People’s Artist of the USSR, the USSR State Prizes Laureate, Hero of Socialist LabourYuriy Alexandrovich Zavadskiy was born on 13 July 1894 in a noble family. He studied at The Moscow University.In 1915 he entered Y.B. Vakhtangov’s Studio, where at first he worked as an artist, then as an actor and director.In 1924-1931 — the MAT actor.In 1924 he founded a Studio, which was later reorganized into Theatre-Studio under direction of Zavadskiy.In 1932-1935 — the Art Director of the Red Army Theatre. In 1936 -1940 — of the Rostov Theatre named after Gorky. Since 1940 — the chief director of the Moscow Mossovyet Theatre. Since 1940 Y.A. Zavadskiy actively taught in GITIS. Since 1947 – a professor.Having played his first parts — Antony (The Miracle of St. Antony, 1916) and Kalif (Princess Turandot, 1922) — under direction of Vakhtangov, Zavadskiy adopted his desire to elegant theatre form, festivity, lightness of the performance.Being an experienced director and teacher, Zavadskiy trained a number of outstanding actors: V. Maretskaya, N. Mordvinov, O. Аbdulov, R. Plyatta, etc. He created a drama school, which is remarkable for easy transformations and wide diapason of work — from dramatically tragic roles to farcial, buffon ones.Yuriy Alexandrovich Zavadskiy died on 5 April 1969.