* 1980

in Odessa.

Oleg Zhukov came to Germany in 1994 and later trained as a movement teacher. In 2002 he made his stage debut at the Oberhausen Theatre. Further stages in his stage career were the Freie Werkstatt Theater in Cologne, the Sophiensaele in Berlin, the Forum Freies Theater in Düsseldorf and the theatres in Bonn, Koblenz and Aachen. In 2011 Zhukov performed at the Zurich Opera House in the play “The Nose” directed by Peter Stein.
As a director, Zhukov has been staging plays at Theater Arbeit Duisburg since 2006, working with juvenile prisoners among others. Oleg Zhukov wrote the stage play “Nordstadt” for the literature competition In Zukunft of the Westfälisches Landestheater. In 2012, together with Kornelius Heidebrecht and Martin Kloepfer, he founded the group Subbotnik, a German-Russian platform for theatre. In 2013, Subbotnik was awarded the City of Düsseldorf’s Förderpreis für darstellende Kunst.
Occasionally, Oleg Zhukov also works in front of the camera. In addition to several short films as well as diploma and graduation films, he was seen in three Tatort episodes and in an episode of the series “Familie Dr. Kleist”. Under the direction of Werner Schroeter, Zhukov played in the feature film “This Night”, which was shown at the Venice Film Festival.
Oleg Zhukov lives in Cologne. In addition to his native Russian, he speaks fluent German and Polish.