Graduated from Leningrad State Institute of Theatre Music and Cinematography in 1974 (Eduard Kochergin's class). Joined the Russian Artists' Union in 1980. Served as a chief set designer for the Youth Theatre on Fontanka in Leningrad from 1981 till 1991. Works frequently with the best Russian and foreign directors. Designed sets for about 200 performances, the best known of which are: The Flea at Irkutsk Young Viewers' Theatre; Bumbarash, Riga Young Viewers' Theatre (Latvia); How You Like It at Baltiysky Dom Theatre; the opera Queen of Spades at the Mariinsky Theatre; The Government Inspector at the National Theatre in Oslo (Norway); PS based on works by E.T.A. Hoffmann at the Alexandrinsky Theatre; Before Sunset at the Tovstonogov Bolshoy Drama Theatre, and others.
Alexander Orlov has been working with the Maly Drama Theatre since 1978. He has created sets for performances of A Few Pages from the Diary of Pechorin, Mumu, The Broken Pitcher, and Running Pilgrims.
Alexander Orlov has participated in international exhibitions, including the Prague Quadrennial (1983).
One-man shows: Borey Art Gallery in 1999, Nashe Nasledie editorial office in 1999.
Awards: Golden Sofit Theatre Prize 1999, 2000; State Prize 2000.
Alexander teaches at the staging department of the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy