People

Sasha Razor is the founder and executive director of RussianLosAngeles.org. She holds a C. Phil. degree from the Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures at UCLA where she is finishing her dissertation on the screenplays of Russian prose authors in the 1920s and 1930s. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books. Since 2017, Sasha has been working on creating a historical map of Russian Los Angeles from the early 1900s to the late 1960s, a project that grew out of her Languages of Los Angeles course that she co-taught at UCLA with late professor Vyacheslav Vs. Ivanov. She is the curator of “Exiles, Protesters, Envoys: Russian History in Photographs.”

Boris Dralyuk is a member of the Board of Directors and a curator of RussianLosAngeles.org. He is a literary translator and the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA, where he taught Russian literature for a number of years, as well as at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of Western Crime Fiction Goes East: The Russian Pinkerton Craze 1907-1934 (Brill, 2012) and translator of several volumes from Russian and Polish, including Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry (Pushkin Press, 2015) and Odessa Stories (Pushkin Press, 2016), and Mikhail Zoshchenko’s Sentimental Tales (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Gala Minasova is the film curator and archival producer of RussianLosAngeles.org. Originally from Russia, Gala is a Los Angeles-based writer and producer. She graduated from Moscow State University with a master’s degree in Russian Language and Literature. Gala is the co-producer of “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché,” the 2018 feature documentary about the first female filmmaker, executive produced by Robert Redford and narrated by Jodie Foster. Her latest project is the English version of the award-winning animation series “Masha and the Bear,” currently available on Netflix, for which she wrote the English adaptation and voice directed the actors and singers.

Yelena Severina is the theater curator of RussianLosAngeles.org. She specializes in symbolist theater and performance during the Russian fin-de-siècle. Her most recent research focuses on the role of tableaux vivants in costume dramas of the silent era. Her involvement in this project stems from her interest in the experiences of Russian-speaking emigres (artists, writers, actors, photographers) who visited Los Angeles and/or attempted to establish their careers in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. Yelena holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA, where she is employed as a lecturer.

Ivan Podvalovis a curator, historical consultant, and contributor specializing in the first and second waves of Russian immigration to Los Angeles. He is the author of two books on the history of Russian LA: Russkie v Los-Andzhelese (2012) and Istoriia prikhodskoi shkoly pri Preobrazhenskom sobore v Los-Andzhelese (2016), and the curator of the exhibition “Contribution of the Golitsyn Family to the Cultural and Social Life of the City of Los Angeles,” which inaugurated the opening of the Museum of Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral in 2018. Ivan is an active member of the Congress of Russian Americans, the Russian Nobility Association, the Russian Imperial Order, and the Russian Children’s Aid Fund in memory of Princess Lyubov Golitsyna.