies”, First Book. Published by “Tigran Mets”.
In 2004, the first volume of Ara Yernjakyan’s book “Pessimistic Comedies” was presented at the Chamber Theater (in Russian). It included three plays: “Sonata for Cello”, “The Alchemist”, “The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats, or Once Again About the Goats” and two screenplays: “Term: Seven Days”, “The Tale of Three Crimes” and a research essay: “Who’s Who in Shakespeare’s Hamlet”.

Yerevan, 2008:  Ara Yernjakyan, “Pessimistic Comedies”, second, third, and fourth books, published by “Tigran Mets”.
In 2008, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th volumes of Ara Yernjakyan’s “Pessimistic Comedies” (in Armenian) were published, which included plays as well as a work dedicated to the system of identification. The collection also included the scientific work “Spiritism of a Character” (the character Horatio in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”).

Moscow, 2016:  Ara A. Yernjakyan, “The Mystery of Horatio” (“Who’s Who” in W. Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”). Published by “Renome +”.
In September 2016, Ara Yernjakyan’s book “The Mystery of Horatio” was released in Moscow. It is dedicated to perhaps the most mysterious and least studied character of William Shakespeare – Horatio. This research work may be of great interest to scholars studying the work of the great English playwright and may stimulate a rethinking of some established views on the famous work.

Yerevan, 2021: Ara A. Yernjakyan, “Certificate of Birth, or the Story of One Theater”. Published by “Antares”.
The book tells about the creation and development of a unique theater.

Yerevan, 2022:  Ara Yernjakyan, “The Mystery of Horatio”, (“Who’s Who in William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet'”). Published by “Zangak”. 
The book is dedicated to perhaps the most mysterious and least studied character of William Shakespeare – Horatio. Using an almost mathematically structured system of reasoning and logical conclusions, the author offers an unexpected but scientifically substantiated conclusion. This work is of great interest to researchers of the great English playwright’s work and may lead to a re-evaluation of some established views on the famous work. This book, written easily and without excess “scientificness,” will also be of interest to a wide range of readers.