Dainius Gavenonis, nominated Best Actor at Imagineindia for Isaac (Jurgis Matulevicius)

Lithuanian theater and cinema actor Dainius Gavenonis is a winner of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts, earlier has received awards from the Ministry of Culture, Golden Stage Cross (main Lithuanian Theatre award), Silver Crane (main cinema award), and other awards for excellent roles. Kaunas born and grown actor currently performs at Oskaras Koršunovas/Vilnius City Theater and Lithuanian National Drama Theater. He plays in numerous films made in Lithuania and appears one of most used actors of his generation in cinema.

I was curious to know why the actor exchanged his passion for fine arts to performing arts. Dainius Gavenonis says, “Since I became interested in film and theatre, I did not think I would become a fine artist. Then, one summer, I accidentally met this girl Jurga, who told me, “I hear you want to get into performing arts, here, this university is gathering a course of philologist actors.” I told her I wanted to be an actor, not a philologist. After that I went to J. Naujalis School and I was offered a night watchman’s job. I worked there for almost half a year. And after I was let go, I went to Stanislovas Rubinovas Youth Studio, which I was attending since 16, because I wanted to be close to theatre and so I could pass the exams.”

Actor adds, “But before the academy (Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy) a future actor can hardly imagine what this profession is about. It is impossible to feel or understand until you end up in the academy. It is always far from how you imagined it. And it is a very difficult profession, also quite nerve-wrecking, because you are very much dependent on others.” 

1997   Aston. Harold Pinter. “Guard“, director Gintaras Liutkevičius.
2000   Paul. Marius von Mayenburg. “Fireface“, director Oskaras Koršunovas.
2000   Homeless Poet. Mikhail Bulgakov. “The Master and Margarita”, director Oskaras Koršunovas.
2001   Ringo. Marius von Mayenburg. “Parasites“, director Oskaras  Koršunovas.
2002   Oedipus. Sophocles. “Oedipus the King“, director Oskaras Koršunovas.
2003   Count Paris. William Shakespeare. “The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet“, director Oskaras Koršunovas.
2008   Claudius. William Shakespeare. “Hamlet“, director Oskaras Koršunovas.
2009   Mikhail Astrov. Anton Chekhov. “Uncle Vania“, director Eric Lacascade.
2010   Satin. Maxim Gorky. “The Lower Depths“, director Oskaras Koršunovas.
2011   Doctor Thomas Stockman. Henrik Ibsen. “An Enemy of the People“, director Jonas Vaitkus.
2012              Masalskis. Justinas Marcinkevičius. “Cathedral“, director Oskaras Koršunovas.
2013   Lilliom. Ferenc Molnár. “Lilliom“,director László Bagossy.
2014   Dorn. Anton Chekhov. “The Seagull“, director Oskaras Koršunovas.
2014   Father, the Killer with an Axe, Stranger, Car Seller. Saara Turunen. “Broken Heart Story“, director Saara Turunen.
2015   Patriarch; Monk Varlam. Alexander Pushkin. “Boris Godunov“, director Eimuntas Nekrošius.
2015   Marius Ivaškevičius. “The Great Evil“, director Árpád Schilling.