Esmukhan Obayev

Obayev Esmukhan Nesipbayevich, National artist of Kazakhstan.

After graduating from high school in 1960 he studied in the “theatrical" department by profession director of the Kazakh State Conservatory named after Kurmangazy. The first performances were "Romeo and Juliet" (Shakespeare) "Father's fate" (B. Zhakiev) in the Karaganda Regional Theater named after S.Seifullin.

1965-1967 he worked as a director of the academic drama theater named after M.Auezov. After successful performances on the stage of this theater such as "Zhayau Musa" (Z. Akysh), "Buran" (T. Ahtanov), "Eyeglasses" (B. Mailin) by decision of the Collegiums of the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan, the young director went on training to improve skills in Academic drama theater of M. Gorky (MAT), Moscow.

In 1968-1970 he took lessons from national artists such as M. N Kedrov and I. M Rajewski in the Moscow Art Theater, was an assistant director in performances "The Government Inspector" (N. Gogol), "Favorite consolation" (A. Tur).

In 1970 Obayev E. N was recruited as a director to the Theatre for Children and Youth named G.Musrepov, in Almaty and he has staged: "Pure Love" (S. Mukhanov.), "Daughter Kazhgar" (S. Mukanov.), "Botagoz" (S Mukanov) "The night of the lunar eclipse" (M. Karim), "Makhambets arrow" (A. Alimjanov), etc.

Kazakh and world classical pieces, which the director successfully staged: In the Kyrgyz State Academic Drama Theater " Manas - Son of Semetei", in the Osh regional drama theater "Karakoz" of  M.Auezov,  in Issyk-Kul regional dramatic theater "Abay" of M. Auezov, the Kyrgyz State Theatre of youth "Salt desert" of M. Gapparov.

Creative way of the talented director has continued in the period 1971-1992 in the holy land of Abay in Semipalatinsk, where he was appointed artistic director of the Regional Musical Drama Theatre named after Abay. During his time here, he has staged playwrights of today, of Eastern, Russian, Kazakh classics and famous writers such as William Shakespeare, Nikolai Gogol, M.Auezov, G.Musrepov, B.Mailin, O.Bokey etc, due to which has increased the creative level of Semipalatinsk actors, and their popularity came the across the country.

He staged performances such as "Marriage", "The Government Inspector " by N. Gogol, " On the bottom" M. Gorky, "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare, "Bashmagym" G. Faiz, "Kudasha" of S. Kudash, "Arshin mal alan"  U. Gadjibekov, from national classics "Abay", "Karakoz", "Ayman - Sholpan", "Enlіk - Kebek", "Dos - Bedel Dos" M.Auezov; "Kyz Zhibek", "Akan serі - Aktokty", "Kozy Korpesh - Bayan Sulu" by G.Musrepov;  piece of  S.Mukanov "Shokhan Ualikhanov", "Maira" by E. Rakhmadiyev and G.Musrepov, as well as the play of young playwrights, such as "My foal" O. Bokeev, " The trains rush", "Elder sister", "Perizat " by D. Isabekov; "Farewell to the old house" by T. Nurmagambetov; "Tas kiyіkter" by N. Orazalin, "Look for yourself", "The Return of Kazbek", "Night dialogue" by R. Seysenbaev; "Cavaliers",  “Good bye, my fairy tale!" by B. Mukai.

In 1992 - 1995 years was appointed rector of the Kazakh State Institute of Theater and Cinema named T.Zhurgenov (Academy of Arts) and made every effort to revive the institution of a new line.


In 1995- 2001 Professor, execution of position of First Deputy Minister of Culture and Deputy Chairman of the Cultural Committee of the MK of RK revealed his ability, organizational skills as being a leader. He made a great contribution to the development of Kazakh art.

He was artistic director of the days of culture of the Kazakh art, which took place in Germany, India, Korea, China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, etc. He promoted and demonstrated a high level of national art in many countries near and far abroad.

Under the direction of E.Obayev, with great success have been carried out momentous events like a 150th anniversary of Abay and Zhambyl, 100th anniversary M.Auezov and K.Satpaev, in Astana, 1500 anniversary of the Great Turkestan, 2000th anniversary of Taraz.

In 2001, on the decree of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan he was appointed artistic director of the Kazakh State Academic Drama Theater named after M.Auezov. In recent years, on the stage of this theater he staged "Ayman - Sholpan", "Abay" M. Auezov; "The Government  Inspector " ("Pair")N. Gogol; "Farewell to the old house," T. Nurmaganbetov, "Kara kempіr" A. Amzeuly, "To live without causing pain to each other" piece of  Kyrgyz playwright B. Zhakiev, "Gypsy Serenade" piece of  I. Saparbay (together with T. Aralbaev ), "Do not lose hope," N. Kelimbetov, "Courageous" by D. Isabekov, "The Great and the Thief" by T. Abdikov.  This performances going today with success, speak of "searching the soul of the flesh person in a society"." His ability, organizational skills as being the head of theatre, his works are paying off.

Since April 2013, adviser of the theater director.

For the achievement of creative success, merits in the development of theater art in 1975 E.Obayev awarded the title "Merited Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan", and in 1988 was awarded the honorary title "National Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan", in 1993 awarded the title of Professor of Science of Art. For a huge contribution to the development of theatrical art he awarded prize "Tarlan - Platinum" (2004), Chevalier of the Order "Parasat" (2007), owner of the medal "20 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan" (2011), Commander of the Order "Barys" (2014), Medal of  "25 Years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan" (2016). 

In a creative way director has staged performances at the National Opera - Ballet Theater named after K.Baiseitov, in regional Russian and Kazakh theaters, as well as more than 100 performances in Central Asia.