If a person has talent, he is manifested in everything that this one undertakes. So is Roman Kozak, who can be called an actor, director, and theater director. And all these titles are suitable for him, because he managed to do a lot in life, especially for the theater.
He staged performances in different theaters: in the Moscow Moscow Art Theater, in the Riga Theater of Russian Drama, in the capital's theater. Pushkin and others. In the latter, he was also the artistic director. When Kozak came to this temple of Melpomene, he was not in the best condition. However, the talent of the leader helped Roman Efimovich to return the theater to its former glory and love of the audience.
Probably, it was not for nothing that he was chosen as the chairman of the Guild of Theater Directors of the Russian Federation and was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia.
Roman Kozak was born in the city of Vinnitsa in 1957. His family had nothing to do with the art world, so he did not immediately come to the theater. Following the example of his peers, Roman entered a technical university and was educated as an electrical engineer. However, he did not turn out to be a techie, and he entered the course of the famous actor Oleg Efremov at the Moscow Art Theater School.
Later, Kozak said that it was Efremov who gave him all the knowledge that was useful in the skill of the actor. And that Oleg Nikolaevich made an invaluable contribution to his formation as a director.
With a brand new diploma in 1983, Roman joined the Moscow Art Theater as an actor. However, even then he liked to stage performances more than to play in them, and in his free time he worked in the theater-studio "Man", which was distinguished by his creative pursuits. Gradually, he completely switched from acting to directing.
His first production, entitled "Cinzano", was released in 1987, followed by the play "Elizabeth Bam at the Ivanovs' Christmas Tree" (1989). The audience of the young director's work was warmly received, and this inspired him to further work.
In 1990, Kozak founded the theater "The Fifth Studio of the Moscow Art Theater" and marked its opening with the production of "Masquerade" by Lermontov.
Roman Efimovich was lucky in life with changes and movements - already in 1991 he took the post of chief director of the theater. KS Stanislavsky, then staged performances at the Riga Theater of Russian Drama. He did not stop working with the Moscow Art Theater, but if he was invited to some interesting project, he invariably agreed.
Therefore, his name is known and remembered to this day by spectators of different theaters in different countries. He staged performances in England, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Switzerland, USA and other countries.
As a leader, Kozak simply saved the Pushkin Theater, carrying out radical transformations in it. He initiated a change in the charter of the theater, removed six performances from the repertoire, and brought novelty and creativity to the life of the theater.
Once Roman Efimovich met the charming Alla Sigalova, and soon they became husband and wife. Alla ran the Contemporary Dance Theater, which means that the spouses had common interests.
Roman Efimovich died in 2010 and is buried at the Troekurovsky cemetery in Moscow.