Emil Kapelyush, born in 1954, emerged in the late 1990s as one of the most distinctive theater designers in Russia. His work with the director Grigory Dityatkovsky in St. Petersburg and Moscow has been especially successful. Kapelyush?s work is marked by great imagination that conjoins easily with a purely practical approach. No prop, no aspect of a Kapelyush set is ever there for decorative purposes, although his work can be breathtakingly beautiful. Everything he provides as a designer is a tool for the director and the actors. In this sense, at least, he may be considered a spiritual successor of the great David Borovsky.
Since 1976, following his graduation from the Theater Institute on Mokhovaya Street in Leningrad, Kapelyush has designed sets and/or costumes for some 150 shows in Leningrad and St. Petersburg. In the former Soviet Union, he has also worked in Moscow, Tbilisi, Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. He has designed abroad in Switzerland, England, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland and Korea.
As a painter, Kapelyush has exhibited works throughout Russia, Europe and the United States. His paintings have been purchased for collections in museums in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Stockholm and New Jersey.
Emil Kapelyush designed the set and costumes for Ariston.