Nikolai Evgenievich Sorokin is a famous Russian actor, director, playwright. Artistic director of the Gorky Rostov Academic Drama Theater, Deputy Chairman of the Rostov Branch of the Union of Theater Workers of Russia, People's Artist of the Russian Federation. Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation of the third convocation.
Nikolai Sorokin was born on February 15, 1952 on a farm in the Rostov region. After leaving school and serving in the army, he studied acting at the RUI.
He began his acting career at the Gorky Rostov Drama Theater, where he served all his life.
For many years in the theater he played more than a hundred roles based on the plays of Shakespeare, Ostrovsky, Sholokhov
Sorokin quickly earned the recognition of the audience - with his play he created unforgettable images that evoke strong emotions, for which the theatergoers came again and again.
In 1996, Nikolai Evgenievich became the artistic director of his native theater. The Rostov Academic Drama Theater is a member of the Guild of Russian Theaters, which are more than a hundred years old. There are twelve such theaters in Russia. This undoubtedly imposed on him a special responsibility as artistic director, and since 2007 - and as director. In this position, he not only continued to implement a wide repertoire of the theater, but also invited troupes from other renowned theaters in the country.
Talent and hard work, love for his work allowed Nikolai Evgenievich to preserve his creative component and successfully solve administrative issues.
Sorokin led an active and political life. From 2000 to 2004, he worked in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, was deputy chairman of the Committee on Culture.
He combined this responsible work with the post of deputy chairman of the Rostov branch of the Union of Theater Workers of Russia, where he was also successful. He did not refuse from the management of the theater, managing to work qualitatively in all directions.
Sorokin was a lecturer at the Rostov branch of the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts. He had the title of professor. Nikolai Evgenievich did not know how to do something half-heartedly. He gave himself to any work without a trace. Perhaps this was his success.
On March 26, 2013 Nikolai Evgenievich died. The cause of his death was a long illness.
In honor of him, a memorial plaque was hung on the facade of his native theater.
Nikolai Sorokin was happily married. His wife Tamara Alexandrovna Sorokina worked in the Rostov theater as a make-up artist. But they did not meet at work, as one might think.
The marital union turned out to be strong, but very emotional and "noisy". Creative personalities, both defended their point of view violently and did not want to give in. But, like all thunderstorms, the Sorokins' family bad weather turned out to be short-lived. Tamara Alexandrovna knew how to stop in time, and Nikolai Evgenievich quickly cooled down.
Tamara Sorokina was not only a wonderful wife, but also a professional. Her husband was proud of her success and high level of work.
As the daughter of the Sorokins, Alina, recalls, her father was also an excellent cook. If Tamara Aleksandrovna was responsible for the "main dishes", then Nikolai Evgenievich baked wonderful pies and cakes.
The multifaceted activity of Nikolai Evgenievich assumed frequent partings. Both spouses endured them hard, but courageously. And we tried to spend every vacation together. Tamara endured the death of her beloved husband very hard, but the support of her family and inner strength helped her to endure and return to life.
The daughter of the Sorokins, Alina Sorokina, also works in the theater, which is native to the whole family - she is the head of the advertising and repertoire department.
During his service in the theater, Nikolai Sorokin played more than a hundred roles. These were a variety of images, each of which can be considered an example of acting. He played in plays based on the works of Zoshchenko, Gorky, Goldoni. Ostrovsky, Shukshin, Sholokhov, Chekhov, Radzinsky, Gogol, Pushkin, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky and many others.
Sorokin's directorial work has won recognition from the audience and professionals. He has more than 20 performances on his account. He became the author of the annual New Year's show in his native theater "Spray of Champagne", which he directed for over 15 years.
In addition, Nikolai Evgenievich acted in films. He is known to viewers for his roles in the films "Virgin Soil Upturned", "Ataman", "Kill the Evening", "Schedule of Fates", and this is not a complete list.
Sorokin always believed that the theater should live a busy life. In his opinion, if you work without referring to difficulties, but in spite of them, then a good result is guaranteed. He was sure that people would never stop going to the theater if a festive atmosphere was created for them in the theater. And the troupe of the Chekhov Theater constantly created this atmosphere.
Nikolai Evgenievich did not tolerate "chernukha". He never lowered the bar for his actors and directors and put low-standard productions on the stage of his theater. But the stage of the Rostov Theater has always been open for high-quality performances from other theaters.
In an interview with Anna Petrosyan, the correspondent of Proza.ru, Nikolai Sorokin said: “People go to the theater for a bright, kind one. 2000 years ago it was said about the meaning of theater - entertaining, teach. This is what we are trying to do … that is, from beginning to end to capture the attention of the viewer."
Sorokin's talent and work did not go unnoticed by critics and the jury of numerous competitions. The play "Vassa Zheleznova" won the prize for the best contemporary directing in Bulgaria in 2003, the production "The Fate of a Man" won the main prize of the "Stars of Russia" festival in 2005 and the Grand Prix for original direction. It can take a long time to list all the awards and prizes received by Sorokin and his theater personally at Russian and international theater competitions and festivals, there are dozens of them.
In 1988 Sorokin received the title of "Honored Artist of Russia", in 1996 he was awarded the Order of Friendship, in 1999 - "People's Artist of the Russian Federation", in 2002 he received the medal of the Order "For Services to the Fatherland". In addition, the actor and director was awarded numerous certificates and commendations of the regional and all-Russian levels.