Born in Leningrad in 1954. Graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre Music and Cinematography (class of well-known scene designer Igor Ivanov). Emil Kapelush is a set designer, painter and graphic artist. He has worked on more than one hundred productions in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk, Tbilisi, Vilnius, Tallinn, and also in Great Britain, Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Emil works primarily with forward-thinking directors such as G. Dityatkovsky, G. Vasiliev, R. Smirnov, V. Tumanov and others. Emil Kapelush holds many Russian theatre prizes, including a Golden Sofit 1997 for a production of Old-World Landowners at Leningrad Young Viewers' Theatre, a Golden Mask 2000 for the play The Tempest at the Komissarzhevskaya Theatre in St. Petersburg, and also a prize for best set design at the Theatre Forum Festival in Manchester. He has participated in exhibitions since 1976 and has had 13 one-man shows in St. Petersburg, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. His works can be found in museums of St. Petersburg, Moscow, Stockholm, New Jersey (US), and in many private collections in Russia and abroad.