Director, artistic director of Penza Theatre Kukolny Dom [A Doll’s House] (since 1989) and Ulyanovsk Regional Puppet Theatre (since 2015).
Vladimir was the head of Bratsk Puppet Theatre and staged productions across Russia. He is an honorary cultural worker of the Russian Federation. Two of his productions became the winners of the National Theatre Award THE GOLDEN MASK (The Bear, 2011; To Kill Karol, 2014).
Vladimir Biryukov advocates meticulously psychological puppet theatre, whether he is working with jigging puppets or marionettes, whether he stages Chekhov’s, Mrozek’s or Kolyada’s plays or his own adaptation of a well-known fairy tale. He constantly collaborates with designer Viktor Nikonenko.
Martynko — 1994, BTK
The Winter’s Tale — 2001, Kukolny Dom Theatre, Penza
Thumbelina — 2005, Puppet Theatre Pierrot, Orenburg
Once Upon A Time — 2007, Kukolny Dom Theatre, Penza
My Friend Genie — 2010, Kukolny Dom Theatre, Penza
The Bear — 2011, Kostroma Puppet Theatre together with Creative Union Kultproyekt [Cultural Project]
To Kill Karol — 2014, Kukolny Dom Theatre, Penza
Pannochka — 2014, Tomsk Regional Theatre of Puppet and Actor Skomorokh together with Creative Union Cultural Project
The Parrot and the Brooms — 2016, Kukolny Dom Theatre, Penza
The Tale of Fedot the Shooter, the Daring Fellow — 2017, Ulyanovsk Puppet Theatre named after V. M. Leontyeva
“The big puppeteer has small puppets: Vladimir Biryukov, especially when he works in a duet with Viktor Nikonenko, often prefers small worlds to the big world. It has always seemed that he was thinking on a small scale. However, now we understand: puppet worlds – that is where life really is.”
"St. Petersburg Theatre Journal"
“This is a small-stage production for children, very Chekhovian in its intonation and atmosphere. It is also very unpredictable. It plays to an audio recording – the characters speak with the voices of well-known drama actors: Oksana Mysina gave her voice to the widow with cheek dimples, Sergei Garmash – to the not-so-old country gentleman, Kamil Tukayev – to the servant of Elena Ivanovna. Even the puppets, designed by Viktor Nikonenko, slightly resemble these actors. That is how it was conceived by Vladimir Biryukov, one of the most sought-after directors-puppeteers not only in Russia, but also abroad. “In my opinion, Chekhov should be performed by very good actors,” says Vladimir Biryukov. "
State TV and radio company Yuzhny Ural [The South Urals]