Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko (Russian: Владимир Иванович Немирович-Данченко; 23 December [O.S. 11 December] 1858 – 25 April 1943, Moscow) was a Russian and Soviet theatre director, writer, pedagogue, playwright, producer and theatre administrator, who founded the Moscow Art Theatre with his colleague, Konstantin Stanislavski, in 1898.
Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko was born into a mixed Ukrainian-Armenian family in the village of Shemokmedi near Ozurgeti (Georgia). His father was an officer of the Russian army, and his mother, Alexandra Yagubyan (1829–1914), was an Armenian. He was educated at High school in Tbilisi and then at Moscow State University (physical-mathematical and juridical departments 1876–1879). In 1879 he left the University for the theatre, starting as a theatre critic, and in 1881, his first play "Dog-rose", which was staged in one year by Maly Theatre, was published.
He was a teacher of Moskvin, Knipper and Meyerhold. In 1919 he established the Musical Theatre of the Moscow Art Theatre, which was reformed into the Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre in 1926. In 1943 Nemirovich-Danchenko established the Moscow Art Theatre School, which is still extant.
Nemirovich-Danchenko opened for theatre a true sense of Chekhov and Gorky plays, a prose of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. It has been said that "If Stanislavsky was the soul of Art Theatre, then Nemirovich was its heart".
Nemirovich-Danchenko created an "acting" and "directing" style of the Moscow Art Theatre, "actors ensemble" and "atmosphere". Because of this the Moscow Art Theatre was considered the best theatre of the world at that time. But Nemirovich didn't write down his "system" of acting and we know only the "system of Stanislavski". He was one of the first recipients of the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1936. Later, he was awarded the USSR State Prize (1942, 1943), the Order of Lenin (3 May 1937), and Order of the Red Banner of Labour (25 February 1936).
- The Brothers Karamazov (1910)
- Resurrection (1930)
- Anna Karenina (1937)
- Three Sisters (1940)