LOS ANGELES -- The local theatre world is mourning the loss of George Shdanoff, who died Aug. 14, 1998 of natural causes. Shdanoff was the co-director, with Michael Chekhov, of the Chekhov Theatre, which was formed in England and later transferred to New York. Their productions on Broadway and on tour included Twelfth Night, King Lear and The Possessed,, a play written by Shdanoff and based on Dostoyevski's novel.
After the Chekhov Theatre dissolved, Shdanoff worked as a director and teacher at Actor's Lab in Hollywood. Later he worked as an acting coach in his own studio.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent