Anatoly G. Antohin
1949-2011
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Anatoly G. Antohin, 62, died in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 28, 2011. There will be an informal remembrance gathering this Saturday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Salisbury Lab Theatre on campus. His family is holding a service Aug. 4 in Addis Ababa.
Anatoly was born March 1, 1949, in Moscow, Russia, and worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1989-2009 in the Theatre Department as a director, filmmaker and playwright. He was a true visionary who brought strong artistic presence to every project he worked on, enriching the Fairbanks community and expanding the minds of his students.
Anatoly enjoyed an outstanding career as a playwright in his native Russia before his defection to the United States in 1980. Antohin came to UAF after teaching at the University of Connecticut, New York University, and Hollins College. While here, he directed dozens of shows - the most notable include an original adaptation of "Inspector General", "Three Sisters" by Chekhov which was the first full-length play to be streamed live on the Internet, a visually rich version of "Dangerous Liaisons" and his crowning achievement was "Caligari: Alaska" based on the classic silent film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari."
He also started RAT (Russian American Theatre), a Russian-American student exchange program, with a Fulbright grant, 1992-1994.
After retiring from UAF, Anatoly and his wife Esther began a theater company, LUL, the first private theatre troupe in English in Addis Ababa.
A loving father, musician and painter, his warm charm will be missed by the many lives he touched.
He is survived by his wife Esther of Ethiopia, and their children Alexandra (Sasha) currently in London, England, and Alyosha (Alex) of San Diego, Calif., who were both students at UAF.
His eldest son Anton Antokhin lives in Denver, and his daughter Maria Agapova lives in Washington. He is survived by six grandchildren, also in Denver.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Aug. 3, 2011.
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December 30, 2017
"Touch". Anatoly Antohin. Maui, Hawaii.
I did not know. Mr. Anatoly Antohin. Save for a painting in my favorite aunt & cousin's apartment, which I frequented often at as a child in the East Village of New York City in the 1980's. When my aunt passed unexpectedly in the early 90's, her son (a great artist himself) offered me this painting of theirs as a way to calm my sorrow. He knew it always suspended my awareness of reality. This painting was my first realization that art existed as something much, much greater and powerful than anything I could express or understand. It both takes me back to my childhood, and elecits a new perspective each moment I set down to contemplate it. I have been to Hawaii many times since. And I am moving away from NYC today. And I set down again to contemplate. I never knew Mr. Anatoly Antohin. I wish that I had beyond this work. Thank you, Mr. Anatoly Antohin. I did not know...
W Lara
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September 1, 2011
We will never forget all the friendship, support and kindness of Anatoly and Esther: the warmth of this family was tremendous. They were our first friends in Fairbanks, after we came here in August of 1990 from St.Petersburg (still Leningrad then). Our hearts go out to Esther, Anton, Sasha and Alyosha.
Alla Grikurova
August 26, 2011
I did not have the honor to work with Anatoly, but I saw a number of his UAF shows. I loved how his theatrical productions always had a cinematic influence and cross cultural flair. He was a gift to the community in so many ways. I had the good fortune of sitting in on many conversations with him, and I truly enjoyed his cultural exchange of ideas and artistic visions. He was a true world citizen and an artist whose thirst for creating was never quite quenched. His passion was palpable. My condolences to Esther and the rest of his family. Your dear Anatoly is remembered by many around the world.
Abbie Johnson
August 13, 2011
All of these posts are bringing swarms of memories. I am smiling. I cannot land on just one to share. But I did make one realization - when I'm directing a show, I shout "focus! People, focus". Thanks Anatoly. Pieces of your vision lives on in the art of your students.
Ilena lee Cramer
August 10, 2011
Anatoly,

I remember the way you would remove your glasses and say, "Focus, Calvin, focus!" with your hands in the air, exasperation etched on your face. You are loved and missed.

My condolences,
Calvin
August 8, 2011
Anatoly made me feel so special during Reckless. I hold my memories of him close to my heart. I also worked with him during Dangerous Liasons where he showed how brilliant he was. I had the good fortune of meeting Ester and his two children with her and my heart goes out to them. Anatoly you will be dearly missed!
Barbara Pitsenberger
August 8, 2011
He was such a great artist. My sincere condolence for his family and friends. May you take comfort in knowing that the hour will come when those in the menorial tombs will hear the Lord's voice and come out - John 5:28, 29. He will have the opportunity to use his great talent again.
Rudy R
August 7, 2011
I treasure the times I worked with and learned from him at UAF. Lots of love to his family.
Sarah Hartley Shaw
August 6, 2011
Anatoly pushed me in interesting directions. He taught me fundamentals of film, and to look for visual metaphors when watching movies, in a course when I was only 14. Later, between the ages of 19 and 20, I believe I took courses in theatre literature and directing from him. It wasn't always clear what we were studying or doing, and there were frequent arguments but they were enjoyable classes. Later I worked with him in three theatre UAF productions, one of which I quit because i was frustrated with him, In another he fired me- presumable as he was frustrated with me. (these were Dangerous Liasons and The Importance of Being Earnest) However, our third production together was a success- Calagari Alaska was a fantastic experience, and I was pleased that my music fit his intense vision. Thanks for being my teacher Anatoly, and my condolences to your family.

Isaac
August 6, 2011
We were so lucky to have Anatoly teach and direct at UAF. He was amazing.
My condolences to the family.
Linda Harriger
August 5, 2011
Anatoly. You will be remembered. In my work, my thoughts, and in my spirit.
Jonathan Williams
August 5, 2011
My condolences to Anatoly's family. I feel fortunate to have known and worked with him here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I enjoyed his intelligence and humor. He was kind, thoughtful and thought-provoking. We taught together in the ART/MUSIC/THEATRE course. He gave two of the very best lectures I have ever attended. One on the absolute seriousness of humor. It was entertaining and enlightening. The other lecture was just days after Princess Diana was killed. He spoke eloquently about her and the meaning of her life and her death to so many folks around the world. He held a discussion with our class of over 100 students in the Davis Hall. It was riveting and cathartic. I had not thought of her and the symbol she was in this profound way until he lectured on her in such a moving and spontaneous manner.
Anatoly was an incredible teacher and we were lucky to have him here at UAF.
Todd Sherman (Fairbanks, AK)
August 4, 2011
My condolences to the family of Anatoly Antohin. May you all find comfort from God's word recorded at Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6 regarding the loss of your loved one.
Olga P.
August 3, 2011
Thank you for the inspiration that you gave me and the incredible opportunity to study with you in Russia, an experience that I will never forget.
Elaine McFarland
August 3, 2011
My prayers for you and your family
Denise Wartes
August 3, 2011
I'm reminded of an old toast, that we used upon occasion, " Here's to us and those like us, damn few there are." He of all the marvelous people I've met, truly was a Pilgrim Soul. He shall be missed
Ransom Amarantal
August 3, 2011
I have such fond memories of Anatoly, Esther, and their beautiful children. The Antohin family was a big part of the reason Bruce and I loved Fairbanks and found it such an exciting place to live. Anatoly honored me greatly by trusting me with the job of Managing Director of the Theatre Department at UAF. I will always treasure the time my husband and I spent with Anatoly in St. Petersburg, Russia and the happy times we spent in his home, laughing, drinking vodka and meeting his fascinating friends from all around the world. You'll be in my prayers, Esther.
Sandy Wolf
August 3, 2011
it is a tremendous loss to the theatrical community. one of the most brilliant artists I have had the pleasure of working with. he will be missed and his work will have to live on in our hearts and hands.
Greg Aldrich
August 3, 2011
Kay and I are saddened by the loss of this at once great and kind man. Anatoly will be missed. Our condolences go out to Esther, his children and family.
Ted DeCorso
August 3, 2011
What a great creative and intellectual force you were for myself and many other students...rest well.
Diane Swanson
August 3, 2011
Kade and Anatoly in a production meeting for "Caligari: Alaska", 2009
Rest in peace, Anatoly. You are already missed. You will be remembered fondly by the many students and colleagues you touched and enriched.
Kade Mendelowitz
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