She fused amateur and professional actors in the newly established center
A Crimean resident and a professional stage director, Natalia Menshykova has founded her own theater in the city of Lviv. She had to leave her theatrical life on the peninsula and move to the western Ukrainian city two and a half years ago.
At her new place, she drew on like-minded people and created an amateur/professional theater "Domus" in uptown Lviv . For the opening night, they chose a play 'Waking or sleeping" inspired by the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Anna Sokolova. It focuses on people who constantly struggle with different obstacles throughout their lives. They are depicted through animals who are hostages of a traveling zoo.
The premiere gathered a full hall of theater goers. Not only Lviv residents flocked to see the play but there were a lot of internally displaced people both from Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
Natalia Menshykova, stage director of "Domus" theater: We united displaced people and locals. We want to bring together children and adults in one theater, all together a fusion of amateurs and professionals.