Co-Founder & Content Production Strategist- Yurij Dobriansky
Yurij Dobriansky (Yumado) was born and raised in New York City and considers himself a native American. Having co-founded Vorochta 5, Yurij works closely with the company in developing new and cutting edge content. A student of anthropology at Hunter College, Yurij draws some inspiration from multicultural taboos and uncommon traditions. Yurij is also a reverend.
Co-Founder & Chief Content Producer- Alexander Kopcyk
Raised in the countryside of Connecticut, Alex Kopcyk (conetiquette) spent most of his youth working at a gas station. After high school, Alex packed his bags and moved to New York City and enrolled in Hunter College. Since then, Alex has brought about many highly praised poems and videos. Alex is also a Ukrainian Folk Dancer.
Co-founder & Business Development – Zenon Halatyn
The man behind the curtain, Zenon (emerckx) was raised in New Jersey in the early part of his childhood. Since then he’s moved around has developed a talent for business and policy. Having studied at Rutgers University, Zenon not only drew up Vorochta 5′s internal policies and procedures, but also sits in on most meetings to manage hostile situations.
Writer & Graphic Artist- Artem Derkatch
Born in the Soviet Union, Artem Derkatch (aderkatch) emigrated from Kyiv to New York City with his family at a young age. He received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University. Artem has been writing for several years now, and is a Master’s candidate at Boston University’s creative writing program, where he studied under National Book Award recipient Ha Jin. Besides being a contributor to Vorochta 5, Artem is also an editorial assistant at the literary magazine AGNI. He travels quite often, sometimes to destinations as far as Ukraine, and in his spare time enjoys working on various graphic design projects.
Writer – Antin Petryk
Separated at birth, Antin Petryk (Antin) was born in Rochester, NY. Developing a keen eye for cinema, Antin studied film as well as the human condition. Joining Vorochta 5 in 2011, Antin’s writing style has been described as raw and true which not only provokes but educates. Antin is still alive.
Marketing Director- Lanya Trypupenko
Born and bred in Philadelphia, Ms. Trypupenko attended Penn State, where she studied English and Business. Her true passions lie in fashion, writing, and marketing. Ms. Trypupenko moved to New York City in January 2012 where she pursued her dreams and dreams are dreamt at Vorochta 5. Aside from being the Marketing Director at Vorochta 5, Ms. Trypupenko also works in the fashion industry where she puts the experience she gained at Vorochta 5 to good work. She also has her own blog over at htpp://www.thestripedelephant.com.
Production Intern- Lida Benson
Born in the heart of the nation, Ms. Benson has always had a flare for theatrics. After being a part of numerous productions in high school and looking at buildings, Ms. Benson packed her bags and headed straight for New York, where she followed her dreams and enrolled in the prestigious Barnard College. There she studied theatre and architecture. After a few months and after a very selective process, she found herself taking on the role of an intern at Vorochta 5, where she not only learned how to read and write, but also found herself taking part in Vorochta 5′s film productions.
Actor / Event Host – Yarko Dobriansky
Born and raised in New York City, Yarko Dobriansky is no stranger to performing arts. Spending a year in Los Angeles, Yarko has studied acting on both sides of the United States and has been a part of numerous productions in film, tv, and on the stage. Older brother of Yurij, the two also sing in the Dobriansky Brothers quartet. Yarko joined Vorochta 5 and has been most acclaimed for his role as Vorochta 5 News weather man, Evan Spectre. Yarko has also been a proponent in the organization and hosting of Vorochta 5′s live events.