The life of Sergey Puskepalis was full of events and relocations: the son of a Lithuanian and a Bulgarian was born in Kursk, as a child he vacationed in Kaunas in the summer, and because of his father’s work as a geologist, he visited Chukotka, Bilibino and Zheleznovodsk. At 14, Sergei settled with his relatives in Saratov, where he enrolled in a drama club. Here Puskepalis graduated from the theater school, and after that he went to Severomorsk to serve in the Navy for three years.
After demobilization, Sergei returned to Saratov, where he shone on the stage of the local Youth Theater for 10 years. However, in the province it became crowded for the artist, and he was drawn to a slightly different profession. Therefore, Puskepalis moved to Moscow and graduated from the directing department of GITIS under the direction of Pyotr Fomenko.
The master’s lessons were not in vain, and soon after graduation, our hero presented the play “Twenty-seven” at the festival “Baltic House”, and then the play “From the Red Rat to the Green Star” at the Omsk “Fifth Theater”. For some time, the director worked in the Samara “Monday” and in the Magnitogorsk Drama Theater named after Pushkin, in 2018 he received the post of deputy artistic director of the Gorky Moscow Art Theater for creative work, and in 2019 he headed the Volkovsky Theater in Yaroslavl.
Theater and film projects firmly connected Sergei Puskepalis with Moscow, but despite having an apartment, he refused to settle in the capital, preferring a quiet family nest in Zheleznovodsk to the noise of the metropolis. The artist probably imagined how he would grow old next to his wife in the Stavropol Territory, but fate decreed otherwise: the life of the 56-year-old director ended on September 20 on the M-8 highway in the Yaroslavl region. Colleagues and friends condolences to the relatives of the star, but we remember how Sergey was remembered by others.
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