From the performance "What shall we do with the Cello?" / photo credit: Bozhidar Markov
Graduated from the Higher Institute of Theatre Arts "Kr. Sarafov" in 1967, in the class of Prof. Boyan Danovski. He has performed at the dramatic theatres in Varna and Plovdiv, as well as at the New Drama Theatre "Tears and Laughter" in Sofia. Among his most notable theatrical roles are Antifolus in William Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" and MacMurphy in Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
In 1985, he joined the troupe of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, where he played key roles, including Henry in Margarit Minkov's "The Fireplace, the Lord in Petar Anastasov's "Wolf Church", Boubnov in Maxim Gorky's "The Lower Depths", Doctor in Shakespeare's "Macbeth", Prof. Santana in Eduardo De Filippo's "Ghosts in Naples", Messenger from Corinth in Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex", Painter in Eugene Ionesco's "Macbeth", Spyridon in Kamen Donev's "Day Off", La Farr in Shakespeare's "King Lear", Preskovich in Josianne Balasco's "Santa Claus is Rubbish, Father Olivares in Dimitar Dimov's "Damned Souls", Anuchkin in Gogol's "Marriage", the Teacher in Emilian Stanev's "The Peach Thief", Master Dobry in Racho Stoyanov's "Masters", Babina Dushitsa in Yordan Radichkov's "Attempt to Fly", Ron in Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins' "Nice Fish" and Vucol Potehin in Maxim Gorky's "A Charming Summer with Its Inevitable Troubles".
Marin Yanev also appeared in classic Bulgarian films such as "A Tree Without Roots" and "The Goat Horn".
He received the Award of the Union of Actors in Bulgaria in 1980 for Best Male Role for his portrayal of Mac Murphy in Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
In 1998, he was honoured with the ASKEER Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Lord in Peter Anastasov's "Wolf Church".
Icarus Award 2020 for Outstanding Contribution to Bulgarian Theatre.
Badge of honour "Golden Age" – seal of Tsar Simeon the Great – gold and Certificate for contribution to the development and strengthening of Bulgarian culture and national identity of the Ministry of Culture
During this season, on the stage of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, you can watch Marin Yanev in the following performances: "Attempt to Fly", "What shall we do with the Cello?" and "Exiles".