Mikhail Durnenkov is an award-winning Russian playwright and screenwriter based in Moscow. He began writing for theatre in 2000, and has been working professionally in the field since 2005. He is a member of the “New Drama” movement of young Russian playwrights. He is a frequent participant in playwriting seminars and workshops across Russia, and is the author of more than 15 plays and screenplays, some of which have been written in collaboration with his brother Vyacheslav. Mikhail has lectured at Moscow Pedagogical University, and taught documentary theatre seminars. His plays have been staged in Russia, Britain, Finland, Turkey, Belorussia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Mikhail joined Cape Farewell's 2010 Arctic Expedition. The BBC World Service linked to him throughout the voyage and, on his return, he wrote On the Edge of the Earth, a play inspired by his experiences there - the first BBC World Drama to be written in the Arctic.