From the performance "Oprheus" / photo credit: Stefan N. Shterev
Graduated from the Higher Institute of Theatre Arts "Kr. Sarafov" in 1982 in the class of Prof. Nikolay Lyutskanov. He has performed in the Dramatic Theatre in Varna, where he debuted in the role of Tuzenbach in "Three Sisters" by A. Chekhov, in the Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre, the Little City Theatre "Off the Channel", and Theatre-Laboratory Sfumato. His more significant roles in the Youth Theatre are Stanislas in "The Eagle with Two Heads" by Jean Cocteau, the Dream in the "Button for Sleep" by Valeri Petrov, Kleff in "Five Finger Exercise" by Peter Shaffer, and in Theatre-Laboratory Sfumato: Dorn in "P.S." after Chekhov, Senebirski in "Sin Kutsar" by Yordan Yovkov, the Devil in "The Asryphus", Odysseus in "The Dream of Odysseus", Tiresius in "Tiresius The Blind", Valmont in "Quartet" by Heiner Muller.
Since 2009 he has been in the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, where his roles are: Sancho Panza in "Don Quixote" by Cervantes, the Man in Black in "Man, Who Gets Slapped" by Leonid Andreev, Aston in "Porter" by Harold Pinter, the Man in "Nirvana" by Konstantin Iliev, Eilert Leofborg in "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen, Roy Cohen in "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner, Leslie in "Seascape" by Edward Albee, Writer in "The Evil Prince" by Georgi Tenev, He in "The Dove" by Patrick Suskind, Lebedev in "The Idiot’2012" after Fyodor Dostoevsky, Vitaly in "Jeanne" by Jaroslava Pulinovich, Andre in "The Father" by Florian Zeller, Fyodor Karamazov in "The Brothers Karamazov".
Winner of numerous awards, among which: "Golden Mask" of the International Theatre Festival "Ohrid Summer" in 1995 for the role of Astrov in "Uncle Vanya"; ASKEER 1996 for a leading male role for the Man in "Nirvana" and ASKEER 2007 for a leading male role in "He Death Dance"; Icarus Award 2023 for leading male role for the role of Pop Krаstyo in "Easter Wine" by Konstantin Iliev, dir. Yavor Gardev, ASКEER 2023 for a leading male role for the role of Pop Krаstyo in "Easter Wine", Award for Male Role from the National Festival of Small Theatre Forms – Vratsa, the highest award of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria – the Golden Century Award-necklace and Award for outstanding achievements in the field of culture for 2023 of the Directorate "Culture" of the Sofia Municipality in the "Theatre" for the role of Pop Krastyo.
During this season, on the stage of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, you can watch Vladimir Penev in the following performances: "Moby Dick", "Easter Wine", "The Father", "The Son", "Vazov's People" and "Orpheus".