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.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Aug. 3, 2011.