Born in Rostov-on-Don in Russia in 1969, Kirill Serebrennikov turned to theatre in 1992 after studying science at university. He adapted Maxime Gorki, William Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, or Mark Ravenhill for Moscow theatres and directed operas at the Bolshoi Theatre and in Europe. The winner of several awards for his work in television, he has also directed feature films (The Disciple, Leto). He has been the director of the Gogol Center in Moscow since 2012. His daring, impertinent theatre shows a great freedom and spirit of resistance. Outside is his third creation for the Festival d'Avignon, after The Idiots and Dead Souls. Since August 2017, he has been the object of a Kafkaesque trial.